A top Texas official said Thursday he is considering banning Ben & Jerry’s statewide after the Vermont-based company announced it will no longer sell ice cream in “Occupied Palestinian Territory.”
Texas State Comptroller Glenn Hegar said he has directed his staff to review whether Ben & Jerry’s or its parent company Unilever have violated the state’s “boycott Israel” laws.
Texas law under Chapter 808 bars companies from refusing, terminating business or taking “any action that is intended to penalize, inflict economic harm on or limit commercial relations” with Israel.
“Texans have made it very clear that they stand with Israel and its people,” Hegar said in a statement Thursday. “We oppose actions that could undermine Israel’s economy and its people.”
The announcement by Ben & Jerry’s this week is part of a larger Palestinian-led campaign to protest Israeli involvement in the West Bank and Gaza strip.
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