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Dozens march to Ben & Jerry’s Times Square shop demanding it ‘end Jew hatred’

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NEW YORK — Several dozen pro-Israel demonstrators marched to a Ben & Jerry’s shop in midtown Manhattan Thursday evening, protesting the ice cream firm’s decision to cease its sales in West Bank settlements.

The demonstrators gathered in front of New York Public Library where several parked ice cream trucks awaited them, offering a free soft-serve. Plastered on the vehicles were signs that read “End Jew hatred. Say no to Ben & Jerry’s,” alongside a photoshopped picture of a “DivestMint” flavored pint with a red X over it.

Those gathered heard from several speakers, including Jake Benyowitz from the Club Z student Zionist group, blogger and End Jew Hatred activist Virág Gulyás, “Clubhouse Rabbi” Shlomo Litvin and New York State Assembly member David Werpin.

None of the speakers or participants who spoke with The Times of Israel accepted Ben & Jerry’s claim that its targeted boycott of the settlements is unique from a boycott of Israel as a whole. While the firm’s founders and managers have stated that they hope to continue doing business in Israel proper and oppose the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, the organizers insisted that the position effectively amounted to support of BDS and was therefore not only anti-Israel, but antisemitic.

“One day it’s a boycott of Jews in Judea, the next day it’s an angry mob shouting intifada in Brooklyn,” shouted Benyowitz in a fiery speech to open the event.

Gulyas said that in boycotting Israeli settlements, Ben & Jerry’s was engaged in virtue signaling. “But unfortunately they are signaling the wrong virtues,” he said, adding that the position by the ice cream firm........

© The Times of Israel

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