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RESEARCH FINDINGS :
Howard Shultz, the chairman of Starbucks is an active zionist.
In 1998 he was honoured 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". The Jerusalem Fund of Aish
HaTorah funds israeli arms fairs chaired by the butcher of Jenin -
General Shaul Mofaz, and the zionist propaganda website
Chairman of Starbucks
work as a propagandist for Israel has been praised by the Israeli
Foreign Ministry as being key to Israel's long-term PR success .
Recently whilst the Israeli army was slaughtering Palestinians
in Jenin, Nabulus and Bethlehem he made a provocative speech blaming
the Palestinians of terrorism, suggesting the intifada was a manifestation of anti-
Semitism, and asked people to unite behind
a time when other businesses were desperately pulling out of Israel,
Starbucks decided to help Israel's floundering economy and invest in
Israel - a joint venture with Israeli conglomerate Delek Group for
Starbucks outlets in Israel ( Shalom Coffee Co).. A bad
business decision - Starbucks made heavy losses and in April 2003
Starbucks were forced to announced that all 6 Starbucks cafes in Israel
will be shut down and its partnership with Delek end.
It has been revealed that Starbucks still continues to support Israel by sponsoring fund raisers for Israel.
See  for suggested action against Starbucks..
Oxfam has misguidedly partnered with Starbucks in return for £100,000 - please support our "Campaign Against Oxfam Agreement with Starbucks".
fully supports Bush's war of terror and has opened a Starbucks in
Afghanistan for the US invaders - they like to do there bit to help the
ADDITIONAL INFO &
Israel 50th Anniversary Friend of Zion Tribute Award
Howard Schultz was presented with "The Israel 50th Anniversary Friend of Zion
Tribute Award" by the The Jerusalem Fund of Aish HaTorah in August
27, 1998. [a][e]
According to the Jerusalem Fund of Aish HaTorah "The Friends of Zion
award salutes leaders who have played key roles in promoting close
alliance between the United States and Israel"[e]
Awards Page Mystery
interesting that the Israel 50th Anniversary Award given to Howard
Schultz was once displayed with pride on the Starbucks website on the
companys "Awards and Accolades" page but since the boycott started
biting it has mysteriously disappeared from the page![a]
Original page(above) listing Howard Shultz Israel Award as an award for Starbucks can still be seen at www.archive.org. The new page is shown below with no mention of the israeli connection..
The Jerusalem Fund of Aish HaTorah
The Jerusalem Fund of Aish HaTorah sponsors Israeli military arms fairs
chaired by the butcher of Jenin - General Shaul Mofaz, Israel's
Minister of Defense. It aims to "strengthen the special connection
between the American, European and Israeli defense industries" and "to
showcase the newest Israeli innovations in defense".[f]
2. The Jerusalem Fund of Aish HaTorah also sponsors the zionist propaganda website "honestreporting.com".[g]
The Aish HaTorah, the main beneficiary of The Jerusalem Fund of Aish
HaTorah, whilst described as an apolitical international network of
Jewish education centres, produces propaganda material for Israel.
One video they produce by Rabbi Ken Spiro titled "The
Islamic Connection to Jerusalem" starts "The Islamic
connection begins in the 7th century, thousands of years after
the original Jewish connection.." and continues to belittle
Jerusalem's Islamic heritage - propaganda to justify Israeli
occupation of Jerusalem.[b]
Also featured on their site is "The Occupied Territories
- A Primer" which denies the status of the West Bank
and Gaza as "occupied" and argues that they be called
No wonder they were praised by Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin
"..I congratulate Aish HaTorah for what they're doing,
where they're doing it, and for whom they're doing it."[d]
(original still available at
Losing the Media
Battle (April 22, 2002)
"... The key to Israel’s long-term PR success,
Meir(*) believes, is on the campuses of North America and
Europe. Wealthy Jews like Howard Schultz, the owner of the
Starbucks chain, are helping with student projects, including
seminars held in both Israel and North America, in which students
hear Israeli presentations on the crisis...."
(*) Gideon Meir, the official in charge of the Israeli Foreign
Ministry’s PR effort.
says anti-Semitism on the rise
Howard Shultz warns American Jews against complacency
Reported by Elisa Hahn, KING 5
SEATTLE - Divisions within the Jewish community were on display
Thursday in Seattle as Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz criticized
Palestinian inaction in the Middle East while others protested
the Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands.
