Ben & Jerry’s co-founders Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield were rendered speechless during an interview with reporter Alexi McCammond of “Axios on HBO” when they were asked why they refuse to sell ice cream in Israel but still sell it in red states.
The leftist ice cream makers are huge proponents of social justice issues and announced earlier this year that they will no longer sell their product in “Occupied Palestinian Territory,” the West Bank and Gaza Strip. McCammond asked why they didn’t stop selling ice cream in Israel altogether.
Cohen and Greenfield actually no longer control their company. They are the face of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream but don’t hold the reins when making decisions. However, they still have significant input.
“Well, I disagree with the U.S. policy, we couldn’t stop selling in the U.S. I think it is fine to be involved in a country, be a citizen of a country, and to protest some of the country’s actions, and that is essentially what we are doing in regards to Israel. We hugely support Israel’s right to exist, but we are against a particular policy,” Cohen stated.
Car-crash interview by @benandjerrys founders showing why their Israel boycott is wrong-headed, unfair and yes – discriminatory. No wonder States and customers are dropping them. @unilever ought to act to reverse this – and quickly. pic.twitter.com/fCpJJfqtXa
— Michael Dickson (@michaeldickson) October 11, 2021
“How pleased am I that 1 Million people have watched this video on my tweet of Ben & Jerry exposing their own hypocrisy and discrimination? So pleased that I’m going to treat myself to some Haagen-Dazs,” Michael Dickson further quipped on Twitter. He is the Executive Director of @StandWithUs Israel and originally tweeted out the illuminating video.
“You guys are big proponents of voting rights,” McCammond continued. “Why do you still sell ice cream in Georgia? Texas, abortion bans. Why are you still selling there?”
For a beat, Cohen appeared at a loss for words and then shrugged, saying, “I don’t know,” while nervously chuckling. The Jerusalem Post labeled it an AOC moment, referring to Democratic New York congresswoman and “Squad” leader Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
“It’s an interesting question. I don’t know what that would accomplish. We’re working on those issues, of voting rights,” Cohen dishonestly stated in the dumpster fire interview. “I don’t know. I think you ask a really good question. And I think I’d have to sit down and think about it for a bit.”
McCammond did not seem to get the answers she was fishing for. She is a leftist herself who was forced out as Teen Vogue’s editor-in-chief over old tweets that surfaced.
“By that reasoning, we should not sell any ice cream anywhere. I’ve got issues with what’s being done in most every state and most every country,” Cohen asserted, alluding to the fact that in the end, it’s about profits more than his radicalized stances.
“One thing that’s different is that what Israel is doing is considered illegal by international law. And so I think that’s a consideration,” Greenfield posited.
Cohen claimed that pulling their company’s name from Isreal wasn’t about the money, but because the co-founders “don’t want our ice cream sold in the occupied territories.”
“It’s not a financial stance, it’s a policy stance,” he asserted.
The two elderly leftists seemed at odds when asked if they were bothered when they were accused of antisemitism.
“It’s absurd … what, I’m anti-Jewish? I mean, I’m a Jew,” Cohen laughed. “All my family is Jewish, my friends are Jewish.”
“It’s a very emotional issue for a lot of people and I totally understand it, it’s a very painful issue,” Greenfield noted.
“We have a long-standing partnership with our licensee, who manufactures Ben & Jerry’s ice cream in Israel and distributes it in the region,” the company proclaimed in a July press release. “We have been working to change this, and so we have informed our licensee that we will not renew the license agreement when it expires at the end of next year … Although Ben & Jerry’s will no longer be sold in the OPT, we will stay in Israel through a different arrangement.”
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and his predecessor, Benjamin Netanyahu, both slammed the Vermont ice cream giant over their political moves.
The announcement was blasted by Bennett who remarked that Ben & Jerry’s “decided to brand itself as anti-Israel ice cream.”
“The boycott against Israel … reflects that they have totally lost their way,” he added, according to the Times of Israel. “The boycott doesn’t work and won’t work and we will fight it with all our might.”
“Now we Israelis know which ice cream NOT to buy,” Netanyahu tweeted Monday.
Ben & Jerry’s has also thrown their support behind the Defund the Police movement along with almost every other woke issue out there. They have actively supported Occupy Wall Street and Black Lives Matter.
Thirty-five states have anti-Israel boycott laws, and four of them have announced they’re taking action or considering divesting from Unilever, Ben & Jerry’s parent company.
Ice cream does not hold political sway over Americans these days if social media is any indication:
Ben & Jerry post-interview. pic.twitter.com/4iIBAwpvxu
— Dan Matkowsky (@DanMatkowsky) October 11, 2021
Ben and Jerry’s – the official ice cream of the Taliban.
— Bright Worlds (@ShimmeringLigh6) October 12, 2021
New flavor idea for @benandjerrys ice cream:
*CLUELESS HYPOCRISY* pic.twitter.com/6UchLi0QDH
— Joel M. Petlin (@Joelmpetlin) October 11, 2021
well I guess they shouldn’t sell ice cream anywhere
— Todd Berman (@rabbitoddberman) October 11, 2021
“We couldn’t stop selling in the US” is such a telling line. It’s virtue signalling with a minimal impact on the bottom line. Rank hypocrisy, no thought behind it, zero help to anyone.
— Jonny (@JonnyEnglishNYC) October 11, 2021
I’ve never eaten that ice cream in my entire life and don’t plan to.
— Richie Morgan Realty LLC (@LlcRichie) October 12, 2021
“Idk what that will accomplish” in Texas and Georgia is my favorite part.. said with a straight face. How they cannot see the blatant hypocrisy is mind-blowing 😂
— Curious Chuck (@chuck_curious) October 12, 2021
I will never buy their products again. Boycotts are a TWO-WAY street.
— Russ Kane (@RussellKane) October 11, 2021
No answers only shrugs. Very clear from their behaviour they haven’t got a clue what it’s all about
— one leech down one to go (@robn318) October 11, 2021
It’s all about the Benjamin’s for them!
— Theresa Purnell (@MallaBeans) October 11, 2021
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