Starbucks responds to attacks on their stores

Counterterrorism blog:
Gaza conflict provokes anti-Jewish violence
in Europe

From Starbucks:
Facts about Starbucks in the Middle East (after several Starbucks in London were trashed, firebombed, and vandalized)

Is it true that Starbucks provides financial support to Israel?

No. This is absolutely untrue. Rumors that Starbucks Coffee Company 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. In addition, articles in the London Telegraph (U.K.), New Straits Times (Malaysia), and Spiked (online) provide an outside perspective on these false rumors.

There unquestionably is now a rising tide of Anti-semitism in the wake of the Gaza invasion. This is as mindless as blaming all Americans for the policies of George Bush.

Firebombing a Starbucks because you think their CEO is a Zionist is sickening and thuggish. An economic boycott might be a genuinely effective approach, but it should be launched against companies that sell weapons to Israel and are thus profiting from the war.

Tip: UJ in a comment here.


  1. EYaw, shore, lets boycott Caterpillar, manufacturer of the instrument of Rachel Corrie’s murder; Bell Helicopters, manufacturer of the UH (Utility Helicopter) series of all-purpose death systems; or Gruman Northrup, manufacturer of F-16 fighter jets… shore, you bet, I’ll stop spending money with these entities.

    As a (green) teatotaler I’m pretty ambivalent about Starbucks, my observation is a bunch of young punks are giving Rational Anarchy another black-eye.

    Counter-productive, in both the aforementioned, is the word sought.

    • Anarchists here in SF struck a mighty blow against the empire by smashing the windows at a Jamba Juice in a protest AFTER the BART cop was arrested for murder. counter-productive, indeed.

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