"If you leave this synagogue tonight and go back to
your home and ignore this, then shame on us," Howard
Schultz told a crowded temple of Jewish Americans on Seattle's
Schultz warned other Jews against sitting back and doing
"What is going on in the Middle East is not an isolated
part of the world. The rise of anti-Semitism is at an all
time high since the 1930's," he said.
"The Palestinians aren't doing their job they're not
While reaction inside the temple to Schultz's remarks grew
from a warm reception to a standing ovation, the mood outside
the temple was different.
A handful of Jews gathered there to protest the Israeli government's
actions of late and their occupation of Palestinian lands.
There were similar sentiments Thursday at Seattle's Westlake
"We only get the side that talks about Palestinians
as terrorists. As if all the civilians right now living in
a state of siege and terror are terrorists and they're not,"
said protestor Alethea Mundy, whose younger brother is in
Bethlehem doing relief work for Palestinian refugees.
She's worried about her brother, but realizes that everything
"This is what the Palestinians live with every day,
two weeks is nothing for my brother,"
American-Israel Chamber of Commerce, Southeast Region e-Newsletter
Starbucks will open its first two cafes in Tel Aviv during
the first week of September and plans to open another three
branches in the area by the end of the year with 15 more throughout
Israel by the end of 2002. Israel-based Delek, which recently
purchased a chain of US convenience stores and established
its US headquarters in Nashville, Tennessee, will be the majority
shareholder in Starbucks Israel.
see  for more on Delek's US connection.
Starbucks Coffee Co. chairman Howard Schultz loves a challenge.
He opened the Japanese market during the depths of that country's
spectacular recession, and now he's set his sights on conflict-ridden
The stores will be built through a joint venture company,
Shalom Coffee Co., which will be owned by publicly traded
Israeli conglomerate Delek Group and Starbucks Coffee International,
Starbucks' internationally focused wholly-owned subsidiary.
No word yet on how many Starbucks stores are planned for the
tiny Middle Eastern nation, which has been plagued by escalating
violence between Palestinians and the Israeli military since
Jerusalem Post, Sunday, April 22 2001
open here later in year
By Sharon Berger
JERUSALEM (April 20) - The Delek Group and Starbucks Coffee
International, a wholly owned subsidiary of Starbucks Coffee
Company, said yesterday that they had reached an agreement
to form a joint venture to open Starbucks here. The costs
involved in the joint venture were not disclosed.
According to the agreement, which is expected to be signed
in the next few weeks, Delek will hold 80.5 percent of the
coffee chain, while Starbucks Coffee International will hold
the remaining 19.5%. Starbucks will have the option to increase
its share to 50% at a later date. Originally Delek and Burger
King co-owner Yair Hason were negotiating for a 40% share
each in a venture with Starbucks, but a few months ago the
deal was cancelled.
The announcement that Starbucks will be coming is expected
to be welcomed by local coffee lovers who have long been awaiting
the rumored arrival of the chain which has with 3,600 stores
in the US. According to the Delek Group the plan is "to
open dozens of stores." The first stores are expected
to open late this year.
"We expect Israel to be an excellent market for Starbucks,
with great growth opportunities," said Peter Masien,
president of Starbucks Coffee International.
Delek's investment in the coffee chain is part of its strategy
to expand into new areas, said Giora Sarig, president of Delek's
Israel Fuel Corporation, one of the three subsidiaries of
the Delek Group. "We are delighted to become partners
with such a world-class brand as Starbucks," he said.
The coffee shops will not be connected to the Delek gas stations.
The local competition is not overly concerned about the entrance
of the well known chain. Aroma's operating manager Ben Balbinder
told The Jerusalem Post that "more coffee stores will
raise the awareness of coffee drinking."
He added that according to his personal experience in the
US, Starbucks coffee is not on the same level as that of Aroma.
Aroma, which sells one and half tonnes of coffee a month,
currently has eight cafes with another three are to be opened
in the next two months. Balbinder said that the local coffee
market is continuing to grow and has contributed to a decision
to expand aggressively in the next year and a half.
