Starbucks-Israel alliance, not a tale anymore

3/19/2007 11:45:00 AM GMT
By: Adam Robertson

An article published in March 2005 on The Financial Times, said that Oxfam, the reputable international organization decided to stop receiving aid from Starbucks, not because it has “received criticism and protest letters from Muslim organisations but said its decision was the result of a change in strategic thinking in its Make Trade Fair campaign. ‘At the time we signed our agreement with Starbucks UK, we looked into allegations of the company’s relations with the Israeli Defence Force and other similar claims and found nothing that could justify ending our collaboration. That remains the case,’ said Phil Bloomer, head of Oxfam’s Make Trade Fair campaign.”

In a letter published on ZioPedia site and circulated among hundreds of blogs all over the world, Howard Schultz Chairman & Chief Global Strategist of Starbucks Coffee Stores, admitted directly the fact that has long been disputed- the link between Starbucks and Israel and thus its compliance in the massive number of violations committed by Israel against the Palestinian population on a daily basis.

A Thankyou to all Starbucks customers

“Dear Starbucks Customer,

First and foremost I want to thank you for making Starbucks the $6.4 billion global company it is today, with more than 90,000 employees, 9,700 stores, and 33 million weekly customers. Every latte and macchiato you drink at Starbucks is a contribution to the close alliance between the United States and Israel, in fact it is – as I was assured when being honored with the “Israel 50th Anniversary Friend of Zion Tribute Award” – key to Israel’s long-term PR success. Your daily Chocolate Chips Frappucino helps paying for student projects in North America and Israel, presenting them with the badly needed Israeli perspective of the Intifada.

Starbucks, through the Jerusalem Fund of Aish HaTorah, an international network of Jewish education centers, sponsors Israeli military arms fairs in an effort to strengthen the special connection between the American, European and Israeli defense industries and to showcase the newest Israeli innovations in defense. As my contribution to the fight against the global rise of anti-Semitism, the reason behind the current conflict in the Middle-East, I help Aish HaTorah sponsoring the website “honestreporting.com” and produce material informing of Israel’s side of the story.

Without you, my valued customer, I wouldn’t be able to raise hundreds of millions of dollars each year to protect Israeli citizens from terrorist attacks and keep reminding every Jew in America, to defend Israel at any cost. $5 billion per year from the US government are no way near enough to pay for all the weaponry, bulldozers and security fences needed to protect innocent Israeli citizens from anti-Semitic Muslim terrorism. Corporate sponsorships are essential.

Having the bigger picture in mind, Starbucks have donated a store to the US army to help in the “War on Terror”. I cannot emphasize enough, how vital the “War on Terror” is for the continued viability and prospering of the Jewish State.

So next time you feel like chilling out at a Starbucks store, please remember that with every cup you drink at Starbucks you are helping with a noble cause.

Howard SchultzChairman & Chief Global Strategist
Starbucks Coffee Stores”

Well, this letter wasn’t actually written by Schultz, but by Andrew WinklerEditor/Publisher ZioPedia – A Rebel Media Group Project.

Andrew wrote this letter based on many actions and quotations by Starbucks Chief. You may check yourself by searching the net.True it began as a parody that caught fire throughout the Middle East, but the content of the spoof is indeed true.

The Starbuck-Israel ties, although became a hot issue on news sites and blogs in the wake of Israel’s war on Lebanon last summer, had been going and warned against long ago. A further proof is what a report published four years ago on Seattle Times said:

“Starbucks Chairman Howard Schultz cashed in $17.5 million in stock options and still owns about 4 percent of the company.”

Searching the internet proved what the Seattle Times article said, and contradicted what Starbucks Headquarters said in a statement issued in July 2006 denying the close alliance, called “Starbucks Rumor Response,” and dated July 21, 2006.

“Neither Chairman Howard Schultz nor Starbucks fund or support the Israeli Army. Starbucks is a non-political organization and does not support individual political causes,” the Starbucks statement said.

Also searching the net for “Starbucks-Israeli settlements,” uncovered loads of information.
Inminds.co.uk has revealed that an award was given to Starbucks’ Chief and is no longer mentioned on the company’s official website:

According to Inminds.co.uk,
“In 1998 he (Schultz) was honored 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.”

It’s noteworthy that The Jerusalem Fund of Aish HaTorah funds Israeli arms fairs.

Starbucks-Israel ties had been further proofed by Robert Fisk, who wrote in one of his articles that Starbucks “has been trying to damp down its pro-Israeli image, telling protesters who have written to the company that its chief executive, Howard Schultz, who is himself Jewish, does not believe that terrorism is representative of the Palestinian people.”

All that proves what had long been disputed as mere conspiracy theories about Starbuck’s aid to Israel and their long standing ties.


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