Statement on Unilever's Ben & Jerry's Decision

In response to Unilever's statement condemning BDS and ensuring that Ben & Jerry's ice cream will continue to be available in Israel, Jewish Federations President and CEO Eric Fingerhut released the following statement:


 "There is no place for the BDS movement or any other form of antisemitism in the corporate sector. We are pleased that after nearly a year of advocacy efforts and direct engagement, Unilever has clearly repudiated BDS and antisemitism and moved to ensure that it will not participate in discriminatory boycotts in Israel. It is unfortunate that these types of workarounds were made necessary in the first place, but as our work combatting anti-Israel bias in companies such as Morningstar has showed, every step toward beating back BDS is a sign of progress in our efforts to stamp out extremism and pave the way for a more peaceful future. Peace will come about through direct negotiations between the parties, not through the singling out and boycotting of one side."