starThe global coffee company Starbucks released a statement this week to clarify apparent misconceptions about the company’s patronage of Israel,Huffington Post reports. In a fact sheet updated August 5, Starbucks notes it does not support any political or religious causes, adding that neither Starbucks nor its CEO, Howard Schultz, provides any financial support to the Israeli government or Israeli military. “Rumors that Starbucks or Howard provides financial support to the Israeli government and/or the Israeli Army are unequivocally false. Starbucks is a publicly held company and as such, is required to disclose any corporate giving each year through a proxy statement,” the statement reads, according to Huffington Post. In Q-and-A format, the statement answers queries about Starbucks’ presence in the Middle East. One questions asks if it is true that Starbucks has ever sent any of its profits to the Israeli government or military. “No. This is absolutely untrue,” the company responds. More