I was quoted in an Australian Jewish News article today about Ben & Jerry’s announcement it would no longer sell its ice cream in Israeli settlements in the West Bank:
However, executive director the New Israel Fund Australia, Liam Getreu, disagreed. “It’s only reasonable to draw a distinction between the State of Israel and the land it occupies,” he said. “Every country around the world – including Israel, the US and Australia – acknowledges there is a difference between a sovereign state and the land it occupies.
“Additionally, attacking people who try and distinguish between sovereign and non-sovereign Israel by calling them antisemitic is to evade a matter of fact, abuse the meaning of ‘antisemitism’ and ultimately gaslight those who would try and work towards a future of equality and justice for Israelis and Palestinians alike.”