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Ron DeSantis Picks Up Fight For Israel Vs. Ben & Jerry’s

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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) wants to place popular ice cream maker Ben & Jerry’s on the state scrutinized companies list. In addition, he also requested the inclusion of Unilever, the parent company of Ben & Jerry’s, to the list.

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Ben & Jerry’s To Stop Selling In Israel-Occupied Palestine Territory

Gov. Ron DeSantis issued his demand after the activist ice cream company announced it will stop selling products in the West Bank. Selling in occupied Palestinian territories is “inconsistent with our values for Ben & Jerry’s ice cream.”

Meanwhile, Florida state law expressly forbids the state from investing in any company that discriminates against Israel. Specifically, it includes any Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel. Many US states made laws that make BDS activities illegal. Many view BDS moves against Israel as antisemitic by its critics.

Ron DeSantis: Florida Has A Strong Relationship With Israel

Gov. Ron DeSantis also noted the strong relationship of his state with the Jewish nation. “As you know, Florida has long had a strong relationship with the State of Israel. As a matter of law and principle, the State of Florida does not tolerate discrimination against the State of Israel” or its people. This includes “boycotts and divestments targeting Israel,” the Florida governor wrote last July 22.

“It has come to my attention that Ben & Jerry’s has announced plans to remove its products and prohibit the sale of its ice cream in Judea and Samaria. These actions taken by Ben & Jerry’s fall squarely within the prohibited activities defined by Section 215.4725(1)(a), Florida Statutes. Ben & Jerry’s is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Unilever, a publicly-traded company in which Florida holds multiple investments,” he wrote. Additionally,  Gov. Ron DeSantis said that “Therefore, I am requesting the State Board of Administration (SBA) immediately place Ben & Jerry’s and Unilever on the Continued Examination Companies that Boycott Israel List, and initiate the process to place Ben & Jerry’s, and by extension Unilever, on the Scrutinized Companies that Boycott Israel List.”

Florida To Drop Its Businesses With Unilever and Ben & Jerry’s In Retaliation

In addition, Gov. Ron DeSantis threatened that a similar boycott would happen to Unilever and Ben & Jerry’s.  Once they join the scrutinized companies list, he will sanction both if they continue with their boycott of Israel. DeSantis added that “These actions affirm the State of Florida’s relationship with the State of Israel and our commitment to a swift response to those who discriminate against the Israeli people.”

Meanwhile, the Israeli Ambassador to the US and the United Nations, Gilad Erdan, urged individual states that forbid BDS campaigns against Israel to punish Ben & Jerry’s for its decision. Erdan said that Ben & Jerry’s boycott of regions of Israel is antisemitic and contributes to the “dehumanization of the Jewish people.” He also said that based on laws legislated by over 35 States, the ice cream maker’s actions can be seen as dehumanizing the Jewish people.

Watch The Young Turks’ video reporting that Florida Governor Ron DeSantis sanctions Ben & Jerry’s:

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  • Anonymous says:

    Our household will stop buying Ben & Jerry’s until their business practices change

  • Elaine says:

    Scary to see the subtle political assassination of the Jewish people happening again. Anyone interested can research the history that resulted in the Holocaust. Ignorant Americans assume it was a sudden attack, but in reality it was subtle pokes at the Jews through political satire and comics in German newspapers LONG before Hitler took power! This is well documented in Dachau museum. Wether we agree or not about what’s happening on ISraeli soil, that’s between them and God ultimately. That is well stated in the Bible. This is a sneaky way for the EVIL of the world to unwittingly dupe otherwise decent folks because they don’t bother to investigate truth for themselves. This is a true danger of erasing history, future generations don’t know how it started and thus are destined to repeat it!

  • Penny Miller says:

    Stopped buying their products when the did not support the police -so now this just fortified why I will continue to boycott! Your companies need to stick to running their business and stay out of politics! These companies need to not be able to make PAC contributions -run your business not politics!!Take a stand America!

  • kerry appleton says:

    well, there you go folks ben and jerry showing there true colors.

  • Princess says:

    If one company is allowed to boycott Israel and just ignored then others will come in to do the same ,we must stand strong against this because it could become a domino effect as it has in America and take over we need to stand up against those who are trying to take over ,stand up for what we know is right to much has already been taken and destroyed in America by ignorance and no one standing up to stop it

  • Stuart D Wagner says:

    Who is Ben and Jerry????

    Let them sell it to the Eskimo’s, if they want it.

    I don’t know anyone that would, including myself…….

    As for Israel, I will support any and all businesses that I could use!!!!

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