ZOA Criticizes Ben & Jerry’s Threatening Anti-Iran Deal Senators
News Press Release
August 24, 2015

The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) issued the following statement:


It is deplorable that Ben & Jerry’s ice cream company founders Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield (now owned by Unilever Corp.)– who claim to be dedicated to “social and environmental responsibility” – have banded together with the radical anti-Israel Soros-funded MoveOn.org to defame, vilify and financially harm patriotic Democrat U.S. Senators who oppose the catastrophic Iran deal. 


According to French lead negotiator Jacques Audibert and numerous other knowledgeable experts, a far better deal can be achieved if the U.S. Congress rejects the current disastrous deal.  

Ben & Jerry’s issued a public statement calling opponents of the dangerous Iran deal “partisan war hawks,” and urging people to join MoveOn.org’s “donor strike” campaign – a defamatory petition drive libelously entitled “No Money for War Hawks.”  According to MoveOn’s own “Update” statement, the MoveOn.org/Ben & Jerry’s “donor strike” campaign quickly obtained 100,000 pledges – including pledges from major Democratic donors – to withhold $30 million from Democrats who oppose the dangerous Iran deal, including Senators Chuck Schumer and Robert Menendez.   The MoveOn/Ben & Jerry’s campaign also swipes at former Democratic Vice Presidential Candidate and Senator Joe Lieberman (who opposes the Iran deal) and Senator Chuck Schumer’s Democratic leadership prospects, stating: “our country doesn’t need another Joe Lieberman in the Senate, and it certainly doesn’t need him as Democratic leader.”


The Iran deal paves the way for Iran to acquire an arsenal of nuclear weapons and inter-continental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) with nuclear warheads and hundreds of billions of dollars to fund Islamic terrorism throughout the world, as well as the wherewithal to increase Iran’s brutal oppression of gays and other minorities in Iran.  The sole purpose of Iran’s ICBMs is to attack the United States.  The deal requires no dismantling of Iran’s nuclear infrastructure, and severely limits and delays inspections of undeclared nuclear facilities.  Side deals reportedly even allow Iran to “inspect” its own military sites.  The Iran deal will ignite a nuclear arms race and conventional arms race throughout the Middle East, as countries throughout the area race to achieve parity with Iran’s threatening nuclear arsenal. 


According to French lead negotiator Jacques Audibert and numerous other knowledgeable experts, a far better deal can be achieved if the U.S. Congress rejects the current disastrous deal.  


Democrat U.S. Senators Chuck Schumer and Robert Menendez (and former Senator Lieberman) have made it clear that they oppose the Iran deal in order to avoid nuclear war, and obtain a better deal that achieves this.  As Senator Menendez stated when announcing his opposition to the current Iran deal, Iran’s nuclear weapons won’t have his name on them. 


Ben & Jerry’s and MoveOn.org’s statements calling Senators Schumer and Menendez “war hawks” and “warmongers” are Orwellian “blackwhitespeak” (the absurd insistence that black is white).  


In addition to opposing the Iran deal because the Iran deal will lead to nuclear and/or conventional war and nuclear proliferation, Senator Menendez is not a “war hawk” because in fact, he voted against the Iraq war.


The Obama administration may also be involved with the MoveOn.org/Ben & Jerry’s “donor strike” campaign.  The MoveOn.org “Update” statement says:  “This donor strike sends a loud, clear message to any Democrat . . .”  This echoes President Obama’s July 30, 2015 conference call with MoveOn.org, in which the President complained about the opposition to the Iran deal, calling them the same people who got us into the Iraq war, and urged MoveOn.org: “You guys have to get more active and loud . . .”   In addition to this similar language, MoveOn.org’s and Ben & Jerry’s “war hawk” attacks on opponents of the catastrophic Iran deal are virtually identical to President Obama and his administration’s Orwellian attacks on Iran deal opponents during the July 30, 2015 conference call and in other venues.  ZOA suggests that Congress should hold hearings as to the Obama administration’s possible role in MoveOn.org’s defamation and financial retaliation against members of the President’s own party who vote their conscience by opposing the Iran deal.


Ben & Jerry’s and MoveOn.org’s “strike” campaign, defamatory “war hawk” accusations against Senators Schumer and Menendez, and blind support for a deal that allows Iran to acquire nuclear weapons and which will ignite a nuclear arms race, are also clearly socially and environmentally irresponsible, to say the least.  Iran’s genocidal nuclear plans threaten to make large swaths of the world into a nuclear wasteland.


Sadly, Ben & Jerry’s CEO Jeff Furman advised a ZOA representative during a phone call that he agrees with Ben & Jerry’s activities.


Thus, it is up to Ben & Jerry’s publicly traded parent company, Unilever, to take appropriate action to stop Ben & Jerry’s defamatory, socially and environmentally irresponsible actions, which injure both companies’ reputations.   The overwhelming majority of Americans will be appalled by Ben & Jerry’s activities:  Americans (including American Jews) oppose the dangerous Iran deal by a margin of 2 to 1 – and the more people learn about the deal, the more they oppose it.


Interestingly, apparently Unilever entered into its own bad deal with Ben & Jerry’s.  According to a Wall St. Journal report, when Unilever acquired Ben & Jerry’s for $326 million in 2000, Unilever “agreed to pay the legal fees of Ben & Jerry’s board members to pursue suits against Unilever if the big company doesn’t live up to the social mission.”   However, defaming Democratic Senators and supporting a deal that advances a brutal terrorist regime’s genocidal ambitions is not a “social mission.”  Ben & Jerry’s and MoveOn’s “campaign” is defamation and support for genocide and the massacre of Americans and others.


Unless Unilever takes action, or Ben & Jerry come to their senses on their own, Ben & Jerry’s legacy will consist of abetting a powerful Iranian nuclear terrorist state. 

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