NEWSWEEK – McDonald’s Israel is facing calls for a boycott after it began providing free meals to Israeli soldiers following the outbreak of war against Hamas.
On X (formerly Twitter), users criticized the Israeli-owned franchise, with one writing:
“McDonald’s providing free meals to the IDF, (the military forces of Israel). We should stand by our principles and take actions that align with our beliefs. Lets boycott McDonalds bcz Supporting companies that are involved in conflicts is wrong, especially when it comes to the loss of innocent lives.”
The poster continued:
“Let’s raise awareness and encourage accountability from these brands. Remember, every individual’s voice and actions can make a difference in shaping a more just world.”
In a series of Instagram posts this week, McDonald’s Israel said it was donating thousands of free meals to Israel Defense Forces soldiers as well as hospitals.
The fighting against Hamas began after the militant group launched a surprise attack on Israel last weekend. Over 2,700 casualties have been confirmed on both sides, according to the Associated Press.
In a caption to one post, translated by Instagram, McDonald’s Israel wrote,
“Update that already yesterday we donated 4000 meals to hospitals and military units, we intend to donate thousands of meals every day to soldiers in the field and in drafting areas, and this is beyond a discount to soldiers coming to restaurants. We opened 5 restaurants that were open only for this purpose.”
On X, a user named Attockonians wrote:
“Dear Pakistan, Let’s BOYCOTT McDonalds. Spread as much as you can.”