“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” says the statement from Congressman Lee Zeldin (R-NY).
You’d think this dipshit would be able to come up with the numbers on how much the New York State government spends on Ben and Jerry’s ice cream annually. I’d be surprised it was more than a few hundred bucks if anything at all. Maybe more if the state owns and operates shops in parks and public colleges but those are probably outsourced to concession operators. I don’t know, and that’s kind of the point: Zeldin acts like his demand has actual teeth without doing his homework and figuring out what the actual impact would be for banning the purchase of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream (and other Unilever brand products) by the New York State government.