|Putting the pro-Hamas jackboot in: London, January 2009|
Among the targets of the ferals' anger was a nearby branch of the global coffee shop chain Starbucks, a chain which has been the subject of picketing by BDSers (see here for instance), and was badly vandalised on that occasion reportedly because Starbucks' CEO in America, Howard Schultz, is Jewish.
It will be interesting to see whether Starbucks escapes the wrath next time. For, in the words of a rightly incensed informant, the company via the internet has got "into bed with Palestinian propagandists":
"So I'm at Starbucks this morning and normally pass through the opening screen after logging onto the internet... but what do I see as one of the three featured items?"
Yes, what he saw was that on its "Digital Network" the company has been helping to publicise a slanted version of the Arab-Israeli Conflict ("Palestine: A Century of Shrinking") complete with a series of maps calculated to woo the unwary into the enemy camp - click here.
'Gee,' the outraged spotter continues, with understandable sarcasm,
'So after Israel was created, "war breaks out" between Israel and Arab states? Hm. Sounds pretty equitable to me.
1967: Israel captures the Siani? Then occupies the region? With no provocation whatsoever? Wow, those bastards. No wonder everyone's against Israel.
The first Palestinian intifada consisted of "mass civil disobedience?" You mean they would like, block traffic and refuse police orders to move? They sang songs of peace, and refused to stop? Wow, now I hate those evil Zionists even more.'Shouldn't we all be telling Schultz how we feel about his company helping to demonise the Jewish State?
Starbucks Coffee, Howard Schultz, CEO, 206-447-1575, firstname.lastname@example.org, General comment form here
And perhaps patronising Starbucks' rivals instead?
I'm told Costas isn't that bad ...
Of course, for a caffeine-free kick there's always Max Brenner...
Update - The Simon Wiesenthal Center has issued the following Press Release:
October 12, 2011
Various members of the Simon Wiesenthal Center have alerted the SWC to this misleading posting on the history of the Land of Israel which ran on Starbucks Digital Network. The Center immediately contacted Starbucks headquarters.
The Center wrote in part, “…we'd like to hear from Starbucks about what steps you are taking to remove it and what steps… you'll be taking to assure that Starbucks won't serve as a platform for such material in the future.
The propaganda presentation called Palestine: A Century of Shrinking present maps that falsely assert that the historic Land of Israel belonged to the Arabs.
“The material presented on the Starbucks Digital Network is similar to other anti-Israel propaganda being promoted by extreme anti-Israel groups. We urge our members to join us in urging Starbucks not to allow itself to be a platform by extremists, “ said Rabbi Abraham Cooper, SWc Associate Dean.
Go to email@example.com to let Starbucks know what you think of this, site case #7361732 in your email.