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Jewish group asks Florida grocers to stop selling Ben & Jerry’s products

- —The Atlanta Journal-constituti­on —Austin American-statesman

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The Jewish Federation of Broward County has called on all supermarke­t chains doing business in South Florida to discontinu­e carrying Ben & Jerry’s products in reaction to the ice cream company’s decision to halt sales in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

Mark S. Freedman, the Federation’s interim president and chief executive officer, said, “Local South Florida supermarke­ts, small and large, are the main vehicle for sending a strong message to Ben & Jerry’s and its parent company, Unilever, that its selective boycott of Israel is unwarrante­d and unwise.”

“We encourage everyone in the supply chain – distributo­rs, retailers and consumers – to refrain from doing business with Ben & Jerry’s,” Freedman continued. “By impacting its bottom line, we hope to apply enough pressure on Unilever to reverse its policy..”

However, Donna Nevel of Miami Beach, a member of Jewish Voice for Peace’s South Florida chapter, slammed the Federation for calling on supermarke­ts to discontinu­e Ben & Jerry’s products.

“Years of organizing for justice and liberation resulted in Ben and Jerry’s recognizin­g that their commitment to racial justice needed to include a commitment to justice for the Palestinia­n people,” Nevel said.

Police have not disclosed a motive for the killings or any informatio­n about a possible prior relationsh­ip between Rhoden and the victims from out of state. A friend of Valdez’s told The Atlanta Journal-constituti­on that the three men knew each other through the cannabis trade.

Frustratio­n mounts as Texas Dems

fail to secure Biden meeting

WASHINGTON — The quorum-busting Democrats in Washington have gained meetings with several high-profile party leaders in their quest for federal action on voting rights, including House Majority Whip James Clyburn, Vice President Kamala Harris and several Democratic senators.

But they still await the biggest get of all: President Joe Biden. And on Thursday, they expressed frustratio­n over the White House’s apparent lack of interest in scheduling a meeting with members of the Texas group.

During a Zoom conversati­on with U.S. Rep Lloyd Doggett of Austin, state Rep. Richard Peña Raymond of Laredo vented about the holdup.

“He won’t meet with us on Zoom like this, and I’m trying to be tactful, but I don’t know how else to say it, man. I’m just pissed off at this point. He doesn’t give us the respect the way you have,” Raymond told Doggett.

And in a subsequent Zoom meeting with Beto O’rourke, in which the former Democratic congressma­n and presidenti­al candidate announced a $600,000 donation to help pay for the Washington sojourn, O’rourke encouraged them to ramp up pressure on the White House.

“I feel very strongly about this. I think you need to center and focus all of your effort on the president,” O’rourke said.

Biden has been vocal about the need to protect voting rights against legislatio­n that has passed or is being considered in Republican-led legislatur­es across the country.

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