- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 4, 2016

Students at Vassar College in New York have introduced a resolution urging the school to ban Ben & Jerry’s ice cream because of the company’s “contractual relationship with an Israeli franchise that manufactures ice cream.”

If passed by the Vassar Student Association, the resolution would prohibit student organizations from using school funds to purchase Ben & Jerry’s ice cream for social events, Campus Reform reported.

“Despite the company’s Social Mission and history of supporting progressive causes, Ben & Jerry’s continues to tie its franchise to these illegal settlements. In short, while apartheid ensues in historic Palestine, Ben & Jerry’s ‘peace & love’ ice cream continues to pass through Israeli checkpoints, and be transported on Jewish-only roads to be sold in Jewish-only settlements,” the Vassar Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions Coalition (VBDSC) wrote in its resolution.

Ben & Jerry’s has long been a champion of progressive causes, recently naming an ice cream flavor after Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.

The company responded to criticism over its ties with Israel last year, publishing a statement claiming it had “no economic interest in the occupied territories,” Campus Reform reported.

“The manufacturing facility and two scoop shops are located outside the occupied territories, just south of Tel Aviv,” the company said.

Ben & Jerry’s isn’t the only company facing a ban at the private university. VBDSC is also boycotting Sabra, Tribe, Hewlett-Packard Company, Ahava, General Electric, Eden Springs and Motorola for similar reasons.


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