Monday, January 12, 2009

2000 RESTAURANTS IN MALAYSIA BOYCOTT COCA COLA OVER GAZA

BBC - The removal of Coca-Cola from thousands of restaurants in Malaysia in protest at US support for Israel will hurt the local economy, the company has said. The drinks company was responding to boycotts of US-made goods called by Muslim groups in Malaysia. Malaysia has called at the United Nations for action to stop the Israeli offensive in Gaza.

Former leader Mahathir Mohamad has also called for a global boycott of the US dollar and US products. . . More than 2,000 Muslim restaurants in Malaysia have said they would remove Coca-Cola from their menus. Ma'mor Osman, secretary-general of the Malaysian Muslim Consumers Association which is leading the campaign, said about 100 other products have been identified, ranging from food to beauty and clothing such as Starbucks, Colgate, McDonald's and Maybelline. "A boycott is the best way for us to protest Zionist cruelty against the Palestinian people as consumers can weaken the economy of countries like Israel and its ally, the US," he said.

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