A local Ben & Jerry’s shop is distancing itself from the ice cream brand’s corporate owners, who said they would no longer sell ice cream in Israeli settlements. Ben & Jerry’s, now owned by Unilever, had said “We believe it is inconsistent with our values for Ben & Jerry’s ice cream to be sold in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT).” The chain will still sell ice cream in other parts of Israel. Ben & Jerry’s founders also supported the company’s move, though it drew condemnation too, including from some Israeli and American politicians.
And it upset a local business owner who sells the company’s ice cream. Joel Gasman, who owns and operates the Ben & Jerry’s at 104th and Broadway, disagreed with the company’s decision, and posted on Instagram that he would give 10% of proceeds to “State of Israel education causes”
“We are proud Jews, Americans, and active supporters of the New York Jewish community and State of Israel,” he wrote.
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The Forward talked to the store’s customers, most of whom just wanted to cool off in the summer heat.