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Claim: McDonald's is donating a portion of their sales to injured Palestinians.
Example: [Collected on the Internet, 2001]
Origins: As usual, there is a kernel of truth to this one, but even the short statement quoted above is distorted and misleading.
In short, after renewed violence between Israeli and Palestinians broke out last year, there were calls in Arab countries for boycotts of U.S. products (because of U.S. support for Israel). In an attempt to win back customers who had been boycotting their restaurants, McDonald's branches in Saudi Arabia announced that during the month of Ramadan, they would donate one riyal (about 26¢) out of every meal sold to Palestinian childrens' hospitals. That announcement brought calls for boycotts of McDonald's in other parts of the world (such as the U.S.) to protest their support of Palestinians.
It is important to note that:
McDonald's just announced that 30 cents out of every Dollar of purchases in itsAccording to this updated version, McDonald's is underwriting Palestine's fight with Israel over disputed territory, not helping injured Palestinians. This significantly more button-pushing version is also false.
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Last updated: 5 January 2008
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