KFC Becomes First U.S. Fast Food Chain To Enter Palestinian Territories

After nearly two decades of attempts by U.S. fast food titans like McDonald’s to open up outlets in the Palestinian territories, it was Colonel Sanders from Kentucky who finally was able to be the first when a KFC opened up in the city of Ramallah over the weekend.

According to the L.A. Times, the main reason that no such eateries had opened in the Palestinian territories was an alleged insistence by Israeli franchisees that any such outlets be acquired through them and not independently, which contradicts Palestinian Authority law requiring that franchisees in the territories deal directly with the parent company.

The owner of the new KFC admits to the Times that there are some Palestinian groups calling for a boycott of his store because of U.S. support for Israel.

“Why should people boycott our restaurant?” he asks. “Everything we use here is 100% Palestinian; the chicken is bought at a West Bank farm, and so is the bread, and the employees are all Palestinian and almost everything else we use in the restaurant, except the recipe, which comes straight from the U.S.”

And just like in the U.S., this new KFC will soon have a Pizza Hut franchise next door.

Being Curb Your Enthusiasm fans, there was no way we could post this story without the following clip:

American fried chicken comes to the Palestinian territories [L.A. Times]


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  1. axhandler1 says:

    Atta boy Yum! Way to focus on the growth of fast food chains in developing nations rather than in the US, where growth of fast food chains has stagnated. Good strategy on their part.

    • InsertPithyNicknameHere says:

      I have to agree – from a business standpoint, this is a very good move. I would guess a large part of the US has reached a saturation point as far as fast food restaurants go.

      • RandomHookup says:

        They’ve been doing this for a while. KFC’s been in China since 1987. I’ve heard comics joking about the place that gets burned down overseas when people are mad at the US is a KFC (see Pakistan in 2005, Indonesia 2009)

  2. Phil Keeps It Real [Consumerist] says:

    Combination Pizza Hut / Taco Bell ?

  3. Cat says:

    Death to America!

    لعنة، وهذا الدجاج هو لذيذ! (Damn, this chicken is delicious!)

    Perhaps we should reconsider our hatred of Americans…

  4. Quirk Sugarplum says:

    Yeah. Who’s the terrorists now, huh?

    Have some of the Colone’s secret blend of 11 herbs and spices – of death!

    • RecordStoreToughGuy_RidesTheWarpOfSpaceIntoTheWombOfNight says:

      I… am afraid the Famous Bowl will only make them want to kill us more but this time, out of pity, rather than malice.

  5. McRib wants to know if you've been saved by the Holy Clown says:

    Are we planning to kill them all by fattening them up first?

  6. Dallas_shopper says:

    I want to see this made into an episode of South Park.

    Cartman + KFC + PALESTINIANS? Come on. It’s comedy gold!

  7. dush says:

    The Pentaverate is on the move.

  8. c_c says:

    I wish there was a Palestinian chicken place in my neighborhood, that stuff looks tasty.

  9. Snowblind says:

    New US foreign policy:

    1. KFC
    2. ???
    3 World Peace!

  10. prezuiwf says:

    Colonel Sanders is in Palestine? Does this count as U.S. military intervention?

  11. gman863 says:

    Are you sure this isn’t a CIA-sponsored plan designed to turn Arabs into 300-pound sloths who are too fat to fight (like about 80% of the US population)?

  12. BradenR says:

    A little misleading “West Bank Farm” not owned by Palestinians but by settlers who have stolen the land. Palestinians may be hired but at sub standard wages. “ifamericaknew.org” a little more truthful. Yes we boycott all businesses who support Zionist terrorism and ethnic cleansing, over there and within the US borders.

  13. Peter V says:

    *Reads Title as “Palestinian Terrorists”* WHAAAT? I said to myself, *Reads Post* “Oh, I wonder if anyone else read it as terrorists” *Reads Quirk Sugarplum’s Comments* ROFTL.

  14. shthar says:

    They were the first ones to reopen in china after the tianamen square massacre too.

    Jus sayin…

  15. BradenR says:

    This could ruin the daily fun of Israeli snipers. The US plans to kill off the Palestinians before the snipers and settlers get their chance. Will the US then stop sending 8 million per day to Israel to buy the weaponry for the snipers?