Starbucks Insists It Doesn't Back Israel — Pushes Back on Rumors

Starbucks issued a statement saying the company and its CEO do not provide any financial support to Israel or its army, in the wake of such rumors.

Howard Schultz, Starbuck’s CEO, is Jewish.

The company updated a four-year-old statement on its website after the spread of false “rumors that Starbucks or Howard provides financial support to the Israeli government and/or the Israeli Army,” the statement said.

The statement, a fact sheet in Q and A form, was updated on August 5.

“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.

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