BOYCOTT ISRAEL CAMPAIGN
PRODUCTS & AFFILIATED
RESEARCH FINDINGS :
McDonald's is the largest and best-known global food service retailer
with more than 30,000 restaurants in 121 countries.
McDonalds chairman and CEO Jack M. Greenberg is an honorary director
of the American-Israel Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc., of
According to the Chicago Jewish Community Online (website of the
Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago), McDonalds Corporation
whose global headquarters is based just outside Chicago is a major
corporate partner of the Jewish United Fund and Jewish Federation..
Through its Israel Commission, the Jewish United Fund "works
to maintain American military, economic and diplomatic support for
Israel; monitors and, when necessary, responds to media coverage
The Jewish United Fund runs "Fun-filled Summer Family
Missions to Israel" (the next one is on Aug 19 2002) where
families get to "visit an army base and meet with Israeli soldiers"
and "visit our sister city, Kiryat Gat and see the important
work we are doing there". Kiryat Gat, you may be aware from
the Boycott Intel Campaign, is
built on stolen Palestinian land - the lands of the villages of
Iraq Al Manshiya and Al-Faluja whose residents were ethnically cleansed
in 1949 in contravention of International Law. Through its "Partnership
to Israel" programme, the Jewish United Fund provides
$1.3 million annually to help the development of Kiryat Gat and
to promote further illegal settlement there.
In the Jewish United Funds outreach program they pay for
Christian leaders and American high school kids to visit Israel
and be fed zionist lies.
McDonalds entered the Israeli market in 1993 and now has 80 resturants
across Israel, providing employment to some 3000 Israelis.
ADDITIONAL INFO &
Chicago Jewish Community Online
(website of the Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago)
After the successful take up of the boycott around the world,
companies are for the first time shy to show their support
for the zionist state. As a result this page which lists the
corporate partners was quickly taken off.. Luckily we managed
saved a copy (below).
Notice that the partners list is split in to three tiers.
Presumably the largest contributors are in the first tier
with their names in a large type. Mcdonald's is third on this
tier with Sara Lee fourth.
Other partners include several newspapers, banks and finance
THE ISRAEL CONNECTION
The Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan
Chicago maintain strong ties to Israel in a variety of ways.
The Partnership 2000 Program forges business, professional,
and personal links; Israel Experience Programs for teens and
young adults provide education and enrichment opportunities;
and JUF Missions offer families, singles, and others a wide
variety of travel options; the Israel Commission of the Jewish
Community Relations Council of the Jewish United Fund enables
the organized Jewish community to maintain its interest in
THE ISRAEL COMMISSION
"The Israel Commission serves as a forum for the organized
Jewish community to promote understanding of Israel and Middle
East developments, most recently including those connected
with the peace process; works to maintain American military,
economic and diplomatic support for Israel; monitors and,
when necessary, responds to media coverage of Israel; plays
a leadership role in organizing and planning the annual community-wide
Yom Ha'Atzmaut celebration; and helps promote Israeli cultural
events in the metropolitan area."
Summer Family Mission to Israel
August 19-23, 2002
Led by Missy & Allan Malmed
...Walk in the steps of your ancestors and view the amazing
excavations at the Southern Wall ... Stop at Mt. Hertzel where
Yitzak Rabin is buried ... Visit our sister city, Kiryat Gat
and see the important work we are doing there ... Visit an
army base and meet with Israeli soldiers ... Learn the important
history of the Golan Heights ...
OUTREACH TO THE GENERAL COMMUNITY
CHRISTIAN LEADERSHIP MISSION TO ISRAEL
In past years leaders from a broad spectrum of Christian
faith communities have been invited to participate in a week-long
seminar in Israel, coordinated by the Jewish Community Relations
Council of the Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago
and the American Jewish Committee, and jointly sponsored by
the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago and the American
If your group is interested in having a speaker address the
topics of Israel, Israel's role in the Middle East, Jerusalem,
or the peace process, contact...
HIGH SCHOOL AND COMMUNITY OUTREACH
The Israel Youth Delegation is an official joint project
of Israel's Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the Ministry
of Education. The purpose of the project is to make American
high school students aware of Israel ...
PARTNERSHIP 2000: OUR LINK TO ISRAEL
In Chicago, the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation is twinned
with the Lachish region, comprising the city of Kiryat Gat
and the rural areas of Lachish and Shafir. Through this partnership,
$1.3 million from the Jewish United Fund is allocated annually
for projects that promote the region's development...
For full information on Kiryat Gat please see the article
on Intel already facing possible legal problems for building
its chip plant in Kiryat Gat :
McDonald's Israel opened its first restaurant in October
1993, in Ramat-Gan (a suburb of Tel Aviv). Today, McDonald's
Israel operates more than 80 restaurants across Israel.
McDonald's Israel Benefits the Israeli Economy
McDonald's Israel proudly sources over 80% of its ingredients
locally, including 100% kosher beef patties, potatoes, lettuce,
buns, and milkshake mix. McDonald's Israel employs 3000 Israelis.
It should be noted, in its favour, that when in 1999 an international
campaign forced Burger King
to withdraw its name from a restaurant that had been built
in the illegal Israeli settlement of Maale Adumim, the general
manager of McDonald's Israel, Omri Padan, said that he will
never open a branch on the occupied territories.
The oppressing arches of McDonalds can be seen in most Muslim
countries. In Saudi Arabia there are 71 branches including
two in in the Holy City of Makkah. Prince Misha'al Bin Khalid
Bin Fahad Al Faisal Al Saud is McDonalds licencee in the kingdom.