It’s fair to say that everything is, in fact, political. After President Trump’s controversial announcement to accept Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, social media groups in Saudi Arabia are fighting back. These groups are urging people to boycott American restaurant brands in an effort to hurt the US economically.
The hashtag #boycottAmericanrestaurants was trending on Twitter and encouraged people not to visit any American chains such as Starbucks, McDonald’s, Burger King and Pizza Hut.
I call on the Arab nation and the Islamic world and all the honorable and faithful in the world to boycott US goods, restaurants, food and beverages. It is the weakest faith to respond to the unjust American decision to declare Jerusalem as the capital of Israel
— Bashir Alkenany (@BAlkenany) 8 December 2017
Interesting to see this trending in Saudi Arabia "Boycott American restaurants". Includes chains like Pizza Hut, Burger King, Mc Donalds etc #قاطعوا_المطاعم_الامريكيه
— Marc Owen Jones (@marcowenjones) 12 December 2017
According to a translation from The New Arab, one tweet read, “Participate in the boycott of American goods, you could have a direct effect on the American economy. The role of the people is greater [than that of governments].”
— Tenebrarius Insolite (@_Insolite) 11 December 2017
Twitter user @_insolite shared a link which seemed to prove that a boycott of American brands had made a dent in the past. More power to the people.