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First, what is Starbucks?
PRODUCTS & AFFILIATED COMPANIES:
Starbucks Coffee Stores (4,709 locations world-wide) see for details.
Starbucks coffee, chocolates, biscuits & ice-cream products
Seattle Coffee Company in the United Kingdom with more than 60 retail locations (aquired 1998).
Pasqua Inc., a San Francisco based coffee retailer in (aquired 1998).
Hear Music, a San Francisco based music company (aquired 1999).Tazo®, a Portland, Oregon based tea company (aquired 1999).
Howard Shultz, the chairman of Starbucks is an active Zionist.
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 Jerusalem Fund of Aish HaTorah funds israeli arms fairs chaired by the butcher of Jenin - General Shaul Mofaz, and the zionist propaganda website honestreporting.com.
His work as a propagandist for Israel has been praised by the Israeli Foreign Ministry as being key to Israel's long-term PR success .
Recently whilst the Israeli army was slaughtering Palestinians in Jenin, Nabulus and Bethlehem he made a provocative speech blaming the Palestinians of terrorism, suggesting the intifada was a manifestation of anti- Semitism, and asked people to unite behind Israel .
At a time when other businesses were desperately pulling out of Israel, Starbucks decided to help Israel's floundering economy and invest in Israel - a joint venture with Israeli conglomerate Delek Group for Starbucks outlets in Israel ( Shalom Coffee Co).. A bad business decision - Starbucks made heavy losses and in April 2003 Starbucks were forced to announced that all 6 Starbucks cafes in Israel will be shut down and its partnership with Delek end.
It has been revealed that Starbucks still continues to support Israel by sponsoring fund raisers for Israel.
Starbucks Sponsors Israel Fundraiser
Bowl 4 Israel
Bowl-A-Thon 2002 & Bowl-A-Thon 2003 (9 Nov, 2003)
Starbucks sponsors "bowl 4 Israel", one of the fund raisers for Israel organised by Elie Haller. Her last fund raiser was a barbecue that "raised $15,000 for a paratrooper unit in the Israel Defense Forces".[a] This time the money raised - some $50,000 was to be distributed to families of "Israeli terror victims" by the Israel Emergency Solidarity Fund (One Family).[a] [d] Innocent enough you may think, but you'd be wrong - apparently their definition of "terror victim" includes Israeli soldiers who were killed whilst they were butchering Palestinian women and children during the Jenin massacre (April 2002). For April 2002, their spending record includes the following entry:
"P. W. lost his brother S. in an anti-terror operation in Jenin April 8, 2002. The family is left with eight children, of whom P. is the first to get married. One Family (Israel Emergency Solidarity Fund) gave them $1000 toward the wedding."[c]
So the fund rewards the families of war criminals for a job well done!
Oxfam has misguidedly partnered with Starbucks in return for £100,000 - please support our "Campaign Against Oxfam Agreement with Starbucks". But this has been terminated by Oxfam in 2005; See http://www.inminds.co.uk/boycott-oxfam.html#conc
Starbucks fully supports Bush's war of terror and has opened a Starbucks in Afghanistan for the US invaders - they like to do there bit to help the occupation.
Israel 50th Anniversary Friend of Zion Tribute Award
Howard Schultz was presented with "The Israel 50th Anniversary Friend of Zion Tribute Award" by the The Jerusalem Fund of Aish HaTorah in August 27, 1998. [a][e]
According to the Jerusalem Fund of Aish HaTorah "The Friends of Zion award salutes leaders who have played key roles in promoting close alliance between the United States and Israel"[e]
Awards Page Mystery
Its interesting that the Israel 50th Anniversary Award given to Howard Schultz was once displayed with pride on the Starbucks website on the companys "Awards and Accolades" page but since the boycott started biting it has mysteriously disappeared from the page![a]
Original page(above) listing Howard Shultz Israel Award as an award for Starbucks can still be seen at the following Starbucks webpage:www.archive.org.
The Jerusalem Fund of Aish HaTorah
1. The Jerusalem Fund of Aish HaTorah sponsors Israeli military arms fairs chaired by the butcher of Jenin - General Shaul Mofaz, Israel's Minister of Defense. It aims to "strengthen the special connection between the American, European and Israeli defense industries" and "to showcase the newest Israeli innovations in defense".[f]
2. The Jerusalem Fund of Aish HaTorah also sponsors the zionist propaganda website "honestreporting.com".[g]
3. The Aish HaTorah, the main beneficiary of The Jerusalem Fund of Aish HaTorah, whilst described as an apolitical international network of Jewish education centres, produces propaganda material for Israel.
One video they produce by Rabbi Ken Spiro titled "The Islamic Connection to Jerusalem" starts "The Islamic connection begins in the 7th century, thousands of years after the original Jewish connection.." and continues to belittle Jerusalem's Islamic heritage - propaganda to justify Israeli occupation of Jerusalem.[b]
Also featured on their site is "The Occupied Territories - A Primer" which denies the status of the West Bank and Gaza as "occupied" and argues that they be called "disputed territories"..[c]
No wonder they were praised by Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu:
"..I congratulate Aish HaTorah for what they're doing, where they're doing it, and for whom they're doing it."[d]
(original still available at http://web.archive.org/web/20010502093522/www.starbucks.com/aboutus/recognition.asp?cookie_test=1 )
Losing the Media Battle (April 22, 2002)
"... The key to Israel’s long-term PR success, Meir(*) believes, is on the campuses of North America and Europe. Wealthy Jews like Howard Schultz, the owner of the Starbucks chain, are helping with student projects, including seminars held in both Israel and North America, in which students hear Israeli presentations on the crisis...."
(*) Gideon Meir, the official in charge of the Israeli Foreign Ministry’s PR effort.