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Israel - SodaStream Extends Offer Of 1,000 Jobs To Syrian Refugees At Its New Plant In Rahat

Published on: September 22, 2015 11:25 AM
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FILE -  A Palestinian worker inspects the metal carbonation tanks in the Soda Stream factory in Mishor Adumim, an industrial area nearby the sprawling Jewish West Bank settlement of Ma'ale Adumim, 02 February 2014. EPAFILE -  A Palestinian worker inspects the metal carbonation tanks in the Soda Stream factory in Mishor Adumim, an industrial area nearby the sprawling Jewish West Bank settlement of Ma'ale Adumim, 02 February 2014. EPA

Israel - Following a year in which the company was ultimately forced to move from its West Bank location due to pressure from the group Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS), SodaStream International has announced it is willing to provide jobs for 1,000 Syrian refugees at its new plant in Rahat.

YNETNEWS.com (http://bit.ly/1FZZVPG) reports that in a press release SodaStream said it “can absorb 1,000 individuals, or up to 200 families, and provide them with an opportunity to build a new life in Israel, pending Israeli authorities’ approval.”

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With the likelihood of such a deal coming to fruition due to the fact that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has, to date, rejected all proposals involving Israel taking in refugees—-some financial insiders are calling SodaStream’s offer more promotional than altruistic.

On Sunday, the daily business newspaper Calcalist wrote, “It’s hard not to see this plan as part of the company’s efforts to improve its image.”

In response, SodaStream CEO Daniel Birnbaum issued a statement, saying, “As the son of a Holocaust survivor, I refuse to stand by and observe this human tragedy unfold right across the border in Syria.”


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 Sep 22, 2015 at 11:49 AM HankM Says:

Why would they want to take in 1000 potential suicide bombers?

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 Sep 22, 2015 at 05:00 PM Anonymous Says:

Is every Israeli citizen employed that they are giving out jobs to foreigners? And let's not worry about the Muslims as long as there are wealthy Muslim states that can take care of their own, Why should tiny Israel exasperate their Muslim problem?

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 Sep 23, 2015 at 04:57 PM anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Is every Israeli citizen employed that they are giving out jobs to foreigners? And let's not worry about the Muslims as long as there are wealthy Muslim states that can take care of their own, Why should tiny Israel exasperate their Muslim problem?

Zionist policy is to make a good impression to the world even if it harms Israel, even if, like Hank #1 says, they can be potential suicide bombers and even if thousands of Israeli citizens are unemployed. This is typical Galus mentalitiy of the secular.

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 Sep 24, 2015 at 03:52 PM yankee96 Says:

Is Birnbaum meshugah?

give these jobs to Israelis not foreigners/terrorists !!

This is stupid PR for him!!

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