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Moredreads
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posted 01 April 2003 05:54 AM      Profile for Moredreads     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Starbucks Pulls Out of Israel

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Starbucks would not disclose any detailed reasons for dissolving its partnership with the Delek Group of Israel. The two formed the joint-venture Shalom Coffee Co., which was 80.5 percent owned by Delek and 19.5 percent by Starbucks' subsidiary, Starbucks Coffee International.



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Mishei
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posted 01 April 2003 08:08 AM      Profile for Mishei     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
So what. Businesses fail sometimes. What's your point especially in light of this?

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The decision to end the partnership was independent of ongoing turmoil in the Middle East and the war with Iraq (news - web sites), said Starbucks spokeswoman Carole Pucik.


A piece you chose NOT to quote from the article. And Im suppose to not feel you have an agenda MD?

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Michelle
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posted 01 April 2003 09:12 AM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
We could all accuse each other of having agendas around here, some with more justice than others.
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Willowdale Wizard
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posted 01 April 2003 09:44 AM      Profile for Willowdale Wizard   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
businesses fail ... or businesses pull out of Israel as a response to consumer boycott.

hard to tell if the company doesn't admit it or there is no internal leak.

the consumer boycott described below didn't only target starbucks, but also AOL Time Warner, Disney, Estée Lauder, Nokia, Revlon, Marks & Spencer, Selfridges and IBM. it also described Coca-Cola's efforts to deflect attention.

June 16, 2002 - The Independent

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In Beirut today, activists will be leafleting outside the city's four Starbucks shops, detailing the pro-Israeli sentiments of its chief executive, Howard Shultz, and claiming he is "an active Zionist".

In 1998, Mr Shultz was awarded the "Israeli 50th Anniversary Tribute Award" from the Jerusalem Fund of Aish Ha-Torah, which is strongly critical of Yasser Arafat and insists that the occupied Palestinian territories should be described only as "disputed".

In a speech to Jewish Americans in Seattle earlier this year – at the height of the Israeli Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon's, reoccupation of West Bank towns – Starbucks' top man condemned Palestinian "inaction" and announced that "the Palestinians aren't doing their job – they're not stopping terrorism".

Gideon Meir, an Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman, complimented Mr Shultz for helping American students to hear "Israeli presentations on the Middle East crisis".

[...]

Starbucks, which has 4,709 retail locations around the world, has been trying to damp down its pro-Israeli image, telling protesters who have written to the company that its chief executive, Howard Shultz, who is himself Jewish, "does not believe the terrorism (sic) is representative of the Palestinian people".
When he spoke recently to his local synagogue, Starbucks says, "Howard was speaking as a private citizen and did not interview with the media regarding this subject". Another Starbucks response says the company "is deeply saddened by the current events (sic) in the Middle East" and quotes a statement by Mr Shultz. "I deeply regret that my speech in Seattle was misinterpreted as anti-Palestinian," he says. "My position has always been pro-peace and for the two nations (sic) to co-exist peacefully."
Arab students believe the real fears of American executives are focused not on losses in the Arab world but on the danger that Arab protests will be picked up by Palestinian sympathisers in Europe and even in America itself.

Mr Shultz, who does not appear to have condemned the building of illegal Israeli settlements on occupied land, spearheaded Starbucks' entry into the Israeli market last year with its first two coffee shops – built through a joint venture company called Shalom Coffee Ltd – in Tel Aviv.



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CyberNomad
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posted 01 April 2003 11:31 AM      Profile for CyberNomad     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
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the consumer boycott described below didn't only target starbucks, but also AOL Time Warner, Disney, Estée Lauder, Nokia, Revlon, Marks & Spencer, Selfridges and IBM. it also described Coca-Cola's efforts to deflect attention.

And how many, of the above, have gone out of business? Is Israel still standing?

[Sweet dreams, bright ones.]


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Gir Draxon
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posted 01 April 2003 06:52 PM      Profile for Gir Draxon     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
While I like hearing that Starbucks is out of Israel, I will not be satisfied until they withdraw from the planet Earth.
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Moredreads
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posted 01 April 2003 07:08 PM      Profile for Moredreads     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
2nd Cup, ubber allez!
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