Jewish Leaders Praise Morningstar for Cutting Ties with Anti-Israel Subsidiary, Defend General Mills from Exploitation by BDS Agitators

New York, NY,... Dianne Lob, Chair, William Daroff, CEO, and Malcolm Hoenlein, Vice Chair, of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, issued the following statement:

“We strongly support the decision by Morningstar Inc. to close an ESG research product subsidiary, Human Rights Radar, which has repeatedly demonstrated a clear bias against Israel by issuing dishonest and inaccurate reports about Israel’s human rights record, frequently without sourcing or proper attribution, that routinely invoked dangerous language intended to perpetuate a one-sided attack on the only Jewish state.

“As we celebrate this victory, we are also deeply frustrated that proponents of the bigoted Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Movement have seized on what they believe to be an opportunity to besmirch and exploit another U.S. company, General Mills, by taking credit for the company’s decision to close its Pillsbury food factory in eastern Jerusalem. We greatly appreciate that General Mills rebuked these claims, 'We have made clear the global business strategy that drove this decision. Any claims by others taking credit for this decision are false,' read a statement from General Mills. Dishonestly claiming victory for what was solely a business decision demonstrates yet again the fundamental deception underpinning the BDS Movement, which seeks to destroy Israel and the promise of the Jewish homeland through economic warfare.

“We continue to support legal efforts in over 30 states to hold to account companies that willingly engage in boycotts of Israel. Any corporations considering boycotting Israel need to take into account the reputational damage, as well as the legal complications, associated with the BDS Movement.”

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