Today in the Israellycool Buycott series we look at the curious case of Starbucks. It’s curious because Starbucks does not even operate in Israel. The attached picture of a Starbucks New York mug, therefore, contains coffee I made myself! Nevertheless the Boycott, Disinvest and Sanction muppets single out Starbucks for special boycott love for the sole reason that the founder, Howard Shultz, gives money to Jewish causes. He is, in other words, a Jew. Here is their hastily modified “logic” for their Jew-hating boycott:
Howard Schultz, the founder, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Starbucks who also owns 31.6 million shares of Starbucks stock (worth around $1.4 billion in Nov 2011) is an active zionist (Draft note: are we allowed to write money grabbing Jew?) .
In 1998 he was honoured by the Jerusalem Fund of Aish HaTorah with “The Israel 50th Anniversary Friend of Zion Tribute Award” for his services to the zionist state in “playing a key role in promoting close alliance between the United States and Israel”. The ultra-right wing Jerusalem Fund of Aish HaTorah funds Israeli arms fairs chaired by
the butcher of Jenin,General Shaul Mofaz, and the zionist media pressure groupthe tireless and dogged seeker after truth and honesty, honestreporting.com, they were also implicated in the production and distribution of the infamous islamophobiccredited with working on the critically acclaimed film uncovering the roots of Islamic Jew hatred, ‘Obesession’. Starbucks proudly displayed the award on the company’s website under the section of ‘awarda(sic) and accolades’ the Starbucks company has won, however, once the boycott started to bite the award mysteriously disappeared from its website.
Howard Shultz work as a
propagandistpublic relations ambassador for Israel has been praised by the Israeli Foreign Ministry as being key to Israel’s long-term PR success. On April 4th 2002, whilst the Israeli army was slaughteringcarefully rooting out terrorists hidden within the civilian Palestinians in Jenin Howard Shultz made a provocative speech blaming the Palestinians, suggesting the intifada was a manifestation of anti- Semitism, and asked people to unite behind Israel. Starbucks also sponsors fund raisers for Israel.
At a time when
other businesses were desperately pulling out ofthe economy of Israel was booming, Starbucks decided to help Israel’s floundering economy and open Starbucks in Israel. The venture failed but Shultz has vowed Starbucks will “return to Israel in due course”.
Starbucks has opened outlets in US bases in Afghanistan and Iraq, and at the illegal torture centre in Guantanamo Bay. Customer Relations say “Starbucks has the deepest respect and admiration for U.S. military.. who risk their lives to protect Americans and our values of freedom and democracy”. Petty Officer Barry Tate who is serving in Guantanamo Bay agrees that Starbucks is helping “lift the morale” of the guards and interrogator’s at Guantanamo Bay.
It is completely correct that Starbucks failed commercially in Israel. The reasons are probably complex but I put it down to their poor food offering. Just ask Jackie Mason what matters more to Jews after a theatre show: drinks or food? Whatever the precise reason, Tel Aviv in particular and the whole of Israel already had so many fantastic coffee places when Starbucks arrived, they didn’t add much to the local market.
But I can tell you, many, many Israelis, when they are abroad, hold a soft spot for Starbucks and appreciate the many good things the company has done for Israel!
This has been another in the Israellycool Buycott series based on the poster put out by Islamic groups in the UK and distributed for free to Mosques all over the UK.
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