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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

McDonald's joins the BDS campaign

When I lived in a certain neighborhood in northern Jerusalem, we used to joke that we made aliya so that we could see the golden arches in the distance. That particular McDonald's was located in Mevaseret Tziyon (and was the first McDonald's in Israel to be Kosher), which sits on the 'green line.' Now, the local McDonald's franchisee (who has also had more than his share of run-in's with the Jerusalem rabbinate) is refusing to open a McDonald's in Ariel, because it's over the green line.
McDonald's confirmed to that it did not intend to open in Ariel and said that its refusal to operate in the West Bank "had always been the restaurant chain's policy," according to the report.
Nahmias said that there were other companies other than McDonald's, that he refused to name, that expressed concerns that opening in the mall would negatively impact their international business.
Rami Levy, Israeli supermarket magnate and one of the entrepreneurs behind the Ariel mall, did not refer specifically to McDonald's decision but he did tell the paper that businesses that refuse to open in the West Bank also harm the Arab population there.
"I do not accept that companies make business decisions that are informed by political considerations. The mall in Ariel is expected to employ Arab and Jewish workers from the area and to provide services for these populations" Levy said.
"This boycott is superfluous, and it harms the Arab population that it is supposedly trying to protect," he added.

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At 7:29 PM, Blogger Max Coutinho said...


I don't know what goes through the mind of those BDS people: they are revealing themselves to be anti-Arab (since they do not care how much they affect the lives of the Arabs living in Judea & Samaria). I believe they are starting to lose focus.

Anyway, do you know what they call the McDonald's in France? McMerde (McS***). As far as I am concerned, they could leave Israel entirely...nasty concept of food.


At 2:39 AM, Blogger Empress Trudy said...

Antizionism is intellectually and spiritually Holocaust Denial and Holocaust Denial is the Holocaust.

At 5:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

One opposes a racist ideology. The other opposes a factual event. They are nothing to do one another.

At 5:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

One opposes a racist ideology. The other opposes a factual event. They are nothing to do with one another.


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