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Tell companies: stop investing in conflict

Thanks for signing the petition. Now follow the links below to call on companies to withdraw from investments and projects that fund conflict and violations of international law. Use the information in the boxes, and from the original email, add your personal words, and remember that being polite and hopeful is the best way to persuade.


New CEO Antony Jenkins wants to distance Barclays from scandals and refocus on ethical business. Our campaign has already got their attention! Their statement says they do not invest in 'unjustified aggression'. But Barclays holds shares on behalf of its clients in El-Bit, an Israeli defence company which provides drones and military systems that have been used during the bombing of Gaza. Write to Jenkins directly and post messages on social media calling on him to stop managing investments in El-Bit immediately:

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Email : ukcommunity@barclays.com and antony.jenkins@barclays.com

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has invested $1.2 billion in Caterpillar. Israel has used Caterpillar and other bulldozers in demolishing over 20,000 Palestinian homes and in constructing illegal settlements in occupied Palestine. After public pressure, the Foundation has just divested from G4S, a security company that helps run prisons in occupied Palestine. Let’s get Bill Gates to divest from Caterpillar until they comply with international law:

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Email : info@gatesfoundation.org

ABP invests in three of the biggest Israeli banks that finance activities in the Israeli settlements in Palestine. Our campaign has already got their attention! Their new statement says these banks do not violate international law. But the settlements have been pronounced illegal under international law, and threaten to make peace impossible. That’s also the position of the Dutch government. ABP should pull out. Write to the company Deputy Chairs, Cees de Veer and José Meijer, and leave a message on social media: FacebookComment on a Facebook post

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Email: cees.de.veer@abp.nl and jose.meijer@abp.nl


Hewlett-Packard provides surveillance equipment that controls the movement of Palestinians, and its subsidiaries work in illegal West Bank settlements. Presbyterian churches just divested from HP because of its engagement with the repressive occupation.

Let’s call on HP boss Meg Whitman to pull out:

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Email: meg.whitman@hp.com

Updates:

September 30:
Avaaz staff met with Barclays at its London HQ. The bank says the shares it holds in ElBit are held for clients who use its trading platforms, and that it cannot control what they buy on the stock exchange. We explained that Barclays' human rights obligations should cover all of the bank's business, and are continuing to press Barclays on this.

July 25:
Our campaign is working! Barclays have released a *new statement* responding to all of our messages claiming they are "not an investor" in Israeli defence company El-Bit because they merely hold shares in El-Bit on behalf of Barclays clients. How does managing investments in El-Bit for Barclays clients leave their claims to be an ethical company that "is not an investor the defence industry"? This hair-splitting won't let them off the hook -- let's ramp up our pressure until they stop managing all investments in this conflict.

July 23: 
The Gates Foundation has yet to respond to our campaign even though their Facebook and Twitter is being flooded by Avaaz members' comments. They already divested from G4S this year after public pressure -- let's keep it up and get another victory! 

July 22: 
We haven't heard a peep from HP yet. We know they are seeing our Facebook comments because they are replying to others, but they've yet to engage with Avaaz members on this issue.

July 21: 
After we saw our Facebook comments on ABP were being deleted we called them and now they are staying up, but reps for the company aren't yet responding directly to our campaign. Let's keep flooding their page and ramp up the pressure 

July 20: 
Barclays: We have another company's attention! Barclays has been posting a response to Avaaz members' comments on Facebook. Their  statement  says they do not invest in 'unjustified aggression'. But Barclays’ invests in El-Bit, an Israeli defence company which provides drones and military systems that have been used to bomb Gaza. 

July 20: 
ABP: Our campaign has got their attention! Their new  statement  says these banks do not violate international law. But the settlements have been pronounced illegal under international law, and threaten to make peace impossible. 


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