Anuradha Mittal, the head of Ben & Jerry’s Board of Directors and vice president of Ben & Jerry’s Foundation Inc., has been named the anti-Semite of the year. No, not by us here at Jewish Business News. JBN does long lists. The award was bestowed upon Mittal by StopAntisemitism.org.
Neither Ben & Jerry’s nor Anuradha Mittal have commented on the award.
There is no word yet as to when the ceremony granting her the award is scheduled to take place or whether or not Ms. Mittal will be able to attend.
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StopAntisemitism was founded in the wake of a series of anti-Semitic attacks, including the deadly shootings at Pittsburgh Tree of Life synagogue and the Chabad of Poway to hold anti-Semites accountable and creates consequences for their bigoted actions by exposing the threat that they present to all Americans.
Comparing Antisemitism to a virus, the organization says that it is not just a Jewish problem but a problem for all of civilized society because, as history has shown us, what starts with the Jews never ends with the Jews.
So you obviously know already all about the Ben & Jerry’s decision to join the boycott movement against Israel. Last summer the company announced that it would not renew its contract with the Israeli licensee for the ice cream in the country because that company refused the parent company’s demand to cease selling its product in any areas that are controlled by Israel in the West Bank
The move led to a call for boycotts of Ben & Jerry’s and its parent company Unilever. Many state governments in America already divested their pension funds from the company’s stock, the latest being Illinois.
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The only question that needs to be asked here is why did StopAntisemitism single out Anuradha Mittal and not just slam the entire company.
Well, it explained why. Liora Rez, who founded the advocacy group in 2018, said, “This woman seems to have an obsession with the Jewish nation. It’s nothing but an anti-Semitic ploy to vilify the Jewish nation and people.”
The organization also said that it received thousands of votes from people in favor of Mittal getting the award. She had reportedly pushed through the boycott of Israel against the wishes of parent company Unilever.
Ms. Mittal, said StopAntisemitism, notied that Ben & Jerry’s independent board consists of “all women and people of color who have been pushing to do the right thing,” as if this justified the move. And she also acknowledged that the board said it had been “fighting Unilever since their 2000 merger to end a licensing agreement with Israel that expires in December 2022.”