Liberal Founders Can’t Explain Why Ben & Jerry’s Boycotts Israel, Not Georgia or Texas
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Ben & Jerry’s co-founders Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield were stumped when Axios journalist Alexi McCammond asked why they boycott parts of Israel but not red states with policies they don’t like.
“You guys are big proponents of voting rights,” McCammond said. “Why do you still sell ice cream in Georgia? Texas, abortion bans. Why are you still selling there?”
Cohen responded “I don’t know” with nervous laughter.
“It’s an interesting question. I don’t know what that would accomplish. We’re working on those issues, of voting rights,” Cohen said. “I don’t know. I think you ask a really good question. And I think I’d have to sit down and think about it for a bit.”
Michael Dickson, executive director of pro-Israel StandWithUs, called it a “car-crash interview” on Twitter, calling the Israeli boycott “wrong-headed,” “unfair,” and “discriminatory.”