McDonald’s Pakistan has officially announced a donation of 10 million rupees, in collaboration with the Edhi Foundation, to provide support to the Palestinians in Gaza. The announcement was made through McDonald’s Pakistan’s official Twitter account.
It’s worth noting that McDonald’s had faced worldwide criticism recently for its perceived support of Israeli forces.
The official statement expressed the fast-food giant’s heartfelt commitment to aiding those affected by the tragic situation in Gaza.
In these trying times, our hearts go out to those affected by this tragic humanitarian crisis in Gaza. Understanding the immense challenges they are facing, McDonald’s Pakistan, under SIZA Foods (Pvt.) Ltd’s operation, is stepping forward to help. We are donating PKR 10 Million through the Edhi Foundation, hoping these funds will bolster the relief efforts and bring some solace to those affected.
The controversy began when McDonald’s Israel announced on its social media accounts that it had provided thousands of free meals to Israel Defense Forces personnel.
This move prompted disavowal from McDonald’s franchises around the world, highlighting the complex landscape that global corporations navigate when it comes to the political dynamics of the regions in which they operate.
In response to the public call to ban all McDonald’s outlets nationwide, the fast food chain in Pakistan clarified that they are “a wholly Pakistani entity,” explaining:
We wish to emphasize that McDonald’s Pakistan is a wholly Pakistani entity owned and managed by SIZA Foods (Pvt.) Ltd. We reject any claims questioning our Pakistani identity and remain committed to our nation and its people.
McDonald’s Pakistan’s generous contribution to the Edhi Foundation underscores the global restaurant chain’s commitment to supporting humanitarian causes and offering assistance to those in dire need during times of crisis.
The conflict in Gaza has resulted in a devastating toll, with at least 2,670 Palestinians killed, a quarter of them children, nearly 10,000 wounded, and around 1,000 people missing and believed to be buried under rubble.