GROUP SLAMS BT’S “COMPLICITY IN SEVERE BREACHES OF INTERNATIONAL LAW”
ON ANNIVERSARY OF DEAL WITH BEZEQ, WARNING THAT BT’S REPUTATION AT RISK
Israeli activists this Tuesday 18 January called on UK telecommunications giant BT to “live up” to the company’s “professed ethical standards” and “cut all ties with Israel’s occupation” by severing links with Israeli company Bezeq.
On the one year anniversary of BT accepting Bezeq into its exclusive ‘Global Alliance’, Israeli citizens from ‘Boycott From Within’ said they were “saddened and dismayed” at BT’s relationship with a company deeply involved in illegal settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.
“We, Israeli citizens devoted to the promotion of a just peace and a true democracy in the Middle East”, the letter begins, “are deeply concerned about the potentially irreversible damage inflicted on Palestinians by the brutal Israeli occupation, and about the outrageous international support of such policies.”
The Israeli group, who support the Palestinian call for global pressure on companies who are complicit in Israel’s breaches of international law, point out that BT’s “wilful blindness to Israeli crimes” could “put the company’s high-regard in the international community at risk”.
In January 2010, BT welcomed Israeli company Bezeq International into its Global Alliance, granting the latter substantial benefits – even though Bezeq provides services to Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. The settlements are illegal under international law, violate the human rights of Palestinians living under military occupation, and are an obstacle to a just peace.
A Just Peace for Palestine, with War on Want, Jews for Justice for Palestinians, Palestine Solidarity Campaign, and Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions UK, are calling for BT to sever its ties with Bezeq International and end its complicity in severe breaches of international law and the violation of human rights.
Since the launch of ‘Disconnect Now’ in November, thousands of people have contacted BT, yet the company continues to ignore the human rights implications of its relationship with Bezeq International.