On March 14, Vermonters for a Just Peace in Palestine/Israel (VTJP) launched a campaign urging Ben & Jerry's to stop selling and catering to Jewish-only settlements in occupied Palestine. Since then, close to 3,500 people have signed a petition to the company, 650 emails were sent to Ben & Jerry's CEO, and more than 80 organizations have endorsed the campaign. To all those who have taken action so far, VTJP would like to say: Thank you. It makes a difference.
The president of the Ben & Jerry's Board of Directors, Jeff Furman, told the Burlington Free Press that he believes catering operations to the settlements have stopped since VTJP brought the matter to the company's attention. This would signify a major victory for the campaign!
VTJP is still working to confirm Furman's claim and is asking groups to redouble efforts to ensure that Ben & Jerry's ends all complicity with Israel's occupation and discriminatory policies.
TAKE ACTION! On Tuesday, April 9, Ben & Jerry's will host the annual "Free Cone Day" at Ben & Jerry's scoop shops worldwide.
Join Adalah-NY at Free Cone Day at the Ben & Jerry’s scoop shop on 104th Street and Broadway from 7-8pm. We will be handing out VTJP’s flyers and talking to people one-on-one about the movement for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israeli apartheid.