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McDonald's turns down offer to open restaurant in West Bank settlement

McDonald’s turned down an offer to open up a restaurant in a West Bank settlement. (Illustrative photo: Shutterstock.com)

The Israeli financial daily Calcalist reported this morning (Wednesday) that McDonald’s has turned down an offer to open a restaurant in the settlement of Ariel, beyond the Green Line. The local contractor for McDonald’s in Israel is Omri Padan, one of the founders of Peace Now. McDonald’s-Israel has confirmed the report in Calcalist.

A representative of the company, who is in charge of marketing shops for the new mall in Ariel admitted that some other chains will also be absent from the project, despite its relatively low rental fees. According to Tzachi Nachmias, several companies who deal with Europe or hold franchises in international brands fear that operating in the occupied territories will hurt their business.

Knesset Member Ayelet Shaked of the Jewish Home party (and founder of the right-wing internet network “MyIsrael”) announced this morning that she will boycott McDonald’s in response to the decision.

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    1. Haifawi

      There’s honestly much better meals you can get for 35 shekels. Still nice to remind the settlers that their presence is illegitimate.

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      • Ben Zakkai

        You’re right, Mickey-D’s is way overpriced in Israel, and some days the food ain’t that great, either. But I’m still takin’ the family out for McNuggets and cheeseburgers tonight, to show my support. :-)

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    2. Jonny

      I thought this would fall foul of the boycott law but apparently you can call for a boycott of McDonalds if they don’t set up in Ariel but you can’t call for a boycott of McDonalds if they do.

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    3. Danny

      The Ariel settlers should be thankful to McDonald’s from sparing them from eating McGarbage.

      But, of course, the underlying message that their settlement is, and will continue to be, illegitimate is a stinging slap in the face, and the source of their great consternation.

      Never thought I’d say this, but kudos to McDonald’s.

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    4. Sarah

      Wow…McDonalds now has a loyal customer for life. Wish more corporations did the same. Boycott Israel!

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    5. This is a historical moment no less important than the Gaza residwnt winning the singing contest. A real turning point in the history of the Middle East. I wonder how many fammilies will pick up and leave Ariel and the other settlements as a result of McDonald’s decision. Peace is just aroud the corner now!

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      • Danny

        The fact that Ariel settlers are so up in arms over this shows that steps like this do have an impact. The article mentions that McDonald’s is not the only chain that boycotts the settlements. Hopefully, in a future time, the settlers will get that their settlements are illegitimate and will act accordingly (i.e. make aliya).

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        • XYZ

          I know many people in the settlements and visit them frequently myself and all I can say is that you are badly misinformed about the people there if you really believe what you say here. The settlements grew and flourished even through very difficult periods of Palestinian violence and hostile governments i(partocularly Rabin’s coallition with MERETZ), so this McDonalds thing is really unimportant. People have been writing them off for decades..Yossi Sarid said in 1975 when Peres agreed to allow the first Shomron “don’t worry, they will pack up and leave on their own within a couple of weeks” . I will add your prediction to Sarid’s,

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          • Danny

            This is different. This is the beginning of a mass boycott of Israel’s occupation. It’s not in the realm of impossibility that within a few short years, anyone residing in a settlement will be deemed an illegal trespasser on private Palestinian land, and sanctioned by an international travel ban to most countries. How do you think your friends will react to that?

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          • The Trespasser

            >on private Palestinian land

            More leftist bullshit. Ariel is located on Miri (Emir’s – or state) lands. Something completely different from “Private” land.

            But since when “progressives” are concerned by facts, huh?

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    6. Gaelic Neilson (@Gaelic_Neilson)

      McDonald’s is already the target of boycotts, opening one would only make for a better boycott campaign. In this case, McDonald’s could have chose not to open to avoid bad publicity, hence less profits. McDonald’s is not a champion of human rights, it has done more harm than good when it comes to the human condition. I’m not buying any of their fries to show them any support.

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      • Agreed. They began to try and clean up their public image when Greenpeace implicated them in unsustainable logging practices/deforestation in the Amazon, but these changes are obviously motivated by profit over everything else and their animal welfare standards alone remain enough reason not to eat there. I am glad that BDS is taking effect, but companies that start listening out of fear for their pockets are not ethical champions all of a sudden.

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