Ben & Jerry’s, which has demonstrated its hostility to the state of Israel in the past, has reportedly required new employees to watch video lectures featuring Palestinian activists lying about the Jewish state.
“The videos are part of what the ice cream company dubbed “Scooper Series: Social Mission,” Jewish Insider reported.
“If you look at the recent escalation that took place in May of 2021, it started over discriminatory efforts to force Palestinians out of their homes in occupied East Jerusalem as part of this larger policy,” Omar Shakir, who was expelled from Israel in 2019, blusters.
Shakir was referring to Sheik Jarrah — known to Jews as the Shimon Hatzaddik neighborhood — which lies in Jerusalem just north of the Old City. The tomb and its compound were purchased in 1876 and settled in 1891 as a Jewish neighborhood. “In 1936, the neighborhood was attacked by Arab rioters and later conquered by the Arab Legion in 1948, before being annexed to the kingdom of Jordan in 1950,” The Jerusalem Post noted. “The Jordanian conquerors allowed Arab families to occupy abandoned Jewish homes, in violation of the rights of the property owners.”
After Israel retook Jerusalem in 1967, the Jewish committee that had purchased the land began to resettle the area with Jews by showing deeds for the properties before Israeli courts.
When Shakir was expelled, the Israeli Strategic Affairs Ministry explained, “Omar Shakir, as the District and Supreme Courts have already determined, is an active BDS [Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions] propagator [sic] who zealously promotes boycotts against Israel. Just days before the final ruling in his case, he again expressed open support for the boycott and isolation of the entire State of Israel.”
Shakir continued in the video for Ben & Jerry’s employees, “The policy also extends to the Gaza Strip, Although the Israeli government withdrew its settler population and ground forces in 2005, the Israeli government continues to exercise control over Gaza.”
The deadly rockets and balloons sent by Hamas from Gaza in recent years would tend to belie the claim that Israel controls Gaza.
“Shakir, who was expelled from Israel in 2019, had reportedly counseled the Ben & Jerry’s board last year, ahead of the ice cream company’s decision to stop selling its products in what it referred to as ‘Occupied Palestinian Territory,’” Jewish Insider noted.
Ben & Jerry’s has referred to the Biblical areas of Judea and Samaria as “Occupied Palestinian Territory,” writing, “We believe it is inconsistent with our values for Ben & Jerry’s ice cream to be sold in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT).”