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Mon Jul 26, 2021, 04:50 PM

DeSantis takes action against Ben & Jerry's for ending sales in Israeli-occupied areas

Source: The Hill

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) is coming out against Ben & Jerry's over its recent decision to end sales of its ice cream in Israeli-occupied West Bank and east Jerusalem.

In a letter to the State Board of Administration of Florida, DeSantis urged the agency to place Ben & Jerry's on its Continued Examination Companies that Boycott Israel List. It also called for the same to be done to Unilever, which it noted is “a publicly traded company in which Florida holds multiple investments” and that also owns Ben & Jerry's.

He also called for the agency to initiate a process to place both entities on its Scrutinized Companies that Boycott Israel List and asked that he be provided with an update on the status of the process immediately.

The ice cream company drew nationwide attention last week when it announced it would be stopping sales of its ice cream in Israeli-occupied areas.

Read more: https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/564897-desantis-takes-action-against-ben-jerrys-for-ending-sales-in-israeli

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Reply DeSantis takes action against Ben & Jerry's for ending sales in Israeli-occupied areas (Original post)
demmiblue Jul 26 OP
C_U_L8R Jul 26 #1
RKP5637 Jul 26 #4
localroger Jul 26 #22
former9thward Jul 27 #45
groundloop Jul 26 #2
PortTack Jul 26 #3
Pas-de-Calais Jul 26 #5
PoliWrangler Jul 26 #11
BlueStater Jul 26 #6
Botany Jul 26 #8
marble falls Jul 26 #7
Javaman Jul 26 #9
SarcasticSatyr Jul 26 #10
Mr.Bill Jul 26 #12
Deuxcents Jul 26 #15
PSPS Jul 26 #13
Ford_Prefect Jul 26 #14
DBoon Jul 26 #16
Dopers_Greed Jul 26 #17
regnaD kciN Jul 26 #18
Beastly Boy Jul 26 #21
Behind the Aegis Jul 27 #41
Jarqui Jul 26 #19
Prof. Toru Tanaka Jul 26 #20
hay rick Jul 26 #27
GETPLANING Jul 26 #23
Roy Rolling Jul 26 #24
djacq Jul 26 #25
Xipe Totec Jul 26 #26
heckles65 Jul 26 #28
sinkingfeeling Jul 26 #29
Fritz67 Jul 26 #30
Initech Jul 26 #31
mjvpi Jul 26 #32
marmar Jul 26 #33
joetheman Jul 26 #34
bucolic_frolic Jul 26 #35
machoneman Jul 26 #36
LiberalFighter Jul 26 #37
summer_in_TX Jul 26 #38
C Moon Jul 26 #39
rickyhall Jul 27 #40
marble falls Jul 27 #42
KG Jul 27 #43
lark Jul 27 #44
former9thward Jul 27 #46
LanternWaste Jul 27 #47

Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Mon Jul 26, 2021, 04:55 PM

1. This is the essence of corruption

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and abuse of power. Unilever should sue the bejeezus out of this Florida clown.

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Response to C_U_L8R (Reply #1)

Mon Jul 26, 2021, 04:58 PM

4. The Florida ass is testing his muscle to see how far he can go. n/t

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Response to RKP5637 (Reply #4)

Mon Jul 26, 2021, 06:33 PM

22. Hopefully he will get as far as the fictional Governor of Michigan in Designated Survivor /nt

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Response to C_U_L8R (Reply #1)

Tue Jul 27, 2021, 06:08 PM

45. Should they sue the governors of NY, NJ and IL also?

They are doing the same thing.

Five US states take aim at Ben & Jerry’s over settlement boycott

Officials in Florida, Texas, New York, New Jersey and Illinois reviewing whether move requires divestment from parent company Unilever under their various state laws

https://www.timesofisrael.com/five-us-states-take-aim-at-ben-jerrys-over-settlement-boycott/

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Mon Jul 26, 2021, 04:57 PM

2. the fucking idiot is totally against government interference in business, until it suits him....

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Mon Jul 26, 2021, 04:58 PM

3. Deathsatan just doesn't know when to shut the f..k up!!

Gives this all kinds of attention and ignores the real problems facing fl- collapsing bldgs due to lax inspection laws, covid ragging out of control, climate change sinking miami and the entire coast line.

If they don’t want to sell their ice cream in Israel they don’t have to

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Mon Jul 26, 2021, 04:58 PM

5. Don't forget the special

Desantis Double Secret Probation Companies

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Response to Pas-de-Calais (Reply #5)

Mon Jul 26, 2021, 05:17 PM

11. Lol, nice snark

In earlier days of internet there was a Minneapolis underground music website that had a button with message "Do Not Click This Button". So of course you click the button and then get a little popup message "You've been added to the list"

Pretty sure B&J is very concerned.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Mon Jul 26, 2021, 05:00 PM

6. Doesn't this shithead have more important things to worry about than ice cream?

His strategy of ignoring COVID has backfired big time.