Starbucks , which has been traded on Nasdaq since 1992, has
a current market capitalization of $7.8 billion, with more
than 4,500 retail locations in the US, Europe, the Middle
East, and the Pacific Rim. It is well represented in the Middle
East with stores in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Lebanon,
Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates.
The company was founded in 1971 and also sells tea, pastries,
ice creams, other food and beverages, and coffee accessories.
The company also has an on-line store as well as selling directly
to restaurants, businesses, airlines, and hotels.
The Delek Group, which was founded in 1951, has three major
subsidiaries: Israel Fuel Corporation, Delek Real Estate,
and Delek Investments & Properties, a holding company
for activities in automotive distribution and retailing, oil
and gas exploration, biochemical manufacturing, convenience
stores, and other retail operations. Delek is traded on the
Tel Aviv Stock Exchange at a value of NIS 2.8b.
Two "Standard replies" activists are receiving
from Starbucks when they complaint about the recent speech
Howard Schultz made:
Thank you for contacting Starbucks Coffee Company.
Howard Schultz recently spoke at his local synagogue and
shared his concern over the rise of anti-Semitism, which
is linked to the growing crisis in the Middle East. Howard's
position is pro-peace and for two nations to co-exist peacefully.
His comments were not intended to be anti-Palestinian in
any way. As part of his comments, Howard addressed the rising
concern over terrorist acts overseas, specifically relating
to the bombing of a synagogue in France. Howard does not
believe the terrorism is representative of the Palestinian
people. Howard was speaking as a private citizen and did
not interview with the media regarding this subject, however
several local media outlets did run portions of his speech.
Thank you again for contacting Starbucks. If you have any
further questions or concerns, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
or call (800) 23-LATTE to speak with a customer relations
Customer Relations Starbucks Coffee Company
Thank you for contacting Starbucks Coffee Company.
Please find below the company statement regarding Howard
Schultz's speech on April 4, 2002. It is followed
by Howard Schultz's personal statement in which he is speaking
as a private citizen.
April 17, 2002 - Company Statement re: Howard Schultz Speech
on April 4, 2002
Starbucks Coffee Company is deeply saddened by the current
events in the Middle East.
As a company working with business partners around the
world, we believe it is important for us to embrace diversity
as an essential component in the way we do business and
treat each other with respect and dignity. Starbucks, as
a commercial organization, does not get involved in international
politics on principle.
We are aware that our chairman, Howard Schultz, recently
spoke at a private gathering and commented on the current
Middle East situation. However, we are unable to comment
on his speech as he was speaking as a private citizen.
April 17, 2002 - Howard Schultz Personal Statement
"I deeply regret that my speech in Seattle was misinterpreted
to be anti-Palestinian," said Howard Schultz.
"My position has always been pro-peace and for the
two nations to co-exist peacefully. I am deeply saddened
by the current events in the Middle East."
Attribution: Howard Schultz
If you have any additional questions or concerns, please
feel free to contact us at email@example.com or call us
at 1-800-235-2883 to speak directly with a customer relations
Startbuck Coffe have partnerships with:
- Hotels with Starbucks:
Starwood Hotels (Sheraton)
- Bookstores with Starbucks:
Canadian bookstore Chapters Inc
Barnes & Noble, Inc bookstores
- Special relationship with NY Times:
Starbucks Coffee Company and The New York Times announced
a strategic alliance in August 2000. Under this agreement,
The New York Times is using its national advertising resources
to promote Starbucks products and retail locations as a
destination for readers. Although other local, daily newspapers
will still be offered at Starbucks, The New York Times will
be the only national newspaper sold across Starbucks extensive
network of company-owned locations in the United States.
Starbucks Coffee has 4,709 locations around the world in
the following countries (Mulsim countries are shown in bold)
Hong Kong S.A.R.
Palestine (Israel )
People`s Republic of China (Beijing)
People`s Republic of China (Shanghai)
United Arab Emirates
To locate your nearest Starbucks (internationally) see:
Some activists have mentioned that starbucks provide
a glossy pamplet "We'd love to hear your thoughts"
for people to write their comments on.
If the pamplet includes free postage then we would
urge all activists to use it for voicing their disgust
at Starbucks CEO and at Starbucks policy to invest in
apartheid Israel. Remember to provide your name and
address and ask them to reply to you in writing otherwise
your effort will simply be ignored.
