Coca-Cola, who has been financially backing the Black Lives Matter movement for several years, seems to have quietly removed their support from their website in response to those associated with the movement expressing solidarity with Hamas.
Among those linked to the civil rights group, BLM Chicago and an organizer from Los Angeles have publicly expressed support for the Iranian-backed Palestinian terrorist group following its recent wave of violence, the Post Millennial reports.
On Friday, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz posted on X that he had caught the company "red-handed," posting two screenshots of its website, one of which included references to BLM, and an updated version which no longer features the movement.
On its website, Coca-Cola initially announced that Sprite, one of its brands, had contributed $500,000 to the Black Lives Matter Global Network with the intention of "support the group's voting education efforts and their February 2021 Black Future Month program."
"We're in this for the long haul," brand lead Aaliyah Shafiq noted. "Lasting change will not happen overnight, so we're committed to continuing to amplify the voices and efforts of our community, to listen and learn, and to actively help create a better shared future for America."
"Editing your website is not enough," Cruz said. "Americans DEMAND an apology."
Cruz's posts come after Hamas carried out attacks in Israel that saw the murder of over 1,400 Israelis.
BLM Chicago shared a picture of a paraglider flying with a Palestinian flag affixed to their parachute. The caption simply read, "That's all there is to it!"
An X Community Note was added to the post to add context of the post, noting that "The Palestinian terrorist group Hamas used armed gun men on Paragliders to enter a rave in Israel to kill over 260 innocent people partying. Previous to this incident, Palestinians were not know[n] for paragliding."
The post has since been removed, but the group remains its unwavering support for Palestine.
"For every corporate donor who sent millions to BLM—including Amazon, Apple, BlackRock & Bank of America—do you regret supporting such a virulently antisemitic organization?" Cruz asked on his podcast Wednesday, according to Fox News.
The organizer from Los Angeles, Dr. Melina Abdullah, said in her post that "we must stand unwaveringly on the side of the oppressed," adding, "when a people have been subject to decades of apartheid and unimaginable violence, their resistance must not be condemned, but understood as a desperate act of self-defense."