Antisemite Ali Abunimah Spins Ben & Jerry’s Capitulation into Victory

Unilever has said that its litigation with the independent board of Ben & Jerry’s over the sale of its Israeli ice cream business has “been resolved” – and antisemite Ali “Abumination” Abunimah is celebrating:

The legal dispute between Ben & Jerry’s and its parent company Unilever has ended in a bit of a fudge.

But as a result, the ice cream maker can say that it is standing by its July 2021 decision to end all business in Israel so as not to be complicit in Israel’s illegal colonization of occupied Palestinian land.

That being the case, the outcome can be seen as a win for supporters of Palestinian rights.

On Thursday, Unilever said it was “pleased to announce that the litigation with Ben & Jerry’s Independent Board has been resolved.”

But the one-sentence statement provided no further details about the settlement.

A Unilever representative told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency that the terms were confidential.

On Friday morning, Ben & Jerry’s had issued no press release of its own.

“Nothing to add from our side,” was the company spokesperson’s brief response to The Electronic Intifada’s request for comment.

However a page on Ben & Jerry’s website titled “Where we do business” provides some clues about the terms of the deal.

The page lists more than 40 countries by name where Ben & Jerry’s frozen treats can be purchased. Israel is not among them.

There is also this disclaimer: “Unilever has sold trademark rights to the Hebrew and Arabic language versions of the Ben & Jerry’s name to Blue & White Ice Cream Ltd. No English language trademark of the Ben & Jerry’s Homemade Inc. has been transferred to Blue & White Ice Cream Ltd. Blue & White Ice Cream Ltd. is a completely separate and distinct entity from Ben & Jerry’s Homemade Inc. Ben & Jerry’s has no ownership of or economic interest in Blue & White Ice Cream Ltd.”

Blue & White Ice Cream is the former Ben & Jerry’s licensee, and now owner of Ben & Jerry’s Hebrew and Arabic trademarks in Israel.

As recently as November, the same webpage named Israel among the countries where Ben & Jerry’s does business, and the disclaimer was not there.

The only fudge here is the fudging being done by compulsive liar Abumination.

Here is what Israeli licensee Avi Zinger had to say about the deal:

“I am pleased that the litigation between Unilever and the independent Board of Ben & Jerrys has been resolved,” Avi Zinger said in a statement on Thursday.

“There is no change to the agreement I made with Unilever earlier in the year. I look forward to continuing to produce and sell the great tasting Ben & Jerry’s ice cream under the Hebrew and Arabic trademarks throughout Israel and the West Bank long into the future.”

In other words, it looks like Ben & Jerry’s ice cream will continue to be sold in Israel, just only under the the Hebrew and Arabic trademarks. Until now, it was sold under the English trademark. And there is now some weak disclaimer on the website, which most people won’t even see or care about.

This is not only not a “win for supporters of Palestinian rights” (aka Israel-haters and antisemites), but a win for Avi Zinger and Israel. It is a win for Avi because he gets to continue to sell the same ice cream in Israel, with less risk of well-meaning Israelis boycotting him thinking he is affiliated with the Woke wallies in charge of Ben & Jerry’s. And it is a victory for Israel, not just in the business sense, but in the perception sense. Because having the ice cream sold under the Hebrew and Arabic trademarks reinforces just what a joke the “Apartheid” Israel allegations are.


David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media

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