Starbucks: We Don’t Financially or Politically Support Israel

International coffeehouse chain Starbucks spoke out on allegations of financial support or political support to Israel on its website on 16 January following worldwide boycotts of its products and stores that apparently impacted them financially. One fact no longer included on Starbucks’ accolades page is that its CEO Howard Schultz was once awarded the "The Israel 50th Anniversary Tribute Award" from the Jerusalem Fund of Aish Ha-Torah in 1998 for “playing a key role in promoting a close alliance between the United States and Israel.” Starbucks maintained that it is a nonpolitical organization on its website. They stated on their website:“It is disheartening that calls for boycotts of Starbucks stores and products, which are based on blatant untruths, have had direct impacts on local economies and residents, and have also led to violent situations involving our stores, partners (employees) and customers.“Our more than 160,000 partners and business associates around the globe have diverse views about a wide range of topics. Regardless of that spectrum of belief, Starbucks Coffee Company remains a non-political organization. We do not support any political or religious cause. Further, allegations that Starbucks provides financial support to the Israeli government and/or the Israeli Army in any way are unequivocally false. Unfortunately, these rumors persist despite our best efforts to refute them.“What we do believe in, and remain focused on, is staying true to our company’s long-standing heritage -- simply connecting with our partners and customers over a cup of high quality coffee and offering the best experience possible to them – regardless of geographical location. Though our roots are in the United States, we are a global co
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About Rima Abdelkader

Rima Abdelkader is currently pursuing a Masters degree at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism. She previously worked as a print journalist at the United Nations covering the U.N. and international affairs. Prior to working at the U.N., Rima interned for NBC, CNN's Diplomatic License with host Richard Roth and with MediaGlobal at the United Nations. Rima is an active member of the student affairs committee of the New York Women in Communications and a student liaison officer of the Arab and Middle Eastern Journalists Association. She received her B.B.A. in Marketing with a specialization in Management and Political Science at Pace University magna cum laude and gave the commencement address at her graduation. In her last year at Pace, she spent her spring break in the hurricane-ravaged city of New Orleans assisting with the rebuilding effort and gave a report back on the WB11 Morning News in NY. She can be reached at

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