Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Burger King Boycott Renewed

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Burger King Boycott Renewed

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BURGER KING BOYCOTT RENEWED

A coalition of American Muslim organizations led by American Muslims for Jerusalem (AMJ) called upon all Muslims, Arabs and concerned Americans to renew last year's boycott of the fast-food chain Burger King. At a July 5 news conference at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, AMJ executive director Khalid Turaani said that following a three-week boycott last year by 10 Muslim and Arab organizations, Burger King canceled in August 1999 its Israeli franchisee's right to operate a food court in Ma'ale Adumim, an illegal Jewish-only settlement in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.

Now, however, the company seems to have reneged. Despite Burger King's promises, its Ma'ale Adumim franchise is still in operation. Burger King thus is tacitly recognizing Israel's illegal activities in the occupied territories. Israeli settlements in the West Bank and Gaza are a breach of international law as embodied in United Nations resolutions and the Geneva Conventions.

In response, AMJ's Turaani said, "we are renewing the boycott. We feel that Burger King has started to stonewall us," he added. "They are unwilling to release any information on the progress of their talks with their Israeli partner. …

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