Letter: Ben & Jerry’s: The Judaism of Gertrude Stein

Dear Editor:

Notwithstanding what the anti-Semitic woke world says, Article 80 of the United Nations Charter, an international treaty, declares all of Israel including Judea and Samaria and East Jerusalem to be the reconstituted homeland of the Jewish people and the therefore sovereign Jewish territory. (“Ben and Jerry Speak: We Endorse the Ben & Jerry’s West Bank Pullout. JTA“). Article 80  prohibits the UN  from  transferring  this land to a non jewish entity as this land is vested in the Jewish people. Article 80 protects Article 6 of The Mandate which authorizes the Jewish people to establish settlements thereon.

I would refer Ben & Jerry to the words of Eugene Rostow,  Dean of Yale Law School, (1955-1965) and United States Under Secretary of State (1965-1969) in a Democratic administration as expressed in a famous Letter to the Editor of The New York Times in October 1983 in which Secretary Rostow said Israel’s claim to the settlements  — based on Article 80  — was “unassailable”:

“Israel has an unassailable legal right to establish settlements in the West Bank. The West Bank is part of the British Mandate in Palestine which included Israel and Jordan as well as certain other territories not yet generally recognized as belonging to either country. While Jewish settlement east of the Jordan River was suspended in 1922, such settlements remained legal in the West Bank.

“All rights vesting under mandates were preserved by Article 80 of the United Nations Charter. And they survived the end of British administration in Palestine as a ”sacred trust” – exactly the legal posture for Namibia after South Africa ceased to be the mandatory power.” 

By boycotting the 800,000 Jewish people in Judea and Samaria and East Jerusalem, Ben & Jerry is following the example of Adolf Hitler in 1933 when the Nazis boycotted the 500,000 Jewish people of Germany and the Arab League in 1945 when it boycotted the Jewish people of Mandatory Palestine.

As far as “principle and core tenants of Judaism” Ben and Jerry are treating the 800,000 Jewish people of Judea, Samaria and East Jerusalem with the same ” principle and core tenants of Judaism” that Gertrude Stein did when she waved from her Paris salon to the 73,000 Jews of Vichy, France as she watched them on their way to Auschwitz.

Richard Sherman
Margate, Florida

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