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MaxBrenner
06-12-2011, 04:05 PM
Protesters target Max Brenner cafe (http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/protesters-target-max-brenner-cafe-20110826-1jeec.html)

Protesters target Max Brenner cafe

It may be a popular haven for chocolate lovers but the Max Brenner store at Brisbane’s South Bank will also attract anti-Israel protesters today.

A Queensland senator last night branded a planned rally outside the Israeli company-owned chocolate cafe as “absolutely ridiculous”.

The Socialist Alternative and the Justice for Palestine groups are among those urging protesters to march to the store at 1pm, highlighting the parent company’s support for the Israel military which campaigners accuse of human rights abuses.

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South Bank's Max Brenner store. Photo: Michelle Smith
The website of the Socialist Alternative promotes the Max Brenner protest with the title: “Boycott Apartheid Israel! Boycott Max Brenner!”

Queensland Liberal National Party Senator Ron Boswell said Max Brenner was a popular and “legitimate business” that should not be targeted in this way.

“I think it’s absolutely outrageous,” he told brisbanetimes.com.au.

“I don’t mind if people don’t want to buy Max Brenner chocolates but there shouldn’t be pickets and intimidation and rallies to stop people [visiting freely].

“I think people that are trying to hit it with a boycott and picketing it, particularly a Jewish business, reminds me of some of the things that happened in the early 1930s.”

The Socialist Alternative could not be reached for comment yesterday. A phone number listed on the website was not working and an email to the Brisbane office went unanswered yesterday.

However, the Socialist Alternative website says protesters will target Max Brenner Chocolates because it is owned by the Israeli-based Strauss Group.

It says the corporate responsibility section of Strauss Group’s website – since amended – pledged the company’s support to the Israeli army, including providing soldiers with food for training and missions.

Socialist Alternative says the company has supported a platoon “infamous for its involvement in the 2006 invasion of Lebanon and other atrocities”.

In a statement issued earlier this week, Justice for Palestine activist Kathy Newnam said the international Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement aimed to bring an end to occupation of Arab lands.

“When people know the truth then they will support the BDS Movement, just as people in Australia supported the boycotts and sanctions against apartheid South Africa,” she said, backing the Max Brenner protest.

Senator Boswell, who spoke about the boycotts issue in Federal Parliament this week, said the protest was driven by the “super-left”.

He said anyone wishing to protest on the issue should do so outside the Israeli embassy.

“But don’t pick on someone that comes to a chocolate shop; seriously, that’s petty,” he said.

Max Brenner Australia’s media relations company was contacted for comment, but did not provide a response.

The Brisbane store opened late last year.

It is understood a Brisbane conservative student leader is organising a counter-protest in support of Max Brenner today.

It is not the first time Max Brenner’s chocolate cafes have been targeted by protesters complaining about Israel’s human rights abuses.

A protest outside a Max Brenner store in Melbourne last month reportedly led to up 19 arrests and three police officer injuries.

The Victorian Government asked the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission to examine whether the protest breached federal laws, causing “substantial loss or damage” to the Max Brenner business.

Proponents of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign against Israel say it is designed to make a legitimate political point about human rights.

But the issue has caused tensions within the Australian Greens.

New NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon supports the campaign but Federal Greens leader Bob Brown says the federal party does not officially back it.

Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd last month sat down for a coffee at Max Brenner Melbourne to voice his opposition to the boycott.

“As an individual citizen - that is me, K. Rudd - I am here because I object to the boycotting of Jewish businesses,” he said at the time.

jzpowahz
06-12-2011, 04:21 PM
chocolate > religion...

wingman
06-12-2011, 04:35 PM
Religions should be banned, they cause too many problems

MaxBrenner
06-12-2011, 04:40 PM
chocolate > religion...
Fucking AMEN :D

MaxBrenner
06-12-2011, 04:41 PM
Jewish protesters, shit we are not still in the stone ages!

walt
06-12-2011, 05:07 PM
come at them Max bro

MaxBrenner
06-12-2011, 05:14 PM
May their 'god' help them if I'm sitting in there eating a Chocolate, Peanut-butter and Banana crape' and they start that shit!

dave
06-12-2011, 08:22 PM
Jewish protesters, shit we are not still in the stone ages!

I am boycotting you Max. You are a zionist supporter and an oppressor of Palestine.

Burn in hell you evil bastard.


p.s. please leave me a life time supply of.chocolate first. Thank you.

kaz
06-12-2011, 09:23 PM
Someone say chocolate...?

MaxBrenner
06-12-2011, 09:45 PM
I'm leaving all the chocolate for deep.....

dave
06-12-2011, 09:53 PM
I'm leaving all the chocolate for deep.....

You really are evil!!!

IRON TANKS
06-12-2011, 10:18 PM
Religion at it again. Secular society for the win.

