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  • defiedfate defiedfate Jul 22, 2014 3:45 PM Flag

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    Alleged relationship with the Israeli military

    It has been alleged across the Arab world that Starbucks donates part of its profits to the Israeli military. This charge is leveled due to the fact that the President, Chairman and CEO of Starbucks Howard Schultz is Jewish. It has been long alleged that Schultz is "an active Zionist" and is a recipient of several Israeli awards. In response to these allegations Starbucks issued a statement saying “Neither Chairman Howard Schultz nor Starbucks fund or support the Israeli Army. Starbucks is a non-political organization and does not support individual political causes.” Starbucks has been a regular target of activists protesting against the Israeli intervention in Gaza. Starbucks was forced to close a store in Beirut, Lebanon because of demonstrators shouting anti-Israel slogans and causing customers to flee. Protesters in Beirut told the Associated Press that they targeted Starbucks because they claim Chairman and CEO Howard Schultz donates money to the Israeli military. They hung several banners on the shop's window and used white tape to paste a Star of David over the green-and-white Starbucks sign. They also distributed a letter saying Schultz "is one of the pillars of the American Jewish lobby and the owner of the Starbucks," which they said donates money to the Israeli military. Starbucks responded by saying "Rumors that Starbucks Coffee Company and its management support Israel are unequivocally false. ... Starbucks is a nonpolitical organization and does not support political causes. Further, political preferences of a Starbucks partner [employee] at any level have absolutely no bearing on Starbucks company policies."

    So I guess the answer is no.

    But it's great that your sister is concerned about the situation with Israel and doesn't support their violent actions in the Middle East.

    I wish more Americans were as enlightened as her

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