Suozzi raps Hochul without freezing Ben & Jerry’s about Israel

Democratic underdog nominee for governor Tom Suozzi brings his latest leaks into the race – beating incumbent governor Kathy Hochul over Ben & Jerry’s.

In particular, Suozzi says, Hochul has failed to take action against the Vermont-based ubiquitous ice cream maker and its parent company for doing business with New York for allegedly violating an executive order against anti-Israeli activities.

“Kathy Hochul has the pattern and practice of making bold statements and then not following through on them,” said Suozzi, the Long Island congresswoman and former Nassau County executive who combined the pick of Hochul in the June 28 Democratic primary with public advocate Jumaane Williams.

The Hochul government – through the state Office of General Services – sent a notice to parent company Unilever and Ben & Jerry’s in November in response to their refusal to sell their ice cream products in Israeli-controlled disputed areas such as the West Bank, asking why it should not be included on the government list of companies participating in BDS.

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Ben & Jerry’s stopped selling its ice cream in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.
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Suozzi said the trailing foot was inexcusable.

“She said she would give Unilever 90 days to respond and then act to fight BDS. Now 200 days have passed. Their empty words ring hollow after failing to enforce them,” Suozzi said. “She said she would stand up for Israel against Unilever – BDS. Actions speak louder than words.”

Suozzi continued, “As governor, I will take swift action against any company or individual that promotes BDS or antisemitism. How do you know I’ll do it? Because I did it.”

A recent letter signed by 16 Jewish organizations also raped Hochul for failing to enforce the BDS law.

Under Executive Order No. 157, the state must divest itself of any company involved in the BDS movement.

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Hochul was slammed for her lack of action against Ben & Jerry’s
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Hochul had no immediate comment through her press office and campaign.

But Hochul’s office recently told The Post that it is still reviewing information from Unilever/B&J’s claim that they did not violate New York’s anti-BDS executive order.

“Governor Hochul has always been a staunch supporter of Israel,” said Hochul spokeswoman Hazel Crampton-Hays.

“Since the first reaction [from Unilever/B & J’s] did not contain important clarifying information central to the formulation of a provision under the Executive Order, we requested additional clarifications and information last month in order to make an assessment under the provisions of the Executive Order.

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Suozzi slammed Hochul for not obeying anti-BDS laws.

State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli announced last October that he had begun withdrawing $111 million in pension funds from Unilever over the B&J boycott in the West Bank — giving the governor ammunition to tamper with regarding contracts with state agencies to follow suit

Last December, Unilever sent a letter claiming it did not violate the New York executive order and said the parent company had “never expressed any support for the boycott and divestment sanctions movement” against the Jewish state.

Unilever also told state officials that its subsidiary Ben & Jerry’s “has also publicly stated that its action is not part of the BDS movement” and that B&J’s products “remain in Israel and will continue to be available in Israel today.” .

In a May 6 reply letter, OGS Deputy Commissioner and Counsel Bradley Allen requested further information from Unilever Vice President David Schwartz to determine whether the parent company and B&J’s violated the executive order. Suozzi raps Hochul without freezing Ben & Jerry’s about Israel


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