Palestinian sues over Ben & Jerry’s boycott, saying it promotes ‘hatred’

Palestinian sues over Ben & Jerry’s boycott, saying it promotes ‘hatred’


A prominent Palestinian human rights activist recently filed a complaint in New York State, charging that a Ben & Jerry’s boycott in the West Bank and occupied territories is contributing to “more hatred” in the strife-prone region.

Bassem Eid, 63, filed a complaint with New York State’s Division of Human Rights last month against Conopco Inc., the US division of Unilever which owns the popular ice cream brand.

Eid, a longtime activist who has been critical of abuses by both Israeli armed forces and the Palestinian Authority in the past, claimed the restriction on sales of ice cream in Israeli-occupied territories is “counterproductive to peace and creates only more hatred, enmity and polarization,” according to the complaint.

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