ALERT UPDATE: Oxfam to Announce End of Relations with Starbucks

Islamic Human Rights Commission

28 February 2005

ALERT UPDATE: Oxfam to Announce End of Relations with Starbucks

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The Islamic Human Rights Commission and Innovative Minds, supported by Friends of al-Aqsa, the Palestinian Return Centre, the Muslim Association of Britain, and the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign, have been in a series of discussions with Oxfam regarding its agreement with pro-Zionist multinational coffee chain Starbucks. IHRC is proud to inform campaigners that Oxfam is soon to announce that it will not be renewing its 1 year contract with Starbucks, which terminates this September.

In October 2004, it emerged that Starbucks had agreed to contribute £100,000 to Oxfam\’s rural development programme in the East Harare coffe growing region of Ethiopia. (Please see the Innovative Minds page dedicated to this at:

Starbucks\’ chair Howard Schultz is a pro-Zionist activist whose own activities include helping student projects in North America and Israel give presentations on the Israeli perspective of the Intifada. Starbucks has sponsored the bowl4isreal event in addition to supporting occupation troops in Afghanistan and Iraq. For further information, see

IHRC and Inminds would like to thank all campaigners and organisations who have struggled to ensure that Oxfam continues to adhere to the humanitarian values and principles which have guided it throughout its history. It is a sure sign that victory is achievable only when those struggling for justice stand united in their efforts for the common good.

IHRC requests all campaigners to contact Oxfam to show them your appreciation for what is a huge victory for common sense.

Barbara Stocking
Oxfam House
274 Banbury Road

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