by Peter Fernandez
Last Tuesday the Barre Times Argus spooned up Wilson Ring’s AP article, “Ice Cream Sales Cut in the West Bank”: “Ben & Jerry’s said Monday it was going to stop selling its ice-cream in the Israeli-occupied West Bank,” read the lead, saying the sales in the territories sought by the Palestinians are ‘inconsistent with our values.’” Pressured by vocal pro-Palestine activism within and without its executive offices, the Vermont-based ice cream giant has once again lent credibility to anti-Israel propaganda.
What Wilson Ring did not report is that Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield hired one Anuradha Mittal in 1995. She is now chair of the Board of Directors, a position she calls “real, practical work… an opportunity to give voice to what are called ideological fantasies, to see a vision for social change come to fruition.”
What kind of ‘ideological fantasies?’ Read on….
Mittal is also founder and CEO of The Oakland Institute, a “peace achieving” NGO, advocating for the dismantling of the Jewish state. The Marvelous Ms. Mittal isn’t interested in selling ice-cream, or, seeing peace in the Middle East, but pitches the hateful political creed of BDS. See: “Exposing Anuradha Mittal, the Jew-Hater Who Pushed Ben & Jerry’s to Boycott Israel,” July 22 The American Spectator.
In a quick turn of events, the Dutch food production giant, Unilever, who purchased Ben & Jerry’s in 2001, quickly distanced itself from their cash cow’s spoiled rhetoric. Unilever CEO, Allan Jope, unilaterally noted that they would distance themselves from any criticism of the Vermont ice-cream kingpins. “Obviously it’s a complex and sensitive matter that elicits very strong feelings,” he profoundly noted.
“The name West Bank is a translation of the Arabic term ad-Diffah I-Garbiyyah, given to the the territory west of the Jordan River that fell, in 1948,” reads Wikipedia, “under occupation and administration by Jordan, which subsequently annexed it in 1950.” This land was originally granted to the Jews, (see British Mandate of Palestine map) but rejected by every Arab nation, and attacked Israel in 1948.
According to Andrew Tucker, an Australian-Dutch international lawyer, “The fact is Israel has claims that are just as strong if not stronger than those of the Palestinian people, represented by Hamas and Fatah.” Tucker, Director of The Hague Initiative for International Cooperation, also stated, “Israel asserts that control of these territories is necessary from a security perspective. Israel has valid sovereignty claims based on a pre-existing line of legally binding international instruments, beginning with the San Remo resolution of the Principal Allied Powers, 1920, and the Mandate for Palestine that is endorsed by all 51 member states of the League of Nations (UN precursor) in 1922, and the preservation of the Jewish people’s rights under both legal documents by virtue of Article 80 of the UN Charter.”
The frequently-used term “Occupied Territories” is inherently false because according to international law, the disputed territory never belonged to Jordan or the Palestinians. Before a once objective media became the left-wing’s public relations office, the West Bank was referred to as “Disputed Territories,” not “Occupied Territories.”
For over fifty years, the western media has been using language to condition readers to biased and relativist narratives preaching that all the land outside the Green Line (The West Bank), cannot, or “should not” be a part of Israel’s sovereign territory. For over two thousand years, the West Bank was known as Judea and Samaria. This was Jewish Land of Biblical origin, for, at least, 2500 years before Islam was created in 610 ACE. This led to Moslem military conquest of pagan, Jewish, and Christian lands throughout the Middle East, Africa, and parts of Europe.
By ridding any Jewish reference to these territories, the social justice media mob is attempting to cancel Israel, approximately the size of New Jersey.
China’s military has occupied Tibet since 1950, and, in 2014, Russia enveloped the Crimea. Syria’s President Assad murdered 100,000 civilians in 2011. Activists and journalists in Turkey are imprisoned and murdered. But Mittal, and most activists like her, ignore these glaring facts.
“Tragically, most people no longer have any idea that these territories were called ‘Judea and Samaria for centuries,’ said Tucker, “and, that Jews have always been living there (in larger or smaller numbers, depending on how anti-semitic their oppressors were, and that many Jews (even today) live there not because they are forced to, but because they feel a special connection with the land.”