Figjam Brah
07-12-2011, 12:27 AM
You think this is a fucking joke! Ignorant wankers!

Chocolate factories have funded every war thus far on this planet. Willy Wonka is the single most powerful and influential man on this planet. When we explore the galaxay I have no doubt we will find entire races, entire civilizations wiped out because of chocolate.

and what are you all doing, sitting at your bloody computers and making jokes about it!1!1!1!1!1!!!11!!

And what are all you

dave
07-12-2011, 08:17 AM
In 1914 Cadbury attempted a hostile takeover of Nestle and look at what occurred... world war 1.

MaxBrenner
07-12-2011, 10:16 AM
You really are evil!!!Yeah so don't fuck with me sir.... :D

MaxBrenner
07-12-2011, 10:17 AM
In 1914 Cadbury attempted a hostile takeover of Nestle and look at what occurred... world war 1.

Yeah look how that turned out, Nestle acquired Musashi......

jzpowahz
07-12-2011, 12:31 PM
May their 'god' help them if I'm sitting in there eating a Chocolate, Peanut-butter and Banana crape' and they start that shit!

priorities!

Now I want some choc/pb/banana ice cream.

MaxBrenner
07-12-2011, 12:39 PM
priorities!

Now I want some choc/pb/banana ice cream.Get your ass to MB now!

Christian
07-12-2011, 01:10 PM
Religion at it again. Secular society for the win.

Religion doesnt anoy/killharass people, fuck wits do

Gunner
07-12-2011, 01:12 PM
Get your ass to MB now!

I'm just across the river.

MaxBrenner
07-12-2011, 01:20 PM
I'm just across the river.

Lucky you, bastard LOL

FYI, I (seriously) live 5 minutes from my local MB!!!

Gunner
07-12-2011, 01:30 PM
Lucky you, bastard LOL

FYI, I (seriously) live 5 minutes from my local MB!!!

I bet you have a VIP card your there that much

MaxBrenner
07-12-2011, 01:46 PM
How did you know (my wife has one and so do I)? LOL

Funny you say that, now thinking about it, I've got VIP cards at a few Ice-Cream, chocolate and restaurants....Maybe I eat too much :D

Gunner
07-12-2011, 01:49 PM
My wife been trying to hit me up for some Cold Rock the last few nights. I keep falling asleep but have been hanging for some peanut butter brittle and hazelnut ice cream.

MaxBrenner
07-12-2011, 02:08 PM
Damn that sounds really good mate. Have you tried the Baskin's Chocolate-Peanut butter ice-cream? Amazing with massive pieces of peanut-butter through it!

Gunner
07-12-2011, 02:10 PM
I'll check it out

Gunner
07-12-2011, 02:13 PM
I love the Baskin & Robbins Orange Sherbert ice cream

MaxBrenner
07-12-2011, 02:17 PM
Thank fuck I've just finished my fast after all this talk....:D

jzpowahz
07-12-2011, 02:22 PM
same :)

No MB's near me. There is a san churro which is pretty damn good though.

IRON TANKS
07-12-2011, 02:30 PM
Religion doesnt anoy/killharass people, fuck wits do


Each to their own.. but.

Edit.. to prevent the zealots from coming out!

MaxBrenner
07-12-2011, 02:50 PM
Can we not turn this into a religious war in it's self.

I just want my chocolate and no bastard disturbing that! :)

MaxBrenner
07-12-2011, 02:54 PM
same :)

No MB's near me. There is a san churro which is pretty damn good though.

Relocate....:D

IRON TANKS
07-12-2011, 04:34 PM
Can we not turn this into a religious war in it's self.

I just want my chocolate and no bastard disturbing that! :)

Edited my post, i've seen many of these transpire. Best not to feed the trolls!

MaxBrenner
07-12-2011, 04:55 PM
Edited my post, i've seen many of these transpire. Best not to feed the trolls!You didn't need to do that :)

I just found it a 'funny' correlation if you get what I'm saying :p

Christian
07-12-2011, 05:05 PM
Each to their own.. but.

Edit.. to prevent the zealots from coming out!

Seriously...

People have choices and freedom to CHOOSE what they do.. Chosing to follow a load of crap is their decision as well as chosing not to.

Now in a developed country like Australia with access to information and semi freedom of speach then it is the individuals choice as to how they live their life what they believe and the consequences of doing stupid shit and blaming it on religion.

IRON TANKS
07-12-2011, 06:31 PM
Seriously...

People have choices and freedom to CHOOSE what they do.. Chosing to follow a load of crap is their decision as well as chosing not to.

Now in a developed country like Australia with access to information and semi freedom of speach then it is the individuals choice as to how they live their life what they believe and the consequences of doing stupid shit and blaming it on religion.


I think you're getting confused. I never said anything about imposing on free speech. I said the opposite, in fact.


This is what secularism is. "Free from religious rule......."
Secularism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Secularism)