USA - Wayne Rabbi: Congregant Receives Antisemitic Message on Starbucks Coffee Sleeve

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Pompton Lakes, NJ
- Rabbi Mayer Gurkov of the Chabad Center of Passaic County in Wayne received a call from a distraught member of his congregation. She called to tell him that she had found an antisemitic message written on the sleeve of her Starbucks coffee cup.

According to Gurkov, the incident occurred around 2:10 p.m. when the congregant (who wishes to remain anonymous) went to the Starbucks on Wanaque Avenue in Pompton Lakes. She used the drive through, picked up her coffee and drove away.

It wasn’t until later that she found this message written on her coffee sleeve: “From the river to the sea Palestine will be free!”

“This really isn’t a political statement,” said Rabbi Gurkov. “This is a chant that terrorist groups in the Middle East chant.”

“This chant is basically calling for another Jewish genocide,” he explained. “These terrorist groups who chant these feel that every single Jew should be completely removed from the land of Israel by annihilation or some other means. They are saying that the entire Jewish people need to be eradicated from the country. That’s what this chant means.”

TAPinto called Starbucks and spoke with Jory Mendes a Senior Manager of Corporate Communications. He said that the company takes a “zero tolerance stance on any customer being made to feel unwelcome.”

“We want everyone in our stores to embrace diversity and treat each other with dignity,” he added. “Serving as a welcoming place for all is core to who we are as a company.”

“Upon learning of the incident, we took immediate action to investigate, and we are working directly with this customer and their congregation to make this right,” said Mendes

Starbucks calls their employees ‘partners’ and the Senior Manager added that the incident was “the action of one partner who is no longer with the company.”