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Cosmetics Firm Raps Retailer for Donations to IDF

Sunday, August 10th, 2014

Donations by a local retailer of Garnier toiletries and cosmetics to women soldiers in the IDF was boasted by a pro-Israel website, and the publicity caused a backlash that ended up with Garnier apologizing.

The StandWithUs Israel advocacy group sent the soldiers the products that were donated by Garnier Israel and then publicized the campaign on the StandWithUs Facebook page, with a “shoutout” to Garnier for its contribution.

The company tried to head off criticism with a statement on its Facebook page, in which it disassociated itself from the donation to the IDF.

“Garnier USA is aware of recent activity in social media. It is very important to us that our fans know that Garnier worldwide promotes peace and harmony and has a strict policy of not getting involved in any conflict or political matter.

“Garnier was astonished to discover this in social media. After investigation, the hand-out of about 500 products appeared to be part of a one-time local retailer initiative. Garnier disapproves of this initiative managed strictly at local level and is very sorry to have offended some of its fans.”

Another company that is being careful to disassociate itself form Israel is Starbucks, which issued a statement tried to scotch longtime rumors that the company and its Jewish CEO, Howard Schultz, provide financial support to Israel or the IDF.

The company updated a four-year-old statement on its website after the spread of false rumors.

“Starbucks has been and remains a non-political organization. We do not support any political or religious cause. Additionally, neither Starbucks nor the company’s chairman, president and CEO Howard Schultz provide financial support to the Israeli government and/or the Israeli Army in any way,” the statement said.

The company said in its statement that it closed its Starbucks stores in Israel in 2003 due to “on-going operational challenges that we experienced in that market.”

The company has stores in 65 countries, including nearly 600 stores in 12 Middle Eastern and North African countries such as Morocco, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates.

Starbucks-SodaStream Link Would Help Destroy BDS

Friday, April 25th, 2014

The confirmation of a reported 10 percent purchase of Israeli-based SodaStream by Starbucks would be another blow, if not a knock-out punch, to the Boycott Israel Movement, commonly known as BDS (Boycott, Disinvestment and Sanctions).

The Israeli Globes business newspaper set the financial markets on fire Wednesday with the report that sent SodaStream’s stock soaring 10 percent, pushing its total market value well over the $1.1 billion mark.

”Sources close to the deal say that an official announcement will be made soon,” according to Globes.

BSD has been uselessly trying to convince people for more than three years not to buy SodaStream’s homemade soda machines because it operates a factory in the Mishor Adumim industrial area of Maaleh Adumim, which the Palestinian Authority claims.

Tel Aviv, Haifa and Netanya also are part of “Palestine” according to official PA maps, but that kind of information interferes with  U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s Peace Talk Follies, so let’s ignore it rather than make more trouble for the man.

BDS, like Kerry, has made problems for itself.

The more the Big Lie of the Mahmoud Abbas as a peace partner disintegrates, the more people – even the liberal Jews in the United States – throw in the towel  and go back to fighting for animal rights or against global warming, assuming they have thawed out from this winter’s brutal winter and record snowfalls.

That makes big problems for the BDS, whose leaders are going to stand in the unemployment lines if they cannot convince people that Israel is the reason that the Palestinian Authority is corrupt, totally undemocratic and racist.

The Boycott Movement has been able to win some success by targeting Israeli companies that are big in Israel but tiny in terms of the world economy.

But when companies like the conglomerate Whirlpool, through its subsidiary KitchenAid, start working with SodaStream, things get a but sticky for the anti-Israeli consumers, as reported here earlier this year.

And if Starbucks links up with SodaStream, the BDS folks are going to have to stop sipping Starbucks coffee.

Some Muslims  made fools out of BDS last year by trying to tie Starbucks with false stories that it provides financial support to Israel and even the IDF.

The Arab American News reported last year, Shultz “has championed and funded defense of Israel on U.S. university campuses.”

One of Starbucks’ sins apparently is that CEO Howard Schultz was honored in 1988 by a yeshiva in the Old City in Jerusalem , where the Palestinian Authority wants its capital.

BDS went on the defense and said it does not target individuals, even if they are Zionists. It targets companies that can be tied to Israel’s present in Judea and Samaria.

The boycotters have not let up on SodaStream  and  Jewish Voice for Peace’s Seattle chapter has come up with one of the most obscene collection of lies about Israel, the “Occupation” and SodaStream since the creation of the Palestinian Authority.

It has created the burstthebublle.org website that shows a series of videos that tries to convince people that the idea of Arab-Israeli co-existence at SodaStream’s factory, as promoted by actress Scarlett Johansson, is really just a camouflage. The true purpose of the factory, according to one of the videos, “is not to improve the lives of Palestinians living under occupation but to pad the pockets of an international corporation.”

A company that makes money is immoral, unless it is not run by Jews in Judea and Samaria.

The videos, like the peace process, are actually the best promotion for Israel and Zionism because they are so full of lies that everyone eventually sees the truth, except, of course, for the U.S. the State Dept.

Low-Cost Café Offers Coffee for $1.40 a cup

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

Hey, buddy! Can you spare 14 dimes for a cup of coffee?

That is the price for a cut of caffeine at a new low-cost tale-away chain that plans to take Israel by storm with 300 branches in three years.

The “Cofix” chain opened its first café in Tel Aviv Monday, charging at least half the price that is raked in at most gas station-rest stops and cafés. Avi Katz, who founded the Dollar Store chain, told Israel’s Globes business newspaper, “We are not an alternative for people seeking to sit at a café in a mall. We’re bringing good news in the takeaway sector for working people looking for a coffee for the road.

“Prices have fallen in every category – fashion, computers – why not food? Because the food industry is dominated by cartels, and the other half is controlled by malls. It’s a fixed game by the big players, and there is little competition. A few distributors dictate prices for consumers, who now pay more for no reason.”

Cofix cafes will be kosher and will be closes on Shabbat. They also will offer sandwiches, fresh orange and carrot juice, energy bars and baked goods.

Starbucks May Soon Add More Kosher Drinks

Sunday, August 18th, 2013

A dream come true for would-be Kosher Starbucks lovers may become reality if Starbucks goes through with plans to replace a non-kosher extra for Strawberries & Crème Frappuccino and other products that contain cochineal extracts.

The extract for the drinks come from insects, which also bother veggies, and the company is planning to use a vegetarian-based extract as a substitute.

Kosher Today cautioned that Frappuccinos that are bought in Starbucks stores are not kosher, but if its extracts are replaced, the Orthodox Union (OU), which certifies some Starbucks products, may take another look at them.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/starbucks-may-soon-add-more-kosher-drinks/2013/08/18/

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