State Department Says It ‘Firmly Rejects’ BDS Movement amid Ben & Jerry’s Israel Withdrawal

Ben & Jerry’s shop in London, England, October 5, 2020. (Hannah McKay/Reuters)

In a press briefing Tuesday, State Department spokesperson Ned Price said the Biden administration “firmly rejects” the Boycott Divestment Sanctions Movement amid Ben & Jerry’s corporate decision to discontinue ice-cream sales in ‘Occupied Palestinian Territory,’ by which it meant the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

Price said that while the administration will not react to the actions of a private company, “we firmly reject the BDS movement, which unfairly singles out Israel.”

The BDS global campaign seeks to sever business ties with the Jewish state through boycotts, divestment, and sanctions as a means of non-violent coercion to end the ‘Israeli apartheid regime’ and its alleged illegal settlements, as well as to grant return to Palestinian refugees to their ancestral homes on the Israeli territory.

“While the Biden-Harris administration will fully and always respect the First Amendment rights of our citizens, of the American people, the United States will be a strong partner in fighting efforts around the world that potentially seek to delegitimize Israel and will work tirelessly to support Israel’s further integration into the international community,” he added.

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