Ben & Jerry’s and their parent company, Unilever, have been added to a list of Texas companies that are boycotting Israel, according to the Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar.
Hegar announced on Thursday, saying that the action that Ben & Jerry’s took was undertaken pursuant to Texas Government Code Chapter 808, which he shared defines “boycott Israel” as “refusing to deal with, terminating business activities with, or otherwise taking any action that is intended to penalize, inflict economic harm on or limit commercial relations specifically with Israel or with a person or entity doing business in Israel or in an Israeli-controlled territory …”
The Texas Comptroller said the agency has an established process that the agency follows when making listing decisions.
As with any of our listing decisions, my office, in cooperation with our research providers, carefully reviewed statements and activities by both Ben & Jerry’s and Unilever before concluding that they are suitable candidates for the Texas list,” Hegar said. “Texas law is clear on this issue, and my office has long supported Israel through our Israel bond holdings as well as our lists of scrutinized companies with ties to Iran and those with ties to foreign terrorist organizations.”