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Response to BlueStater (Reply #6)

Mon Jul 26, 2021, 05:08 PM

8. as noted one post up

"Doesn't this shithead have more important things to worry about than ice cream?"


As Florida hits 10,000 cases a day, experts seek more COVID data from state


https://www.tampabay.com/news/health/2021/07/23/as-covid-cases-climb-experts-question-floridas-pandemic-data/


Coronavirus cases have tripled in the past two weeks in Florida and there’s no sign the resurgent pandemic will slow down.

There were 73,119 new infections reported between July 16 and Thursday, according to the latest seven-day report released by the state on Friday. That’s an average of more than 10,000 infections per day, a number not seen since early February.

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Hospitalizations have also doubled in the past two weeks to nearly 800 confirmed admission every day, on average. Deaths have followed, increasing by 64 percent over the same time span, but still remain far below levels seen at the peak of the pandemic.

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At the same time, weekly vaccination rates continue to drop as new patients become harder and harder to reach. The number of first-time vaccine recipients fell to just over 100,000, the lowest since June.

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(and now Florida and DeSantis want to hide the data)


The Florida Department of Health also stopped sharing key demographic data points with the public, such as hospitalizations, infections in nursing homes, and county level infections and vaccinations by race, age and gender. At that time, health officials said this change reflected a new phase of the pandemic as cases fell.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Mon Jul 26, 2021, 05:05 PM

7. Screw that guy. He wouldn't understand the concept of a principled stand in his finest moment.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Mon Jul 26, 2021, 05:09 PM

9. meh, showboating bullshit.

If I were B&J I would halt sales to florida until they get their covid cases under control.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Mon Jul 26, 2021, 05:15 PM

10. In my Florida, the covid situation is getting bad again ...

But sure, let's waste everyone's time talking about ice-scream.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Mon Jul 26, 2021, 05:27 PM

12. They should announce that Florida has been declared

Israeli-occupied territory and shut off all ice cream sales to the state.

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Response to Mr.Bill (Reply #12)

Mon Jul 26, 2021, 05:41 PM

15. Nooo!

I just bought Pfhish Food..my favorite besides Cherry Garcia. My governor..agg..needs to get his house in order and forget about ice cream n focus on our exploding C-19 cases. He is a disaster for us here. Our water quality issues are not getting attention, either. My family has been here for generations n I’m about to head for the hills, as they say..but where to go?

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Mon Jul 26, 2021, 05:30 PM

13. Just another right-wing authoritarian with "lists"

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Mon Jul 26, 2021, 05:40 PM

14. Squirrel !!!!!!!!!

That's Exactly What This Is.....Another Dog Whistle.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Mon Jul 26, 2021, 05:41 PM

16. I guess Critical Race Theory has lost traction

DeSantis wants to move on tot he next non-issue

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Mon Jul 26, 2021, 05:41 PM

17. I thought he was against "cancel culture"?

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Mon Jul 26, 2021, 06:02 PM

18. How times have changed...

I remember a time, about fifteen years ago, where the majority of DU posts on this subject would be castigating B&J as "anti-Semitic" and "pro-terrorist" for their policy.

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Response to regnaD kciN (Reply #18)

Mon Jul 26, 2021, 06:25 PM

21. If B&J were to stop selling ice cream in Israel and only sell it in the West Bank, the posts on the

subject may have been different. As things stand now, the B&J move appears to be pro-semitic and anti-terrorist.

What I find hilarious in this entire mishigas is that very few people on either side of the issue find irony in this.

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Response to Beastly Boy (Reply #21)

Tue Jul 27, 2021, 12:25 AM

41. Probably not.

When it comes to Israel, bigots let their freak-flag fly high and proud, on both sides; it is one of the few unifying issues for extremists, that and the "Dems are in disarray" trope. Like you, this is such a non-issue to me, but it always brings out some true natures...it is like alcohol! LOL!

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Mon Jul 26, 2021, 06:17 PM

19. "Let's stir up controversy over here so fewer notice ... "

" the dead and dying over there ..."

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Response to Jarqui (Reply #19)

Mon Jul 26, 2021, 06:23 PM

20. +1

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Response to Jarqui (Reply #19)

Mon Jul 26, 2021, 07:11 PM

27. Look, squirrel!

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Mon Jul 26, 2021, 06:40 PM

23. Picking winners and losers, are we?

So projection really is the first characteristic of any conservative.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Mon Jul 26, 2021, 06:57 PM

24. Boycott sponsors?

That’s what’s next. Punishing companies with boycotts for supporting clowns line DeSantis and 45ii.

