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Ben & Jerry's in Israel: Franchisees ask company to 'withdraw' decision to stop selling in West Bank
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Ben & Jerry's franchisees operating 30 stores across the country are asking the ice cream maker to "re-examine and withdraw" its decision to stop selling products in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
The company made the announcement last month amid heightened tensions between Israel and Gaza that prompted American activists and corporations to speak out.
"Those who feel so strongly about Israel that they want to boycott it or some part of the territory it administers are free to do so. They cannot, however, do that at our expense," the franchisees wrote in their letter to Ben & Jerry's executives, according to a Wednesday press release.
The franchisees' stores have a total revenue of $23.3 million and have partnered with the company for a cumulative 250 years, the release states.