- Florida has added Ben & Jerry’s to their list of “scrutinized companies” over their boycott of “occupied Palestinian territory” in Israel.
- The ice cream giant now has 90 days to cease the boycott in Israel, or face being boycotted themselves by the state of Florida.
- “As a matter of law and principle, the State of Florida will not tolerate discrimination against the State of Israel or the Israeli people,” said Gov. DeSantis in Tuesday’s statement.
Caleb Howe from Mediaite writes:
“On Tuesday, Florida added Unilever, parent company of Ben & Jerry’s, to their list of “scrutinized companies” over the ice cream giant’s boycott of Israel. This means they have 90 days to cease the boycott, or face being boycotted themselves by the state of Florida.
Ben & Jerry’s announced it was cancelling the contract with its Israeli licensee because it will no longer do business in “occupied Palestinian territory,” a move that sparked a fierce backlash from the Israeli government.
Florida is one of many U.S. States with laws regarding boycotting of Israel or Israeli citizens. Its state board of administrators maintains a list of “scrutinized companies” which is made up of “companies that participate in a boycott of Israel, including actions that limit commercial relations with Israel or Israeli controlled territories.”
Florida has added Unilever to that list, as they did Airbnb earlier this year. The announcement was made Tuesday, following a July 22nd letter from Gov. Ron DeSantis instructing the SBA to have Unilever and Ben & Jerry’s added…”
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