Israeli academics praise Ben & Jerry boycott in newspaper ad – .

Ben & Jerry’s boycott West Bank and East Jerusalem settlements – .

As Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett pledged to “act aggressively” against Ben & Jerry’s decision to stop selling its ice cream in the territories occupied by Israel, 92 progressive Israelis thanked the ice cream maker on Tuesday. based in Vermont in a full page ad posted in Haaretz.

Under the banner “Thank you Ben & Jerry”, the ad read, “Dear Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, we are writing to let you know that in Israel there are other opinions as well. Thank you for your commitment to Palestinian human rights. More than 30 of the signatories included renowned academics, including 21 professors from the Hebrew University and 11 from Tel Aviv University. Academics from Haifa University, Bar-Ilan University, Weizmann Institute of Science and Bezalel Academy also added their signatures. Politicians also signed, including former United Arab List MPs Sondos Saleh, Iman Khatib-Yasin, Wael Younis and Jabar Asakla. and in Hebrew, at the bottom of the ad: “This statement of gratitude is directed to Ben & Jerry’s Homemade Holdings, Inc. in Vermont, not the company’s Israeli franchise,” which declined Ben & ‘s requests. Jerry’s Global to stop sales in Judea and Samaria, announced July 19.

Pro-Israel watchdog organization Im Tirtzu sharply rebuked the letter in a press release on Wednesday, expressing belief in the seriousness of the “BDS from within” phenomenon.

“While enormous amounts of resources are invested in Israel and around the world to fight the international BDS movement, radical Israeli professors and former politicians are undermining these efforts by promoting BDS from Israel,” Im Tirtzu said.

“There is no parallel in the world to this phenomenon of hypocrisy and ingratitude, in which these professors and former politicians make their living at the expense of the Israeli taxpayer, while at the same time working to boycott and slander. ”


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