McDonald’s takes a stand against the Israeli occupation of Palestine. They refuse to open restaurants in the West Bank.

There are more than 33,000 McDonald’s restaurants in the world in 118 countries. Israel has a heavy concentration of McDonald’s restaurants, with 170 for its population of eight million. But still, McDonald’s will not build restaurants for Israeli settlers in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.

Israel took the West Bank—the size of Delaware—in the 1967 Six-Day War and, ignoring UN resolutions, has refused to give it up. Rather, it continues to build villages in the West Bank for Israeli settlers. These settlements are quite modern, with all the amenities of contemporary living, but the pushed-out Palestinians are restricted entrance.

Three million Palestinians live in the occupied West Bank, and for more than 40 years, they have seen their lands converted into settlements for Israelis. Today, over a half million Israeli settlers live on 130 settlements in the West Bank.

Although Palestinians have refused to return to peace talks unless Israel stops building new settlements, Israel continues its expansion. In the past month alone, Israel announced the building of 1,300 new homes in the West Bank across three settlements for new Israeli settlers.

I suppose the sacrifices that these settlers will make . . . include no McDonald’s.

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