Thousands write to BT about complicity in occupation
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Thousands write to BT about complicity in occupation

Two weeks after the launch of Disconnect Now, thousands of people have emailed BT asking for an end to the company’s complicity in illegal Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. As BT ignores the human rights implications of their relationship with Bezeq International, activists are calling for people to phone BT and tell them to disconnect now.

A Just Peace for Palestine, along with campaign coalition members War on Want, Jews for Justice for Palestinians, and Palestine Solidarity Campaign, are yet to receive any formal response from BT to their letter calling for a meeting to discuss our concerns.

Members of the public who contacted BT via email have received a standard reply that while failing to address the main issue of the settlements and human rights, mentions that Palestinian telecommunications company Paltel has an arrangement with Bezeq.1 But in an official statement, Paltel have explained that “the Palestinian telecommunications sector is a captive sector in its own market and is forced into having operational relationships with Bezeq and other Israeli operators”.2

With BT refusing to address campaigners’ serious concerns, we are calling for people to phone BT over the next week.

* To call BT’s headquarters dial 020 7356 5000

* If you are a BT shareholder you can complain by calling 0808 100 4141

* If you are a BT customer dial 152 from your BT landline

Ben White, campaign coordinator for A Just Peace for Palestine, said: “With BT refusing to address how its complicity in Israel’s illegal settlements can be compatible with the company’s explicit commitments to human rights, we must keep the pressure up. As BT themselves have said, ‘Communication can be vital in helping to resolve conflict and disagreement’. So call BT today!”

1 https://disconnectnow.org/?p=142

2 https://disconnectnow.org/?p=145

Background:

In January 2010, BT welcomed Israeli company Bezeq International into its Global Alliance. Bezeq International is a wholly owned subsidiary of Bezeq, which provides telecommunication services to illegal Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. BT claims that it places a commitment to human rights at the heart of company policy.

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Media contact:

Ben White, Campaign coordinator, ‘A Just Peace for Palestine’

T: 02075882638

E: info@justpeaceforpalestine.org; W: https://www.justpeaceforpalestine.org

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