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Israeli lawmakers urge Ben & Jerry's to drop settlement ban

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Get out of Palestinian land and you can enjoy all the Ben & Jerry’s you want.

While you’re at it, stop constantly abusing the human rights of the Palestinians.

Basically, stop treating the Palestinians how the Nazis treated the Jews in 1941 when they were being forced into the ghettos.

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The Israeli government has formed a special task force to pressure Ben & Jerry's ice cream and its parent company Unilever to reverse their decision to boycott Israeli settlements in the West Bank

Israel creates a "task force" to make sure that the illegal Israeli's settlers in the Occupied Territories get their favorite ice cream.

Because stealing land, bulldozing homes and oppressing people just aren't as much fun without Ben and Jerry's.

https://news.yahoo.com/israel-launches-maximum-pressure-campaign-173014955.html?fr=sycsrp_catchall

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Ben and Jerry's wants to show their anti-semitism

Ben and Jerry are both Jewish.

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I don't understand why this is making such big news. I mean, sure, it's the most delicious ice cream on this Earth, but it's actual lawmakers getting involved?! In both Israel and America? Don't they have anything better to do?

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BOYCOTT Ben and Jerry's.

Cancel culture. Terrible.

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Israel on the other hand grants the Arabs freedoms even other Arab nations don't give to their own citizens,

In Israel, a Jew cannot legally marry anyone other than another Jew, and specifically both must be Orthodox Jews. Neither can an Israeli Christian marry a Muslim, a Druz, a Buddhist or member of the Ba'hai faith There are no civil marriages of any kind permitted in Israel. Only a religious court may conduct a marriage legally in Israel. However the religious courts can only legally marry two people of the same religion, meaning you have a religious court for each faith and interfaith marriage is strictly prohibited. Moreover the Jewish religious court will not marry anyone of the Reform or Conservative Jewish faiths. They will only marry Orthodox Jews.

If you are say a Christian and wish to marry someone who is Jewish and think you can convert to be able to marry the one you love, maybe not. You must convert to Orthodox Jew and in most cases the Orthodox court won't recognize the conversion. Many try marrying abroad to get around these restrictions but upon return find they are in deep legal trouble. If one partner to the marriage is not already an Israeli citizen they will be expelled from Israel.

And btw, the Orthodox rabbinate consider secular Jewish women to be prostitutes and refuse to allow them to marry legally in the Orthodox court.  Many travel to Cyprus or the Czech Republic to marry but upon return find out their marriages are not recognized in Israel.

Nice "democracy". So much for the human rights angle.

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I don't understand why this is making such big news. I mean, sure, it's the most delicious ice cream on this Earth, but it's actual lawmakers getting involved?! In both Israel and America? Don't they have anything better to do?

At least in the US the Federal courts have consistently ruled that attempts by states to make participation in the BDS movement illegal under state law are an unconstitutional infringement on freedom of speech. Ben and Jerry's is probably on safe legal ground to do what they are doing even as it angers some people.

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Israel treats its Arab and Palestinian citizens as second class members of society. It’s repugnant.

Let’s all remember that Israel is 20% Arab/Palestinians, so criticism of Israel is not anti-Semitic.

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Get out of Palestinian land and you can enjoy all the Ben & Jerry’s you want. 

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While you’re at it, stop constantly abusing the human rights of the Palestinians.

Will the Palestinians stop abusing the rights of the Israelis, including over a million Palestinians that have Israelis citizenship and call Israel their home? Will the Palestinians in Gaza renounce Hamas? 

Basically, stop treating the Palestinians how the Nazis treated the Jews in 1941 when they were being forced into the ghettos.

Hamas is doing exactly that to the Israelis by calling for its destruction and annihilation of the Jewish people.

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Will the Palestinians stop abusing the rights of the Israelis, including over a million Palestinians that have Israelis citizenship and call Israel their home? Will the Palestinians in Gaza renounce Hamas? 

This is completely irrelevant or the article. Please don’t hijack this threads like you do to other threads every day.

Hamas is doing exactly that to the Israelis by calling for its destruction and annihilation of the Jewish people.

