New York State issues 90-day notice to Ben & Jerry’s over...

Madar News, published in 11/13/2021 at 1:13 pm

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The US state of New York placed Ben & Jerry’s and its parent company Unilever on a 90-day notice that “all of its government agencies and departments are likely to abandon the companies soon due to their decision to “end sales in Israel,” early in the summer of This year.

The move is consistent with an executive order banning government dealings with any company boycotting Israel, “either directly or through a parent company or subsidiary.” The order was signed in 2016 by former Governor Andrew Cuomo and renewed by Governor Kathy Hochhol when she took office. last August. According to what was published by the “Forward” website.

New York is one of 35 states with laws and executive orders designed to discourage boycotts of Israel, and one of at least eight that have taken steps to halt or withdraw investments in Unilever since Ben & Jerry’s announced its boycott of Israel.

In the context, the New York Joint Pension Fund, the third largest public pension plan in the United States, announced last month that it would “withdraw $111 million from its actively managed holdings in Unilever after a 90-day review, and the state of Arizona and New Jersey, have also divested All state funds are from Unilever.

Last July, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett warned Unilever CEO Alan Job that Ben & Jerry’s plans to stop selling ice cream in Jewish settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem would be It has “serious repercussions, legal and other.”

“We believe that selling Ben & Jerry’s ice cream in the occupied Palestinian territories goes against our values,” Ben & Jerry’s said on its website at the time.

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