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Australian kosher authority delists Ben & Jerry’s ice cream over West Bank ban

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An Australian kosher certification board said Wednesday that it was removing Ben & Jerry’s ice cream from its list of approved products in protest of the conglomerate’s recent move to stop supplying its goods to Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

“The KA has listed this brand and all kosher products with the range for many years,” the Sydney-based Kashrut Authority wrote in a statement. “That ended this week with its deletion, in support of those who proudly reside in Judea and Samaria.”

Judea and Samaria are the biblical names for the areas that make up the West Bank.

“Yes, this is a small stance on a global scale, but one we have chosen to make,” the statement said.

The authority noted that Ben & Jerry’s products in Australia that are tagged with the “KOF-K” logo, issued by a US-based international kosher certification provider, are still kosher to eat. It plugged a rival kosher-approved local ice cream manufacturer as an alternative to Ben & Jerry’s.

On Monday, Ben & Jerry’s announced that it would no longer distribute its products in the “Occupied Palestinian Territory,” apparently referring to West Bank settlements and East Jerusalem.

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