SodaStream Sponsors Ramadan Feast

RAHAT, Israel (AP) -
Entrance of the factory of SodaStream in the Israeli Bedouin city Rahat at the Negev desert, on February 18, 2019. (GIL COHEN-MAGEN/AFP/Getty Images)

SodaStream hosted nearly 3,000 Israelis and Palestinians for a Ramadan iftar meal at its factory in the southern Israeli town of Rahat.

Bedouins and Jewish Israelis and some Palestinians attended the feast on Monday along with U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman.

Friedman wrote on Twitter that he had “the pure joy” to attend, touting SodaStream as a paragon of peace: “Muslims, Druze, Christians and Jews working together, each making the other better, happier and more prosperous.”

SodaStream, manufacturer of fizzy drink-machines and other bubbly products, shut its factory in Yehudah and Shomron in 2015 amid boycott calls and opened a new facility in the predominantly Bedouin town of Rahat. PepsiCo bought SodaStream last year for $3.2 billion.