DeSantis may start a war Republicans can’t win. They don’t have the buying power of the 99%.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Mon Jul 26, 2021, 07:02 PM

25. Enjoying Ben & Jerry's Colin Kaepernick's Change the Whirled

Some Hills just aren't worth dying on.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Mon Jul 26, 2021, 07:09 PM

26. Commerce Clause

The Commerce Clause describes an enumerated power listed in the United States Constitution (Article I, Section 8, Clause 3). The clause states that the United States Congress shall have power "to regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes."


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commerce_Clause#Substantial_Impact_on_Interstate_Commerce

States have no power to regulate interstate commerce.



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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Mon Jul 26, 2021, 07:11 PM

28. So we're all citizens of Israel now?

Not in my book.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Mon Jul 26, 2021, 07:17 PM

29. Funny, Ben & Jerry's isn't boycotting Israel, just reducing it's marketing area.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Mon Jul 26, 2021, 07:43 PM

30. More "small government" and

..."unrestrained free enterprise" conservatism.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Mon Jul 26, 2021, 08:00 PM

31. He won't take action against rising COVID cases but he will take action on ice cream.

Nice to know where his priorities lie!

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Mon Jul 26, 2021, 08:05 PM

32. I feel a new flavor coming on!

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Mon Jul 26, 2021, 08:41 PM

33. Maybe this fuckstick should focus on his state's coronavirus crisis.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Mon Jul 26, 2021, 09:17 PM

34. So boycott the boycotters because that sets a great example.

DeSantais has much more important things to worry about IMHO

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Mon Jul 26, 2021, 09:34 PM

35. Nice to hear Ronnie D has his own foreign policy

Imagine what he plans to do to, say, New York.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Mon Jul 26, 2021, 09:59 PM

36. Hey, let's ignore collapsing and near collapsing Miami area tall condos. Yeah, that's the ticket...

..hit up B&J's boycott to get folks off the REALLY important shit, eh?

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Mon Jul 26, 2021, 10:01 PM

37. So DeSantis wants Ben & Jerry who he now opposes to still sell their product?

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Mon Jul 26, 2021, 10:53 PM

38. Whatever happened to the American concept of freedom of conscience?

One of the many freedoms that Republicans and autocrats DON'T believe in, apparently.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Mon Jul 26, 2021, 11:20 PM

39. He's power hungry, and seems to think he has more power than he does.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Tue Jul 27, 2021, 12:06 AM

40. I think he has more important things to do, you know, like the Delta outbreak.

I just don't get narcissists.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Tue Jul 27, 2021, 10:50 AM

42. The headline alone gave me a jones for a pint Cherry Garcia.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Tue Jul 27, 2021, 02:12 PM

43. funny how the repubs loves them 'free market' & want govt 'out of peoples lives', till they don't

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Tue Jul 27, 2021, 03:13 PM

44. Cancel culture was invented and perfected by repugs who always blame Dems for it.

I am so fucking sick of the constant lying and hypocricy from them. I hope Unilever has the stones to stand up to this pressure to dump Ben and Jerrys and tells Death Sentence to fuck off and stays strong. That's what this whole thing is, Death Sentence is trying to stick it to the progressives. He is so small in mind and so hatefully evil.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Tue Jul 27, 2021, 06:14 PM

46. For some strange reason people are treating this as a FL thing.

It is not. 35 states have anti-BDS laws. Both blue and red states. The actions against the B&J anti-Israel boycott are just starting.

Five US states take aim at Ben & Jerry’s over settlement boycott

Officials in Florida, Texas, New York, New Jersey and Illinois reviewing whether move requires divestment from parent company Unilever under their various state laws.

Five US states have begun examining whether Ben & Jerry’s decision to stop selling its ice cream in Israeli settlements triggered laws passed in recent years to combat the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement targeting Israel.

There are 34 states in total that require their governments to stop doing business with companies that boycott Israel — and 21 of those explicitly include West Bank settlement boycotts in their definitions.

Of those 21 states, 12 are required to remove companies that engage in boycotts from state employee retirement investment funds — an action that experts say is far more damaging than simply ending contracts with a company for its goods and services.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/five-us-states-take-aim-at-ben-jerrys-over-settlement-boycott/

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Response to former9thward (Reply #46)

Tue Jul 27, 2021, 07:17 PM

47. Unsurprising you label the reactions as 'strange..'

New math again?

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