Thursday, June 4, 2015

France: Telecom giant Orange plans to cut ties with Israel, CEO says

Via Jerusalem Post:
The chief executive of a major European cell phone company said on Wednesday that he would gladly cut ties with Israel “tomorrow” if it wasn’t so financially prohibitive.

French telecom operator Orange Chairman and CEO Stephane Richard told reporters in Cairo that his company wished to distance itself from its role in facilitating Israel’s rule over the Palestinian territories.

Orange, which has an affiliate agreement with the Israeli firm Partner, is one of Israel’s largest cellular service providers.

Human rights organizations in France have been pressuring Orange to cease its business operations in Israel in protest of Jerusalem’s policies in the West Bank.

“Believe me I would cancel the contract tomorrow if I could,” Richard said. His comments were reported by the Daily News Egypt.  more

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