Representative Weninger: Arizona Has No Room for Anti-Semitic Companies like Ben & Jerry’s
- Treasurer Kimberly Yee has divested all state funds from Ben & Jerry’s
- B&J has decided to boycott Israel, describing it as “Occupied Palestinian Territory”
- In 2016, Governor Ducey signed HB 2617, prohibiting business with companies engaged in a boycott of Israel
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Arizona has no room for Anti-Semitism companies
STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – State Representative Jeff Weninger today praised Treasurer Kimberly Yee’s action to uphold Arizona law and divest all state funds from Ben & Jerry’s following the ice cream company’s recent decision to boycott Israel, describing the Jewish state as “Occupied Palestinian Territory.”
“Arizona has no room for companies, such as Ben & Jerry’s, that proudly broadcast anti-Israeli hate.” said Representative Weninger. “I am proud to have voted to approve the 2016 legislation that ultimately led to the removal of our state’s relationship with anti-Semitic organizations. Treasurer Yee did the right thing in upholding this important law and, moreover, for standing up for Israel, which is one of our state’s best trading partners. I too stand with our Israeli friends and will continue to fight against any ugly, hateful attacks against them.”
In 2016, Governor Ducey signed HB 2617 into law, which prohibits a public entity from entering into a contract with a company unless the contract includes written certification that the company is not engaged in a boycott of Israel.
Jeff Weninger is a small business owner and Republican member of the Arizona House of Representatives serving Legislative District 17, which includes portions of Chandler, Gilbert, and Sun Lakes.