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From: Impeach Xo Bai Den!! (ducky1988) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by host7/26/21 9:31 AM 
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Hee, hee, hee...  TAKE THAT, B&J!!!

I'd love to see Wells' Blue Bunny have an "other-than-OU" hechsure.  Other than Baskin-Robbins, that stuff is THE BEST!

<you can take the girl out of Iowa, but you can't take Iowa out of the girl...>

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From: WEBELIAHU DelphiPlus Member Icon7/26/21 11:12 AM 
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      However, B&Js have way more anti-Semitic purchasers than observant Jewish purchasers. I heard their sales are considerably up.


From: WEBELIAHU DelphiPlus Member Icon7/27/21 8:13 AM 
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July 27, 2021

       "bottom line, people must know whether or not it is kosher. If [Ben & Jerry's] change their formulation and stop being kosher, that’s a real problem."

        Kosher is kosher...yes. certifying agency is forced to give them their hechsure (certification). I doubt that any certifying agency would certify real kosher ice cream, if that ice cream was called, "Hitler ice cream," or "Jews own all the banks" ice cream. Even though kosher is kosher, they would not give their certification, and they need not give their certification here my humble opinion.

Kashrut orgs under pressure to remove certification from Ben & Jerry's

The Australian Kashrut Authority (KA) announced that they would be removing Ben & Jerry's ice cream from their list of kosher approved products, and others are being pressured to do the same.

Kashrut authorities are being called on to remove their kosher certification from all Ben & Jerry's ice cream products after their decision to boycott West Bank settlements and Jewish neighborhoods in east Jerusalem.

In response to the announcement made earlier this week, Jews in countries across the world have announced their intentions to boycott the product, with some going as far as to launch campaigns aimed at Kashrut certification organizations.
The Australian Kashrut Authority (KA) announced on Wednesday via their Facebook page that they would be removing Ben & Jerry's ice cream from their list of kosher approved products, and said that while the brand would still be certified kosher under the US based Kof-K certification, they themselves would be ending their long standing decision to list the ice-cream in their kosher product list.
In their statement, the KA stated that the decision was made "in support of those who proudly reside in Yehuda ve Shomron (Judea & Samaria)."
Despite the KA's reassurance that the American Kof-K certification would continue to certify the product, many US based Jews are campaigning for this to change.
Nachman Mostofsky, executive director of Amariah, a religious Jewish organization that claims to promote "the communal values of traditional Torah-true Judaism," tweeted a statement on Tuesday, saying that he had spoken to Kof-K, encouraging them to remove their certification from the product.
He encouraged others to do the same, and said that he had not been the only person to phone them that morning.

A similar statement was shared on the Amariah Twitter account, in which they said that as well as Kof-K, "the [OU Kosher] and [cRc Kosher] and any other certification should refuse them as well."

While some approved of this idea, others were less certain and questioned the choice of the KA, and the campaign against Kof-K, from a halachic point of view. As Kashrut refers only to how food must be prepared according to Jewish Law, the removal of a kashrut certificate due to political decisions could lead to misinformation.
Twitter user @AvrahamAdler replied to the Amariah announcement: "bottom line, people must know whether or not it is kosher. If [Ben & Jerry's] change their formulation and stop being kosher, that’s a real problem. People can choose on their own to stop supporting B&J #Antisemitism, but not at expense of Halacha. Halacha transcends emotions."

From: WEBELIAHU DelphiPlus Member Icon7/28/21 7:30 AM 
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July 28, 2021

        Yeshayahu/Isaiah 41:11 - "Behold all those incensed against you (the Jewish people) shall be ashamed and confounded; those who quarreled with you shall be as nought and be lost."

         There are many more antiSemites in the world than there are Jews, and when their time comes for their final judgment, God will be waiting for them.

Ben & Jerry's Israel sales jump 21%

Israelis show support for Israeli company which manufactures popular ice cream in Israel after global corporation announces boycott.