Not even close. Systematically seizing land and crisscrossing land with barbed wire fences to restrict the populace in the West Bank and blockading Gaza are far different than calling for the destruction and annihilation of the Jewish people.

Also, Hamas hasn’t called for the annihilation of the Jewish people since 2017. Do try to keep up.

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Will the Palestinians stop abusing the rights of the Israelis, including over a million Palestinians that have Israelis citizenship and call Israel their home? Will the Palestinians in Gaza renounce Hamas? 

This is completely irrelevant or the article. Please don’t hijack this threads like you do to other threads every day.

I'm curious how Palestinians are abusing the rights of Palestinians that have Israeli citizenship?

One aspect of the conflict that really bugs me is how properties owned by Arab families, often for many generations, is just taken from them and developments for Jewish families built on their land. As a land owner myself I can understand the anger the Arabs feel. I would fight to defend my land if someone or some government tried to take it from me, and especially if the reason was because I was the wrong religion in the eyes of some government entity and my land was to be handed over to someone of the government favored religion. That is a reason to fight, but when Arabs do it they are labeled terrorists. Annexing other people's land isn't right. That isn't anti-semitic. I'd fight my own government if they tried to do that with my land. It's a matter of principle.

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This is completely irrelevant or the article.

Yeah, who cares about the Jews? Not important. Give Hamas a pass, the Jews deserve what they get, right?

Please don’t hijack this threads like you do to other threads every day.

No, you’re just putting the blame squarely in Israelis lap, please stop viewing every issue as one-sided. The Israelis have their faults, but given Hamas and the Palestinians history on how they have treated the Israelis, can’t blame them for taking drastic measures to protect their nation, as they should.

Not even close. Systematically seizing land and crisscrossing land with barbed wire fences to restrict the populace in the West Bank

And the Israelis should lower their guard and allow more Palestinians easier flow and access to launch future attacks against the Israelis, according to history, easier than building tunnels and safer might I add.

Also, Hamas hasn’t called for the annihilation of the Jewish people since 2017. Do try to keep up.

Always, let’s change the word salad and see if that works internationally.

https://www.newsweek.com/hamas-drops-call-destruction-israel-and-war-against-jewish-faith-593266

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No, you’re just putting the blame squarely in Israelis lap, please stop viewing every issue as one-sided. The Israelis have their faults, but given Hamas and the Palestinians history on how they have treated the Israelis, can’t blame them for taking drastic measures to protect their nation, as they should.

Israel has occupied the West Bank, Gaza Strip and Golan Heights since 1967. That is 54 years. Imagine if the US had occupied Japan and/or Germany for 54 years after WWII. That would be 1999, and like with the Occupied Territories, no end of the occupation in sight. Now imagine the US had taken land from German and Japanese families and replaced them on their land with American families. Do you not think the Germans and Japanese would have risen up in arms to fight this? I cannot imagine how anyone can think a people can have their land taken from them by force, see their land handed over to the people of another nation and yet these people are expected to simply accept this as their lot in life and not fight back? I shake my head in amazement that people think Arabs should have to absorb this kind of abuse and not get angry or fight back. I sure would.

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"It used to be that an anti-Semite was someone that hated Jews. Nowadays, an anti-Semite is someone Jews hate."

Hajo Meyer, Holocaust survivor
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The Israelis have their faults,

Now we're getting somewhere. Please elaborate.

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Will the Palestinians stop abusing the rights of the Israelis, including over a million Palestinians that have Israelis citizenship and call Israel their home? 

This year, for the first time, hundreds of thousands of Israeli Palestinians protested about the treatment of Palestinians in Gaza and Jerusalem.

The topic of the post is the illegal Jewish settlements.

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If there is ever to be a solution to the conflict, and the two-state solution then the West Bank must be part of the Palestinian state.

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The settlers can eat Haagen Dazs! I don't understand why ice-cream is a political issue!

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Now we're getting somewhere. Please elaborate.

Not nearly a 1/3 of what the radical elements of the violence that Hamas has wrought on the Jewish people.

