Money from Saudi Arabian McDonald's helping terrorists-Fiction!

  McDonald’s Hamburgers has Removed Israel From Its Internet List of Locations and is Targeting Palestinians With Financial SupportFiction!

Summary of eRumor: 
This email, which claims to be from an Israeli, says that McDonald’s is donating 30 cents from each meal sold in Saudi Arabia to Palestinian casualties.  Additionally, the email claims that McDonald’s has erased Israel from its list of countries where McDonald’s restaurants are located.  The email encourages a boycott of McDonald’s.

The Truth:

First, Israel has not been eliminated from the list of McDonald’s locations.  Go to their website at www.mcdonalds.com, click the list of countries, and you’ll find Israel.

Second, there has been no targeted effort on the part of McDonald’s to assist Palestinians.  According to McDonald’s, this eRumor stems from a promotion that was conducted among the 60 McDonald’s restaurants in Saudi Arabia in November, 2000.  A portion of the proceeds from every Value Meal sold during the Moslem holy month of Ramadan was donated to the local Red Crescent Society, which is an affiliate of the International Red Cross, and a children’s hospital in Gaza.  A McDonald’s statement says it is part of an ongoing commitment by McDonald’s restaurants in Saudi Arabia to support worthy children’s causes and that past recipients include The Society of Children with Special Needs and The Faisaliah Women’s Group.

(Last updated 2/6/01)