Sales of Ben & Jerry's ice cream in Israel jumped 21% Tuesday, a day after the global company announced it would boycott Judea and Samaria.

Ben & Jerry's Israel, which is licensed to produce the ice cream in Israel, has rejected the global corporation's calls to pull its products from Jewish communities over the 'green line.'

"Since the morning hours there has been a significant increase in sales of our ice cream - over 21% over sales on a normal day," Ben & Jerry's Israel said in a statement.

"Don't stop! - We must put pressure on the Unilever Corporation, the owners of the global Ben and Jerrys, to turn" their decision around, the statement continued.

"We call on everyone to stand firm with us and with the hundreds of Israeli workers who could be affected by the global BDS pressures. As it was yesterday, so it is today - we will continue to sell in all of Israel and to all Israelis."

Ben & Jerry's Israel, which operates out of Be'er Tuvia, will continue to hold the license to produce the ice cream in Israel until the end of 2022. Until then, Israelis living in Judea and Samaria will continue to find the sweet dessert in their stores.


From: WEBELIAHU DelphiPlus Member Icon7/29/21 7:44 AM 
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July 29, 2021

        "KOF-K Kashrut Organization says it will not be pulling its certification of Ben & Jerry's but will ensure its boycott policy isn't implemented."

         And if the cannot ensure its boycott policy isn't implemented?

KOF-K Kashrut to keep certification of Ben & Jerry's

KOF-K Kashrut Organization says it will not be pulling its certification of Ben & Jerry's but will ensure its boycott policy isn't implemented.

The KOF-K Kashrut Organization, which provides certification to Ben & Jerry’s, responded on Monday to calls on the organization to pull their certification of the ice cream following parent company Unilever’s decision to boycott Israeli communities in Judea and Samaria.

The organization said it will not be pulling its certification at this time, but will use its influence to ensure that the new policy from Ben & Jerry’s will never be implemented.

“Although Ben and Jerry’s and its parent company Unilever announced that they will not be leaving Israel, the KOF-K is quite concerned about Ben & Jerry’s decision not to sell to Yehuda and Shomron as of January 1, 2023. Unilever has committed that the company will adhere to their contract. The KOF-K has been in contact with the Israeli Government and the Yesha Council to determine the most effective way to respond. Based on the advice of the Yesha council the KOFK will continue to fulfill its contractual obligations to Ben & Jerry’s while using its influence to make sure that this anti-Israel policy never becomes implemented. The KOF-K has expressed to Unilever and Ben and Jerry’s CEOs the negative repercussions of this policy,” the statement said.

“We encourage everyone to advocate on behalf of Israel. Please address your concerns about this policy directly to Unilever and Ben & Jerry’s. This is a highly volatile situation and the KOF-K remains in contact with the Israeli Government and the Yesha Council as the most prudent way to make sure the policy never becomes implemented,” it added.

A number of supermarket chains have already announced that they will no longer stock Ben & Jerry's products following its controversial decision to boycott Judea and Samaria, including Glatt Express Supermarket, Seasons, Morton Williams Supermarkets, and others.

In addition, several US states have taken action against Ben & Jerry’s.  The Texas State Comptroller announced this past Thursday that the government is examining whether the Ben & Jerry's ice cream company violated the state's anti-BDS laws.

In Florida, Governor Ron DeSantis has called on the State Board of Administration (SBA) to immediately place Ben & Jerry’s and Unilever on the Continued Examination Companies that Boycott Israel List and initiate the process to place both companies on the Scrutinized Companies that Boycott Israel List.

Other states, including Illinois and New Jersey, are also reportedly considering stopping their state investment in Ben & Jerry’s and Unilever.


From: WEBELIAHU DelphiPlus Member Icon7/29/21 8:14 AM 
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July 29, 2021

Twitter Suspends Nation Of Islam For Attacking Vaccines, But Not Attacking Jews

The Nation of Islam, an extremist antisemitic group ran by Louis Farrakhan, was banned from Twitter for criticizing mRNA vaccines. Twitter previously declined to ban Farrakhan’s personal account or the group account for their routine harassment of Jewish people.