If there is ever to be a solution to the conflict, and the two-state solution then the West Bank must be part of the Palestinian state.

Don’t see that happening anytime soon.

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The conflict and violence will continue until there is a solution.

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Yeah, who cares about the Jews? Not important. Give Hamas a pass, the Jews deserve what they get, right?

Nope. Keep trying.

No, you’re just putting the blame squarely in Israelis lap, please stop viewing every issue as one-sided. The Israelis have their faults, but given Hamas and the Palestinians history on how they have treated the Israelis, can’t blame them for taking drastic measures to protect their nation, as they should.

This is irrelevant to you hijacking the threads day in and day out. It is funny that you bitch about putting blame on one side given that’s exactly what you do when talking about the democrats.

And the Israelis should lower their guard and allow more Palestinians easier flow and access to launch future attacks against the Israelis, according to history, easier than building tunnels and safer might I add.

Israel should stop treating the Palestinians like animals.

Always, let’s change the word salad and see if that works internationally.

https://www.newsweek.com/hamas-drops-call-destruction-israel-and-war-against-jewish-faith-593266

Always fun when you cite to articles that demonstrate yourself incorrect. Thanks.

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Not nearly a 1/3 of what the radical elements of the violence that Hamas has wrought on the Jewish people.

You've got that completely backwards. Far, far more Palestinians have been killed by Israel than Israelis killed by Hamas, Hezbollah, or other Palestinian terrorist groups. And I don't see Palestinians evicting Israelis from their homes.

Israel is a supposedly democratic state. We should expect better from it.

Kicking Palestinians out of their homes has nothing to do with national security. It's just a greedy land grab.

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Nope. Keep trying.

You keep skating, lol

This is irrelevant

No, it's relevant because the Palestinians deserve a lot more and a lot better, but nothing will change as long as the radicals and Hamas continue to try and destroy the Jewish State, it's relevant because we are talking about Israel, the land of the Jews and if the Palestinians want to seriously have a two-state solution and want the Israelis to stop more land grab, then at the very minimum they could show goodwill and a commitment to wanting peace, if not, Israel will do whatever it sees fit to ensure its survival and safety.

Israel should stop treating the Palestinians like animals. 

The Palestinians should stop building tunnels and rockets and recognize the Jewish State and stop thinking it can kick the Israelis out of their homeland.

Always fun when you cite to articles that demonstrate yourself incorrect.

Actually, it didn't if you read the entire article and not cherry-pick the tidbits you politically like.

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These are the countries in which Ben & Jerry's operates.

You know what countries are noticeably absent?

IRAN AND SYRIA.

I get that when you're on the wrong side of literally the entire international community, you might have to fudge the numbers to make yourself look like the aggrieved party, but c'mon...

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we are talking about Israel, the land of the Jews 

It’s also the land of the Palestinians.

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You've got that completely backwards. Far, far more Palestinians have been killed by Israel than Israelis killed by Hamas, Hezbollah, or other Palestinian terrorist groups.

So your excuse is to just let Hamas shoot rockets into the Jewish State and the Israelis should just cherry-pick their targets? Hamas uses its own people as human shields, only cowards do that. Maybe if they used all the money and aid they get to build schools and clean drinking water instead of purchasing weapons, a lot of lives could have been spared.

And I don't see Palestinians evicting Israelis from their homes.

Why would you?

Israel is a supposedly democratic state. We should expect better from it.

But we should expect less of Hamas and just allow them to bomb and attack people indiscriminately without any repercussions? Huh?

Kicking Palestinians out of their homes has nothing to do with national security. It's just a greedy land grab.

Then the Palestinians should show good will and at least the Israelis can sit down and talk, that is a start, but as long as they feel threatened, it won't happen and Israel will take whatever it needs to ensure its safety, including taking more land away from the Palestinians, which I actually don't agree with, but it's up to Hamas to make the change and show that they are contrite.

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Then the Palestinians should show good will

The Palestinians should show good will after all the abuse they’ve taken from the Israelis? That makes perfect sense.

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The Hamas are not strong on the West Bank. But the West Bank Palestinians needs a new leader.

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