Unilever CEO Pledges Full Commitment to Israel in Groveling Letter to ADL Head Jonathan GreenblattChris Menahan
Jul. 28, 2021
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Unilever CEO Alan Jope, the head of one of the biggest multinational corporations in the world, wrote a letter on Tuesday to Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt begging for forgiveness over Ben and Jerry's independent decision to end sales in the Occupied Palestinian Territory and pledging his full commitment to Israel.
Greenblatt responded by thanking Jope for his "unequivocal stance rejecting the BDS movement" but said they nonetheless "still urge Unilever to do whatever it can to convince the Ben and Jerry's board to change its position."
Senior officials from the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations "said they appreciate Unilever's commitment to continue doing business in Israel, though their response doesn't go far enough," Haaretz reported. "They encouraged the company to use its reported legal ability to override Ben & Jerry's decision, praising the numerous state authorities investigating whether the decision violates anti-BDS laws."
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) moved last week to blacklist and sanction Unilever and Ben & Jerry's to punish them for "boycotting Israel."
Oklahoma Sen. James Lankford (R) demanded local authorities "immediately block the sale of all #Benandjerrys in the state and in any state-operated facility to align with" Oklahoma's anti-boycott of Israel law.
All that stuff conservatives tell us about the "free market" and the importance of being "free to choose" goes completely out the window when it comes to opposing the state of Israel.
American companies and the American people have no right to boycott Israel and no right to choose not to sell their products in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.
You can boycott states in America, American companies and America itself all you'd like but if you boycott Israel you're going to have hell to pay!
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