Twitter moved to ban the account last week after being targeted for promoting “misinformation.” In reaction to the ban, a high-ranking member in the group tweeted, “Unsurprisingly, Twitter, Inc. has suspended The Nation of Islam’s official account: @OfficialNOI.”

A report cited by the White House this month said that 12 Twitter accounts are responsible for 65 percent of supposed anti-vaccine content. One of the 12 listed was Rizza Islam, a Nation of Islam member. While Twitter took action against the group after perpetual mRNA vaccines criticism, it remained silent on its previous anti-semitism.

A Twitter spokesman did not respond to a request for comment.

Nation of Islam has a history of attacking Jews and making incendiary comments. Farrakhan said at a speech in 2018, “the powerful Jews are my enemy” and “white folks are going down. And Satan is going down. And Farrakhan, by God’s grace, has pulled the cover off of that Satanic Jew and I’m here to say your time is up, your world is through.”

In 2018, Farrakhan tweeted a video clip of a speech where he compared Jews to termites and called them stupid. He captioned the video: “I’m not an anti-Semite. I’m anti-Termite.”

Even though his tweet violated Twitter’s policy around “dehumanizing” tweets, which specifically includes “comparing groups to animals and viruses (animalistic),” a Twitter spokesperson told BuzzFeed News the rules were not yet taken effect at the time of the tweet, so Farrakhan’s language was not in violation of any extant policy. Farrakhan is still on the platform as of this writing.

Several Democrats have previously held ties to the radical group, such as House Majority Whip James Clyburn, D-S.C., who was on a stage in 2011 with Farrakhan. In 2018, Rep. Danny Davis, D-Ill., called Farrakhan “an outstanding human being” who “does outstanding things.”

Another notable Farrakhan ally is Democrat Georgia Sen. Raphael Warnock, who said in 2013 his group’s “voice has been important for the development of Black theology.” Warnock’s office did not respond to a request for comment.

The black nationalist group and its leader frequently tweet offensive content. Farrakhan once said, “The FBI has been the worst enemy of Black advancement” and “The Jews have control over those agencies of government.”


From: WEBELIAHU DelphiPlus Member Icon7/30/21 6:19 AM 
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July 30, 2021

Two states look at banning Ben & Jerry’s ice cream over West Bank boycott, others may follow

At least two Republican-led states are now considering banning Ben & Jerry’s ice cream after the company announced on Monday that it would no longer sell its ice cream in “occupied Palestinian territory.”

Both Texas and Florida officials have come out against Ben & Jerry’s, threatening to invoke state laws to punish companies that advocate or act to boycott, divest, or sanction Israel. America’s strongest ally has decried the ice cream giant’s move as anti-Israel and antisemitic.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and Texas State Comptroller Glenn Hegar are threatening to add Ben & Jerry’s and its parent company, Unilever, to a blacklist of organizations that boycott Israel. That would make both companies ineligible for investments from the states’ pension funds. Florida passed an anti-BDS law in 2016 that limited interaction with companies that boycott Israel. DeSantis has formally requested that the Florida Board of Administration place the ice cream company and Unilver on a “continued examination” list.

“Should the State Board of Administration affirmatively place Unilever and its corporate entities on the Scrutinized Companies List and these companies do not cease the boycott of Israel as required by Florida law, the Board must refrain from acquiring any and all Unilever assets consistent with the law,” DeSantis noted in a letter.

“As you know, Florida has long had a strong relationship with the State of Israel,” DeSantis said. “As a matter of law and principle, the State of Florida does not tolerate discrimination against the State of Israel or the Israeli people, including boycotts and divestments targeting Israel.”

Florida state CFO Jimmy Patronis, who oversees public pension funds, declared that his office is already discussing the issue.

