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CAIR Welcomes Ben & Jerry’s Ending Sales in Occupied Palestinian Territory

(WASHINGTON D.C., 7/19/2021) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed the decision of Ben & Jerry’s to stop selling ice cream in Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT).

SEE: Ben & Jerry’s Will End Sales of Our Ice Cream in the Occupied Palestinian Territory

Ben & Jerry’s will stop selling ice cream in Palestinian territories

In its statement, Ben & Jerry’s said that selling ice cream in OPT was “inconsistent with our values.” The company has also said they will not be renewing a license agreement with an Israel-based company that manufactures Ben & Jerry’s ice cream and distributes it throughout the region. The company said they will continue to do business in Israel under a different arrangement but did not specify what that arrangement would entail. 

“We welcome Ben & Jerry’s decision to stop doing business in what is internationally recognized as illegally-occupied territory,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. “American corporations should not support Israeli violations of human rights and the breaking of international law.”

He noted that CAIR recently called on the Hilton Corporation to stop its plans to build a hotel over a bulldozed mosque in the Uyghur region. 

SEE: CAIR Calls on Hilton Hotels to Drop China Project on Site of Bulldozed, Desecrated Uyghur Mosque in Xinjiang Province 

Hooper said CAIR has consistently defended the right to engage in the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which seeks to pressure Israel to meet its obligations under international law.

SEE: BREAKING NEWS: CAIR & PCJF Win ‘Major Victory’ in Federal Lawsuit Against Georgia’s Anti-Israel Boycott Law; Court Rules Anti-BDS Law Violates the First Amendment

CAIR ACTION ALERT: Tell Congress to Support Free Speech, Oppose Anti-BDS Resolution Denouncing Right to Boycott 

CAIR Urges Eighth Circuit to Strike Down Arkansas’ Anti-BDS Law As Violating The First Amendment 

CAIR Urges Eighth Circuit to Strike Down Arkansas’ Anti-BDS Law As Violating The First Amendment – CAIR – Council on American-Islamic Relations

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CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,  

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