Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) said Wednesday that Oklahoma should ban the sale of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream after the company announced earlier this week that it would stop selling ice cream in Israeli-occupied Palestianian territory.
Via The Hill:
“#Benandjerrys has now decided they know more about Jerusalem than the Israelis. If Ben & Jerry’s wants to have a meltdown & boycott Israel, OK is ready to respond. Oklahoma has an anti-boycott of Israel law in place,” Lankford said in a statement on Twitter on Wednesday.
“We should immediately block the sale of all #Benandjerrys in the state and in any state-operated facility to align with our law,” Lankford added.
On Monday, Ben & Jerry’s announced that they would stop selling ice cream in disputed parts of the region, saying in a statement, “We believe it is inconsistent with our values for Ben & Jerry’s ice cream to be sold in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT).”
Lankford’s statements seem to be referring to a bill that was passed in Oklahoma in May 2020 that declares Israel “a prominent trading partner of the State of Oklahoma” and “that the state, and those companies that do business by and through the state, in the interest of the state’s economic policy, should not boycott trade with Israel.”
However, The Hill reported that Oklahoma “state Rep. Mark McBride (R), one of the primary authors of the bill, said that this law only applies to the state of Oklahoma and who they do business with.”
“If Ben & Jerry’s was a vendor [of the state], then we would not do business, but they are not a vendor of Oklahoma,” McBride said to The Hill.
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