Israeli President Isaac Herzog said on Wednesday that Ben & Jerry’s boycott of the “Occupied Palestinian Territories” represented “a new form of terrorism”.
“The boycott of Israel is a new type of terrorism, economic terrorism,” said the newly installed president, according to a report. Israeli newspaper Haaretz.
“Terrorism seeks to harm Israeli citizens and the Israeli economy,” Herzog said. “We must oppose this boycott and terrorism in any form … it targets the Israeli economy.”
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett made the remarks a day after warning the US company’s British owners, Unilever, that the ice cream maker’s boycott was “an action that has dire consequences” and said Israel could “take stern action.”
Bennett said those actions could include legal challenges against the company.
Vermont-based Ben & Jerry’s announced Monday that it would halt sales of the popular ice cream in the “Occupied Palestinian Territories” – the West Bank, the Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem.
The company said the move came amid pushback from customers and its decision to sell its product in areas that have been commonly described as territories occupied by Israel since 1967, “inconsistent with our values.” is.”
Ben & Jerry’s said it would continue to sell ice cream in the rest of Israel.
But Bennett called the decision “morally incorrect” in his comments on Wednesday.
“There are many brands of ice cream,” he said. “But we only have one country.”
Unilever said in a statement this week that its 2000 purchase of Ben & Jerry’s included an understanding that it would be allowed to run its affairs.
In an email on Wednesday, Ben & Jerry’s executives declined to comment beyond their original statement about the boycott and the company’s values.