Ben and Jerry
Ben & Jerry's ice cream founders have declared that they are "proud Jews," that Israel was one of their first overseas markets, and that they are "supporters of Israel."
"It's conceivable to support Israel while opposing some of its actions, just as we've opposed policies of the US government," they wrote in an editorial article published by The New York Times on Wednesday.
"We strongly endorse the company's decision to cease operations in the occupied areas, which have been deemed an illegal occupation by the majority of the international community, including the United Nations."
Despite the fact that they have no operational control over the company they created in 1978, they are "proud of its action and believe it is on the right side of history," according to them.
The founders claim that: "Ending ice cream sales in the occupied territories is, in our opinion, one of the most important decisions the company has made in its 43-year history. It took a lot of courage on the part of the corporation. Ben & Jerry's took the initiative to align its company and operations with its progressive principles, despite the fact that it knew the response would be quick and powerful."
"In fact, we feel this act can and should be understood as strengthening the principles of justice and human rights, basic elements of Judaism," they said, emphasizing that their support for the company's action "is not a contradiction" or "anti-Semitism."