No McDonald’s food for Jews in Judea and Samaria

Jews in Judea and Samaria don’t need McDonald’s junk food

For the past couple of  days the media for us living in Israel has been flooding with the news that the owner and CEO of McDonald’s Israel franchise chain Omri Padan, an extreme left wing individual and one of the co-founders of the (in my opinion anti-Zionistic Jew-hating) organization Peace Now. Peace Now and Neturei Karta are very similar in their approach towards Israel, Judaism and Zionism. The whole media story started when the owner and CEO of McDonald’s refused the opportunity to open a McDonald’s restaurant in the city of Ariel in Samaria. Ariel is home to about 18 000 people and the University has a student body of about 13 000. I have no doubt that other burger chains would love to get the opportunity to open a branch of their restaurant in the new mall in Ariel, but Omri Padan’s decision is pure discrimination of the more than 300 000 Jews living in Judea and Samaria. Ariel is legal according to Israeli law and it is still defined as a part of the State of Israel. Settler leaders and others who are against Jewish discrimination in Israel try hard to convince people to boycott all McDonald’s restaurants regardless where in Israel they are located.

Picture of the legal city Ariel with 18 000 citizens By Ori~ (Own work) [Attribution], via Wikimedia Commons

Picture of the legal city Ariel with 18 000 citizens

By Ori~ (Own work) [Attribution], via Wikimedia Commons

 

The sad thing is that the state and the government mostly sit quiet about it. I really agree with what Rami Levy said: “I don’t accept the inclusion of political considerations in the business world,” he said. “As long as we are talking about a business operating within the borders of the State of Israel, as they are defined today, there is no reason to boycott an area or a population on political grounds.”

This is not the first case where businesses, educational institutions etc. have been boycotting companies, educational centres etc. from Judea and Samaria. Those, mainly left-wing, people are crying for equal burden for all, stopping the Yeshiva Hesder-program, let the religious men do 3 years in the army like everyone else, because it is not equal if not. But dear readers, if you want equality you have to treat everyone equally regardless of where they live, as long as it is legal according to Israel law. To live in Judea and Samaria is legal in most places because the government has agreed on building communities there. As communities in other areas in the country are allowed to expend more or less as they like, we should also be allowed to in Judea and Samaria, since we are no less legal then they are. But as long as the state of Israel discriminates Jews living in Judea and Samaria, how can we then expect people like Omri Padan not to?

This could have been the future McDonald's in Ariel I, סוצאנג [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html), CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/) or CC-BY-SA-2.5-2.0-1.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5-2.0-1.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

This could have been the future McDonald’s in Ariel

I, סוצאנג [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html), CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/) or CC-BY-SA-2.5-2.0-1.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5-2.0-1.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

I would still like to thank Omri Padan for making sure that we will not have the opportunity to eat the junk that he is making his living on. Thank you for keeping us settlers healthier in our home environment…

Here is a link to an article on Ynet about the boycott

 

Shabbat shalom,

Eli

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