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Palestinians Call for Boycott After Pizza Hut Mocks Prison Hunger Strike Leader

Palestinians Call for Boycott After Pizza Hut Mocks Prison Hunger Strike Leader”

The franchise had included in the condemned Facebook post a screenshot taken from a footage released by the Israeli prison, claiming that the leader of the strike Marwan Barghouthi was eating secretly in the cell.

The protesting prisoners have issued a list of demands including better medical services, family visits and more dignified detention conditions.

"A video released by the Israel Prison Service (IPS) shows security camera recordings of Barghouti eating cookies and salted snacks in the toilet stall of his prison cell during the hunger strike".

"It is about advancing Marwan Barghouti's political ambitions to replace Abu Mazen (Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas)".

"These measures to break the morale of prisoners show Israel's failure", she said.

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Barghouti, a leader of the Fatah movement, has seen his popularity grow among Palestinians since he was convicted of murder over the killing of Israelis during the second intifada and sentenced in 2004 to five life terms.

In a public apology posted to its worldwide Facebook page, Pizza Hut apologised for the "completely inappropriate" advertisement and said that it "does not reflect the values of our brand".

Protesters hold up portraits of Palestinian leader and prominent prisoner Marwan Barghouti in front of a statue of Nelson Mandela in the West Bank city of Ramallah on May 3, 2017, during a demonstration in support of Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike in Israeli jails.

The post was taken down from their Hebrew Facebook page. It was completely inappropriate and does not reflect the values of our brand.

"The local franchisee in the country removed it", she added.

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In response to the ad, a large number of Palestinians called for a boycott of the pizza chain on social media.

An image shared by Palestinians on Facebook to promote the boycott of Pizza Hut for its alleged Facebook post, with imagery of a prisoner and an Israeli watchtower emblazoned on the chain's famous logo.

Others shamed the company for attempting to capitalise on a hunger strike aimed at garnering dignity for Palestinian prisoners.

Israeli authorities have detained approximately one million Palestinians since the establishment of the usurper regime of Israel in 1948 and the subsequent occupation of the West Bank, East al-Quds, and the Gaza Strip in 1967, according to a joint statement released on Saturday by Palestinian organizations.

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