Please read their standard response before composing
Acording to Yahoo Finance:
Howard Shultz's annual pay as Chairman of Starbucks is $2.2
Million, and last year he received an additional $22.6 Million
from the value on options excercised in the fiscal year.[a]
Howard Shultz also has interests in the following companies:
- Drugstore.com - Director with 1,592,246 shares (indirect)
- eBay Inc. - Director with 112,500 shares (indirect) [c]
Latest: 28 October 2004 - Howard Shultz has joined the board of directors of
DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc (buying
Express & East Coast store-gas stations
An activist has pointed out that Delek (Starbucks Israeli
partners) owns Mapco Express filling stations and convenience
stores in Tennessee (198 stores) and East Coast convenience
store-gas stations in Virginia (36 stores). These should be
Alexander's Gas and Oil Connections Company News,
[Volume 6, issue #12 - 02-07-2001]
Delek completes acquisition of Mepco Express filling stations
[31-05-01] Delek Group said that it has completed its acquisition
of 234 gas stations and convenience stores in the US for $
234.5 mm. The acquisition consists of 198 Mapco Express filling
stations and convenience stores in Tennessee in consideration
for $ 147 mm and 36 East Coast convenience store-gas stations
in Virginia for $ 36.5 mm The concerns will continue to carry
their respective brands names following the transaction. Delek
also announced that it is in the process of establishing Delek
USA, a wholly owned US-based subsidiary which will conduct
the company's American operations. The investment marks the
Netanya-based company's first entrance into the overseas retail
gasoline markets. Company president Avinoam Finkelman said
that the decision to enter international markets is mostly
due to eroding returns in the domestic market, a product,
he believes of increased competition and government regulatory
Starbucks Exits Israel
April 2, 2003
six Starbucks cafes in Israel will be shut down at the end of the week,
Starbucks Coffee International and the Delek Group said as they
announced the end of their brief partnership. All 120 of the coffee
chain's employees in Israel will be laid off.
to Israel's Haaretz.com, poor sales and Delek's failure to find an
investor to bail it out of a losing venture caused the decision to shut
down the expensive coffeehouses. Starbucks Corp., the parent of
Starbucks Coffee International, told Haaretz that its decision to
dissolve the joint venture was driven by "market challenges," an
allusion, the newspaper said, to "Israel's severe recession and
Starbucks Sponsers Israel Fundraiser
Bowl 4 Israel
Bowl-A-Thon 2002 & Bowl-A-Thon 2003 (9 Nov, 2003)
Starbucks sponsers "bowl 4 israel", one of the fund raisers for Israel
organised by Elie Haller. Her last fund raiser was a barbeque that
"raised $15,000 for a paratrooper unit in the Israel Defense
Forces".[a] This time the money raised - some $50,000 was to be
distributed to families of "Israeli terror victims" by the Israel
Emergency Solidarity Fund (OneFamily).[a] [d] Innocent enough you may
think, but you'd be wrong - apparently their definition of "terror
victim" includes israeli soldiers who were killed whilst they were
butchering Palestinian women and children during the Jenin massacre
(April 2002). For April 2002, their spending record includes the
W. lost his brother S. in an anti-terror operation in Jenin April 8,
2002. The family is left with eight children, of whom P. is the first
to get married. OneFamily (Israel Emergency Solidarity Fund) gave them
$1000 toward the wedding."[c]
So the fund rewards the families of war criminals for a job well done!
Perverted reality - provocative advert for the Israel Emergency Solidarity Fund.
In reality its this fund that rewards war criminals -
the money they raise goes to,
among others, israeli soldiers
who were wounded or killed whilst they were
Palestinian women and children
during the Jenin massacre
wonder the page on the web-site for bowl4israel which showed Starbuck
as the sole sponser is now mysteriously showing a blank space where
starbucks appeared.[b] A peek at the html code for the page reveals
that Starbucks name and logo are still there but have been hidden -
commented out - no doubt to protect it from the boycott.
Original page showing Starbucks as the sponsor
New page shows an emtpy space for "Event Sponsor",
the html however reveals that the sole sponsor
Starbucks has been commented out
Israel Emergency Solidarity Fund(IESF) raises money in the US and its
israeli counterpart OnFamily spends it in Israel, the two organisations
have officially merged together.
