The board of Ben & Jerry’s has clashed with its parent company, Unilever, over the handling of the withdrawal of its products from Israeli settlements.
Ben & Jerry’s released a statement Monday announcing that it would stop selling its ice cream in the occupied territories.
“We believe it is inconsistent with our values for Ben & Jerry’s ice cream to be sold in the Occupied Palestinian Territory,” the statement said.
Withdrawing the product requires the ending of a license agreement with a local franchisee who has distributed Ben & Jerry’s in Israel since 1987. Through the franchise, the company has a manufacturing facility and two scoop shops south of Tel Aviv. However, the company’s ice cream is also sold in grocery stores in Israeli settlements in the West Bank, which the U.N. Security Council has said are a “flagrant violation under international law.”
The licensing agreement expires in December 2022, and Unilever will not renew it,…