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May, 12 2017

Pizza Hut in Israel, accused of mocking hunger striking prisoners

Palestinians called for a boycott of Pizza Hut on Tuesday after the company's franchise in Israel was accused of mocking hunger-striking prisoners.

Palestinians called for a boycott of Pizza Hut on Tuesday after the company's franchise in Israel was accused of mocking hunger-striking prisoners.

The franchise's Facebook page was said to have shared an image released by Israeli police which appears to show Palestinian hunger-strike leader Marwan Barghouti secretly breaking his fast.

"Barghouti, if you are going to break your (hunger) strike, isn't pizza the better choice?" a screenshot of the post said, with a pizza box seemingly photoshopped into the picture.

The image was later removed from the Facebook page, though it was still found on the page of at least one local branch.

A spokeswoman for Pizza Hut International said, "It was completely inappropriate and does not reflect the values of our brand."

She added, "The local franchisee in the country removed it. We truly regret any hurt this may have caused."

Hundreds of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails are currently on hunger strike over their conditions.

The post sparked fury on Palestinian social media, including calls to boycott the chain.

Alaa Abu Diab, wrote on Facebook, "Pizza Hut is ridiculing the prisoners' strike," and used the hashtag #boycott_pizzahut.

The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which calls for boycotting Israel until it ends the occupation of Palestinian territories, said it supported calls to snub Pizza Hut.

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