( http://www.yucommentator.com/news/2003/09/09/Israel/Israel.Emergency.Solidarity.Fund.Goes.Mia-458996.shtml )
ADL vouches for Starbucks zionist credentials
After Starbucks closed down its cafes in Israel, many zionists were
upset and accused Starbucks of succumbing to the boycott. Some even
suggested boycotting Starbucks:
is time for all Americans to boycott Starbucks Coffee. Spread the word
on this. They are stopping business relations with Israel, because like
so many companies, people, and leaders in the world, they do not have
the moral values or courage needed to do otherwise. Add this to the
fact that Starbucks does tons of business in Lebanon, Saudi Arabia,
Qatar, as well as other radical Arab countries who are working to
destroy America. Where they will not pull out of and it makes it clear
their stand is with the enemies of Israel and of America. Standing is
something that takes moral value and courage today.And their stand
indicates the lack of quality of their product. Starbucks has chosen.
NOW is the time for us to choose to boycott. Let's call on everyone we
can to boycott Starbucks.. [a]
interesting to observe that it was the ultra-zionist Anti-Defamation
League (ADL) that came to Starbucks rescue[b] and put down the zionist
backlash against it. (For those unaware of the activities of the ADL
see http://www.inminds.co.uk/boycott-news-0313.html ). As the New York Times put it:
the most effective of the company's weapons used to combat the rumor,
experts said, came from the Anti-Defamation League, which lent its
support. Starbucks, which is based in Seattle, did not place any
messages refuting the rumor on its Web site. But the Anti-Defamation
League contacted the company to investigate the matter and later
circulated the company's message to interested parties on its Web site
and in telephone calls.”
also quoted Starbuck chairman Howard Shultz, describing him as "a
Jewish American who has long been supportive of Jewish organizations
and causes in the United States and in Israel", saying that the company
will return to Israel in due course.[a]
See also  for another zionist defence of Starbucks.
Many other zionist groups also came to Starbucks defence including the Jewish Council for Public Affairs whose alert[d] states:
"The chairman of Starbucks is an avid Zionist who opened the stores in Israel despite the ongoing violence.
Coffee is serious business in Israel, and Starbucks was unable to penetrate the market."
[c] New York Times, “New Economy” by Sherri Day Monday, June 2, 2003
Starbucks support War of Terror
Starbucks have donated a store to the US army to help in the occupation
of Afghanistan. See photos below from Afghanistan of US troops thanking
Starbucks for their donation:
Starbucks "proudly serving" the occupation of Afghanistan
US Soldiers Thank Starbucks For Their Coffee Donation - Set Up Mini
Starbucks Store in Afghanistan,
Boycott Watch is a zionist organisation[a] which provides the above
photos as part of their campaign to support Starbucks from any possible
zionist boycott for closing its stores in Israel.
[a] "Boycott Watch and the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) are
leading the fight against divestment and boycott campaigns against
Also according to the American Forces Press Service Nov.9 2004:
Chief Executive Officer Jim Donald said during a Capitol Hill press
conference today in the office of U.S. Rep. Norm Dicks that his company
would provide 50,000 pounds of free, whole-bean coffee that will be
brewed and distributed by Red Cross workers to troops serving in
Kuwait, Afghanistan and Iraq.
important that we show the support – and we have shown support -- for
our troops overseas," Donald explained. In fact, he said, Starbucks,
headquartered in Seattle, has 80 employees in the military now deployed
in Iraq and Afghanistan.
And many of
Starbuck's 85,000 employees, Donald pointed out, have friends and
family members serving overseas in the military. Starbuck's partnership
with the Red Cross, he noted, "is just a way of reaching into the
community and supporting troops from all over the U.S."
Src: Starbucks, Red Cross 'Bring a Bit of Home' to Overseas Troops, by Gerry J. Gilmore, American Forces Press Service, Nov. 9, 2004
One of our readers has designed a leaflet on Starbucks:
Starbucks Contribution To Violence (PDF 1.3Mb)
Please note that we cannot take responsibility for
the contents of the leaflet as we did not produce it, it does however
seem to be based on the research above (thanks NEdo Sul)