European campaign to boycott Israeli phone companies in West Bank 6Mar13 March 6, 2013

Palestine News Network    -    5 March 2013

boycott_23082012_340_220Monday 4th March, Palestinian official news agency WAFA reported that labor Unions of France, Ireland, Britain, Italy, and Sweden signed an agreement to boycott illegal Israeli settlements’ products, including telecommunication services in the west Bank, according to a statement by the union.

The agreement, which was signed following a conference organized by the Association France Palestine Solidarity (AFPS) in Paris, discussed the Israeli settlement activities and their effect on economic, political and social life in Palestine.

Telecommunications and Information Technology Minister Safa’ Naser Addin, who attended the conference, spoke of the economic consequences of the settlement activities and called on world unions to support this campaign, which opposes a France Telecom- Orange agreement.

Naseruddin said the telecommunication sector’s losses amount to $150 million as a result to five Israeli companies illegally operating in the Palestinian Territory, preventing entry of advanced technology and crippling infrastructure.

The campaign aims to pressure France Telecom into not renewing its contract with the Israeli company, which provides services to settlements and supports occupation of Palestine.

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