Thursday, in a letter sent to Ben & Jerry’s CEO Matthew McCarthy, he wrote, “It is my belief that Ben & Jerry’s brazen refusal to do business in Israel will result in your placement on the Scrutinized Companies that Boycott Israel List.”

Hegar, who controls billions of dollars in assets for Texas’ public pension funds is already taking action. In a statement, he said, “I’ve directed my staff to determine whether any specific action has been taken by Ben & Jerry’s or Unilever would trigger a listing under Chapter 808 of the Texas Government Code.”

“Texans have made it very clear that they stand with Israel and its people,” he said. “We oppose actions that could undermine Israel’s economy and its people."


Governor Abbott of Texas is also going after Ben & Jerry’s. His spokesperson states that Texas has a similar law in place and called the decision by Ben & Jerry’s “disgraceful.”

“Ben and Jerry’s decision to boycott parts of Israel is disgraceful and an insult to America’s closest ally in the Middle East,” Abbott said in a statement Tuesday night relayed from a spokesman to CNBC. “Unilever, Ben and Jerry’s parent company, must reverse this ill-conceived decision.”

Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) is also calling for his state to block the sale of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, “#Benandjerrys has now decided they know more about Jerusalem than the Israelis. If Ben & Jerry’s wants to have a meltdown & boycott Israel, OK is ready to respond. Oklahoma has an anti-boycott of Israel law in place,” Lankford declared in a statement on Twitter Wednesday. “We should immediately block the sale of all #Benandjerrys in the state and in any state-operated facility to align with our law.”

Ben & Jerry’s stated while it will leave the West Bank, the company plans to stay in Israel through a different type of arrangement.

After Ben & Jerry’s made their statement, Unilever released one of their own Monday saying “we remain fully committed to our presence in Israel, where we have invested in our people, brands, and business for several decades.”

Israel’s new prime minister did not pull his punches over the boycott, “This is an action that has severe consequences, including legal, and it (Israel) will take strong action against any boycott directed against its citizens.”

Israeli President Isaac Herzog called it “economic terrorism.”


From: WEBELIAHU DelphiPlus Member IconAug-3 8:09 AM 
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August 3, 2021

         "Those claiming to advocate for “justice in Palestine” want to boycott Israel not because of anything it does but because of what it is: the one Jewish state on the planet. As its advocates make clear, BDS is not about supporting compromises on territories, settlements or borders; its goal is to eliminate that one Jewish state."

Ben & Jerry’s distasteful BDS problem

The ice-cream company bowed to pressure to boycott Jerusalem and the West Bank. Still, their latest attempt at political virtue-signaling won’t advance peace, help Palestinians or silence critics.

To those who followed the saga of Ben & Jerry’s social-media silence, the outcome was never going to be sweet. In the wake of the fighting between Israel and Hamas this spring, the Vermont-based ice-cream company, which was woke even before most people understood the meaning of the term, came under ferocious pressure from left-wing activists to sever its ties with the Jewish state.


Predictably, that isn’t pleasing those who have been attacking the company for its presence in the Jewish state. A group calling itself Vermonters for Justice in Palestine says they won’t be satisfied until Ben & Jerry’s is fully compliant with BDS mandates and ends all operations in Israel.


The reaction to the Hamas rocket offensive or any of the pretexts it cited to justify its latest war crimes are rooted in these ideas. Those claiming to advocate for “justice in Palestine” want to boycott Israel not because of anything it does but because of what it is: the one Jewish state on the planet. As its advocates make clear, BDS is not about supporting compromises on territories, settlements or borders; its goal is to eliminate that one Jewish state. Once you classify Jews as somehow not indigenous to their own country even when the majority of them are technically “people of color” with origins in the Middle East and North Africa, and as possessors of “white privilege” who must be dispossessed in favor of a group that is considered lacking privilege, there’s no room left in the region for Israel.


