Renowned defense attorney Alan Dershowitz is “declaring war,” a judicial war that is, on the ice cream company Ben & Jerry’s,” Newsmax reports.
“Ben & Jerry’s, we’re declaring war on you, and you will lose this war,” Dershowitz said during an appearance Saturday on Newsmax.
Dershowitz’s declaration comes after the Vermont-based ice cream manufacturer announced that it would no longer be selling its ice cream to Jewish settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. This, as the company made clear, was a political decision.
“We believe it is inconsistent with our values for Ben & Jerry’s ice cream to be sold in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT),” the company wrote in a statement. “We also hear and recognize the concerns shared with us by our fans and trusted partners.”
For those unfamiliar with the issue, there are some who argue that the Jewish people’s settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem are illegal. Ben & Jerry’s, with this decision, aligned itself with those who argue this.
Israel initially responded to Ben & Jerry’s announcement by condemning the ice cream manufacturer. That condemnation was led by Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett as well as by opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu. More recently, most of Israel’s parliament got involved by calling on Ben & Jerry’s to reverse its decision, which the parliament described as “shameful, immoral, and regrettable.”
And, now, Dershowitz is also going to put his legal skills to use.
“You have a lot to hide”
On Saturday, Dershowitz revealed that he will “be bringing lawsuits against Unilever and Ben & Jerry’s,” whom he referred to as “the most hypocritical companies on Earth.” Unilever is the owner of Ben & Jerry’s.
Dershowitz did not provide too much information on what to expect. We do not know, for example, either who is involved in the lawsuits or what the lawsuits will allege. Dershowitz, though, did make clear his plan, which is exposing everything that he says that companies have to hide through “disclosure and discovery.”
Dershowitz further said that he has done some research and discovered that “Unilever is one of the worst human rights facilitators in the world.” As an example, Dershowitz said that the company “goes to great lengths to avoid the Iranian boycott and has subordinate companies selling to Iran.” He also said that “it sells to Cuba.”
As for Ben & Jerry’s, Dershowitz claimed that it uses, in its products, “sugar and cocoa gotten from child labor and other violations of core basic human rights.”
Thus far, no court filings have been made by Dershowitz against Ben & Jerry’s.