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May 14, 2017 2:22 pm

Top Jewish Human Rights Group Urges Coca-Cola to Take Action Against Palestinian Franchisee After Map Without Israel Displayed at Gaza Factory

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The map in question on display at the Coca-Cola factory in the Gaza Strip. Photo: Facebook.

A leading US-based Jewish human rights group is urging the head of Coca-Cola to “take appropriate corporate measures” against its Palestinian franchisee following the display of a plastic bottle cap map — showing a Palestinian flag over all of Israel — at the company’s factory in the Gaza Strip.

The map was brought to the facility earlier this month, according to Dr. Shimon Samuels of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, by members of the Teacher Creativity Center — a UNESCO-sponsored Palestinian NGO — as part of a Coca-Cola “green” initiative.

“But this was not an innocent environmental exercise,” Samuels said. “This map shows a ‘Palestine’ totally obliterating the State of Israel.”

In a letter sent to Coca-Cola President and CEO James Quincey on Sunday, Samuels called the map “a disturbing abuse of your corporate good name.”

Coca-Cola, Samuels told Quincey, should demand that its Palestinian franchisee “create a Coca-Cola bottle cap map of Israel to place alongside a Palestinian peace map…That would be a great Coca-Cola message against hate and violence.”

A Coca-Cola spokesperson told The Algemeiner on Monday the map was not on display at the Gaza plant “inside or outside.”

“This group simply brought it to us and snapped pictures of it and published them,” the spokesperson said. “We didn’t ask to meet with this group. They just came, we met with them briefly, and they gave this to us.”

This story has been updated to include a response from Coca-Cola.

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  • watsa46

    This should be a warning for Trump!

  • tiki

    A “Palestinian Peace” map = a double negative.

  • Anthony A Gonzales

    Coca Cola Enterprises in San Diego exposed millions of their customers many years ago. I’m the whistleblower that exposed them in 1998 they covered it up and enriched themselves. They were bottling rodents as the plant was infested and the equipment was faulty for many years. The press release was false in 2004 Burger King story not true the SEC allowed them to file false SEC filing. Save this comment and ask Marti Emerald channel 10 San Diego what I showed her at my home in San Diego I showed her the bottled rodent that I had from the San Diego plant.

  • henrytobias

    Did they complain to UNESCO as well?

  • Efram Paul

    Why do I get the feeling that nothing will be done about this?