From: WEBELIAHU DelphiPlus Member IconAug-6 7:27 AM 
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August 6, 2021

        "They added that their families and communities “have shamed us personally for doing business not just with a company that draws controversy, but with one that continues to consider the calculated negative affect on its franchisees as acceptable collateral damage.”

US Jewish org applauds stand taken by Ben & Jerry's franchisees 

Thirty American franchises send letter to Ben & Jerry's executives denouncing company's decision to boycott Judea and Samaria.

The American Jewish Committee (AJC) praised a group of Ben & Jerry's franchisees in the United States who are urging the company to reconsider its decision to boycott Judea and Samaria.

In a letter signed by multiple franchises sent to Ben & Jerry’s executives, the franchisees wrote, “Those who feel so strongly about Israel that they want to boycott it or some part of the territory it administers are free to do so. They cannot, however, do that at our expense.”

They went on to explain the decision’s harm to them personally and to their businesses.

“There is a danger in the pursuit of social justice will descend into political correctness or result in the adoption of overly simplistic solutions by people who share a single view of the world that misconstrue complex problems in which multiple claims of justice are implicated,” they said.

The franchisees behind the letter own 30 Ben & Jerry’s locations with a total revenue of $23.3 million.

They wrote that they were “proud to be part of a company that highlights values as a part of its mission” but the “imposition of such narrow prescriptions does not advance social justice, or the pursuit of a values led business in any meaningful way.”

“The decision that has been made to terminate the contract with Ben & Jerry’s licensee in Israel not only distorts the situation on the ground – it has imposed and will to continue to impose, substantial financial costs on all of us,” they said. “More importantly, the controversy your recent actions have brought upon our local businesses has had an adverse effect on the value of our independently owned franchises and investments.”

They added that their families and communities “have shamed us personally for doing business not just with a company that draws controversy, but with one that continues to consider the calculated negative affect on its franchisees as acceptable collateral damage.”

The American Jewish Committee applauded the letter, noting that the franchisees had approached them for help with drafting the letter which was addressed to Ben & Jerry’s CEO, Director of Social Mission, Director of Global Retail Operations, and Head of U.S. Retail and Global Strategy.

AJC Chief Legal Officer Marc D. Stern lauded the franchisees for their courage in directly taking the company to task.


Stern noted that while the co-founders claimed the company’s intent is only to stop serving Judea and Samaria, and not all of Israel, “The chair of the company’s board of directors has publicly said it wanted to boycott Israel but was overruled (wrongly she believed) by its parent company, Unilever, and now may do so only under unspecified arrangements. The failure of Ben and Jerry to address that reality fatally undercuts their argument.”


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August 9, 2021

UK anti-Semitism at all-time high during first half of 2021

New report by UK's Community Security Trust records more incidents against Jews in the first half of 2021 than ever recorded.

During the first half of this year British Jews experienced record levels of anti-Semitism, with a 491 percent increase in school-related incidents, said a report released this week.

The significant uptick came largely in May during the fighting between Israel and Hamas, according to newly compiled statistics released by the Community Security Trust (CST), the organization tasked with providing security to the UK Jewish community, reported the Jewish Chronicle.

The document detailed 1,308 anti-Semitic incidents between January and June, the highest number ever recorded by the CST.

Reported incidents involving schools, teachers and students increased from 22 during the first half of 2020 to 130 during the first half of 2021.

The vast majority of those cases took place at non-religious schools, a number up 62 percent from last year.

Levels of anti-Semitism experienced by the Jewish community were “worse than anything seen in recent decades,” said CST CEO Mark Gardner.

Most of the incidents involving schools occurred in May during the reopening after a COVID lockdown and the 11-day conflict between Israel and Hamas.

Gardner called the targeting of younger Jews “disgraceful.”

He pledged to continue to do “everything that we can to protect our Jewish communities, and to give them the security and comfort that they need.”

Nearly half of all incidents from January to June occurred during May. The amount of incidents that month, 639, is the highest monthly figure recorded by the CST.


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