Pales­tini­ans call for ‘Pizza Hut’ boy­cott

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TEL AVIV: 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 shows 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 spokesman for Pizza Hut In­ter­na­tional apol­o­gised for the post.

Hun­dreds of Pales­tinian pris­on­ers in Is­raeli jails are cur­rently on hunger strike over their con­di­tions. AFP to be el­i­gi­ble for surgery, he had to lose a large amount of his ini­tial bulk. He also had to get his di­a­betes and blood pres­sure un­der con­trol.

The op­er­a­tion was given the green light when doc­tors said they were pleased with his steady progress and mo­ti­va­tion, which marked a change for Franco, who had spent years in bed.

When the sec­ond pro­ce­dure is done, likely in Novem­ber, Franco’s stom­ach size will be re­duced and his in­testines mod­i­fied. AFP

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Juan Pe­dro Franco had gas­tric by­pass surgery on Tues­day.

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