The statement comes three days after the US company Ben & Jerry’s, which produces ice cream, frozen yogurt, and sorbet, announced that it would stop selling its products in the West Bank, which it described as “occupied Palestinian territory”. The move sparked anger and indignation in israel as well as in the United States.
Boycotts against israel are a “new form of terrorism”, said the country’s President Isaac Herzog. Speaking at a memorial event for late former Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir, Herzog weighed in on the recent move by Ben & Jerry’s, saying its aim is to “harm Israeli citizens and the Israeli economy”.
His comments were dismissed by the Palestinian Authority (PA), which said that “the occupation is terrorism itself”.
Herzog’s statement has also been criticised by Israeli lawmakers. Yair Golan, former deputy chief of the General Staff of the Israel Defence Forces and current member of the left-wing Meretz party, posted the following statement on Twitter.
Inconsistent With Our Values
Earlier this week, Ben & Jerry’s announced that it would stop selling its ice cream in the West Bank, saying it would be inconsistent with the company’s values to sell its products in “occupied Palestinian territory”. At the same time, Ben & Jerry’s said its products will be available within Israel.
The move caused uproar in the country, with Foreign Minister Yair Lapid describing it as a “shameful…