Claim: Various rumors about Starbucks and the Middle East:
|TRUE: Starbucks closed all their outlets in Israel in 2003.|
|FALSE: Starbucks closed all of their outlets in Israel because they support Arab countries.|
|FALSE: Starbucks donates money to the Israeli army.|
|FALSE: Starbucks is a Muslim operation that "hates" Israel.|
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It is time for all Americans to boycott Starbucks Coffee
Spread the word on this. They are stopping business relations with Israel, because like so many companies, people, and leaders in the world, they do not have the moral values or courage needed to do otherwise. Add this to the fact that Starbucks does tons of business in Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, as well as other radical Arab countries who are working to destroy America. Where they will not pull out of and it makes it clear their stand is with the enemies of Israel and of America. Standing is something that takes moral value and courage today. And their stand indicates the lack of quality of their product. Starbucks has chosen. NOW is the time for us to choose to boycott. Let's call on everyone we can to boycott Starbucks. Spread the word. Read the article below:
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[Collected via Facebook, 2014]
It is going around Facebook that the CEO of Starbucks hates Israel and that Starbucks is a Muslim operation. Is this true?
STARBUCKS HATES ISRAEL AND THEIR CEO IS BRAGGING ABOUT THEIR MUSLIM OPERATION - this is all over Facebook, twitter, etc. right now -- Is it true. ??
Origins: In April 2003 Starbucks Corp. ended its operations in Israel by closing the six stores it had in that country. The coffee giant had first placed outlets in Israel in August 2001, creating a joint venture with Delek Group, the publicly-traded Israeli conglomerate, for this
As evidenced by the e-mail quoted above, Starbucks drew criticism in the U.S. for the closure. In the U.S. anything that smacks of preference bestowed upon Arab interests or short shrift given to Israeli interests is perceived as something that needs be protested. This simplified world view reduces complex matters to ones of good guys versus bad guys, and that this system proves wholly useless when other factors interfere does little to lessen its comfort value.
Starbucks didn't remove itself from Israel because it was
As Starbucks now says of the decision on their "Facts about Starbucks in the Middle East" web page:
A: We decided to dissolve our partnership in Israel in 2003 due to the on-going operational challenges that we experienced in that market. After many months of discussion with our partner we came to this amicable decision. While this was a difficult decision for both companies, we believe it remains the right decision for our businesses.
All of this has led to additional opposing rumors, that Starbucks either supports Israel through financial contributions (to that country's military) or that it is a "Muslim operation" whose CEO has bragged about his hatred for Israel:
The recent Israel-Palestinian conflict in Gaza has brought the hullaballoo to an all-time high, getting Schultz in trouble with both sides. Activists using the boycott app Buycott called for consumers to stop buying Starbucks coffee, saying Schultz is a “propagandist for Israel.” The effort mentioned that he was honored by Aish HaTorah, an Orthodox organization, in 1998, and said that the company "sponsors fundraisers for Israel," although it didn't provide specifics to support that claim.
Starbucks responded to the accusations that it's somehow on Israel's side by updating and reposting policy on the Middle East, which explains that it supports neither the Israeli government, nor the army, nor, indeed, any political or religious cause. At which point, wouldn't you know it, pro-Israel activists took umbrage, calling in their turn for their own boycott.
“If he’s so concerned that anti-Israel boycotters will hurt his business, let’s show him what pro-Israel folks can do!” authors of the counter-boycott petition wrote about Schultz.
Q: Is it true that Starbucks or Howard Schultz provides financial support to Israel?
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.
| Counteracting the Internet Rumor |
(The New York Times)
| Facts about Starbucks in the Middle East |
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