Claim: Message from Starbucks Chairman Howard Schultz extols the company's contributions to Israel.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, 2006]
Written by Howard Schultz
Tuesday, 11 July 2006
Dear Starbucks Customer,
First and foremost I want to thank you for making Starbucks the
Starbucks, through the Jerusalem Fund of Aish HaTorah, an international network of Jewish education centers, sponsors Israeli military arms fairs in an effort to strengthen the special connection between the American, European and Israeli defense industries and to showcase the newest Israeli innovations in defense. As my contribution to the fight against the global rise of anti-Semitism, the reason behind the current conflict in the Middle-East, I help Aish HaTorah sponsoring the website "honestreporting.com" and produce material informing of Israel's side of the story.
Without you, my valued customer, I wouldn't be able to raise hundreds of millions of dollars each year to support Israeli citizens from terrorist attacks and keep reminding every Jew in America, to defend Israel at any cost.
Having the bigger picture in mind, Starbucks have donated a store to the US army to help in the "War on Terror". I cannot emphasize enough, how vital the "War on Terror" is for the continued viability and prospering of the Jewish State.
So next time you feel like chilling out at a Starbucks store, please remember that with every cup you drink at Starbucks you are helping with a noble cause.
Chairman & Chief Global Strategist
Starbucks Coffee Stores
Origins: The above-reproduced letter, purportedly written by Starbucks CEO
The author noted in an update that although the letter itself was a spoof, he based his satire upon factual information about Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz:
As to Starbucks' alleged lobbying on behalf of Israel? Well, it does lobby, just not for the Jewish State. Its SEC filings say it has had contacts with politicians at the local, state and federal levels, but largely on zoning and regulatory issues.
Moreover, Starbucks, which went public in 1992, has never paid a dividend to shareholders, let alone earmarked part of that dividend for Israel.
The case against Schultz is a bit stronger: The 1998 recipient of the Jerusalem Fund Aish HaTorah's "Israeli Fiftieth Anniversary Tribute Award," he's an a proud friend of Israel who has apologized in the past for a speech he gave (as a private citizen, admittedly, not as chairman) that was widely interpreted as being anti-Palestinian.
A: No. This is absolutely untrue. Rumors that Starbucks or Howard provides financial support to the Israeli government and/or the Israeli Army are unequivocally false. Starbucks is a publicly held company and as such, is required to disclose any corporate giving each year through a proxy statement.
Q: Has Starbucks ever sent any of its profits to the Israeli government and/or Israeli army?
A: No. This is absolutely untrue.
| Facts about Starbucks in the Middle East |
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