Rep. Zeldin Condemns Ben & Jerry’s and its parent company, Unilever, for Embracing BDS Movement, Boycotting Jewish Customers | Congressman Lee Zeldin

Rep. Zeldin Condemns Ben & Jerry’s and its parent company, Unilever, for Embracing BDS Movement, Boycotting Jewish Customers

July 20, 2021
Press Release
Calls on New York State to Enforce Executive Order Against Companies Participating in BDS

WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1) issued the following statement condemning Ben & Jerry’s and its parent company, Unilever, for embracing the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel and calling on New York State to add both companies to the Office of General Services (OGS) list of entities that participate in BDS activities:

“The decision by Unilever and Ben & Jerry’s to target hundreds of thousands of Jewish customers abroad with this discriminatory boycott is a disgrace and a direct embrace of the anti-Israel BDS movement. New York State must now follow the 2016 Executive Order that prohibits state agencies from conducting business with institutions or companies that promote BDS, and requires the OGS Commissioner to maintain and update a list of entities participating in BDS. Both Ben & Jerry’s and Unilever need to be immediately added to the OGS list, and the state needs to end any current business and suspend any future business with either company. Our state needs to follow its self-imposed standards, lead by example, and stand up to this anti-Israel and anti-Jewish discrimination.”

The full text of Executive Order No. 157 can be found here.

The BDS movement issued a statement of support for the Ben and Jerry’s boycott, which can be viewed here.