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Some branches of Israel’s largest hamburger chains—McDonald’s, Burger Ranch and Burgerim—will start enforcing higher kosher standards to support Israel Defense Force soldiers who only eat “mehadrin” certified meat, local media reported on Thursday.

The move, an initiative of the IDF rabbinate in cooperation with global kashrut organizations, seeks to ensure that Jewish soldiers of different religious backgrounds can all enjoy food donated by Israeli civilians who seek to support the war effort.


Also on Thursday, Domino’s Pizza Israel opened strictly kosher branches in Tel Aviv Port and the nearby suburb of Givatayim. The chain intends to open two additional mehadrin branches in central Israel’s Sharon district.

Late last year, a Druze restaurant in the Western Galilee village of Julis made its kitchen kosher in an act of solidarity with soldiers stationed in northern Israel. The Noor restaurant also decided to reserve one day a week to exclusively prepare meals for IDF troops.

The IDF is working to destroy Hamas after the Arab terrorist group’s bloody rampage across the northwestern Negev on Oct. 7, in which 1,200 were murdered, thousands more wounded and 253 taken captive.

The Israel-Hamas war hurt McDonald’s global fourth-quarter 2023 sales as anti-Israel activists targeted the fast-food giant over perceived corporate support for the Jewish state.

Global same-store sales increased by 3.4% in the three months ending Dec. 31, 2023, well below the 4.7% rise expected by analysts polled by FactSet. Revenue at U.S. outlets grew in line with expectations, but at Middle Eastern franchises the growth was 0.7%.

McDonald’s drew anger from the anti-Israel BDS movement and Middle Eastern customers when the Israel franchise announced in October that it was providing free meals to soldiers.

But teh assault seems to have really begun for the Hamas supporting BDS activists when they mistakenly thought that McDonald’s new blue and white wrapping paper was made and distributed in support of Israel, even though a Reuters fact-check reports that the wrapping paper change predates Hamas’s massacre.

Starbucks has also faced a backlash in the Middle East for its perceived support for Israel. News Desk contributed to this report.


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