McDonald's Turkey donates $1 million to Palestinians while McDonald's Israel serves food to Israeli soldiers
McDonald's Turkey announced on Saturday that it will provide $1 million in humanitarian aid to the people of Gaza following the outcry among Turks over "McDonald’s Israel" distributing thousands of free meals to the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) daily.
The controversial information shared via social media platforms indicated that McDonald's Israel had been delivering 4,000 meal boxes every day to IDF soldiers. Additionally, the company extended a 50% discount to Israeli soldiers and other security personnel visiting McDonald’s restaurants.
The news of McDonald's Israel's meal donations to the IDF triggered strong reactions in Turkey, with many people expressing their dissatisfaction and calling for boycotts of the fast-food giant.
In response to the backlash in the country, McDonald's Turkey issued an official statement saying McDonald's Turkey operates as a locally-owned business. It underlined that there is no operational or organizational connection between McDonald’s Turkey and McDonald’s Israel.
The company further explained that McDonald's Israel operates independently and makes its own business and communication decisions.
Moreover, McDonald's Turkey pledged to provide $1 million in humanitarian aid to the war-affected people of Gaza, particularly focusing on women, children, and the elderly.