2011, the French telecommunications company Orange
renewed its licensing contract with the Israeli telecommunications
This contract gives Partner,
in return for the payment of royalties, the right to operate under
brand name in Israel, as well as in the Israeli settlements in
Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Golan, in violation of international
which has thus become “Orange Israel”, sells its services to the
settlers and the Israeli army, and consequently:
contributes to the economic viability of the colonial settlements.
- It profits from a Palestinian captive market under military
communication towers and technical installations in
occupied Palestine (176 sites in 2011), whereas Palestinian
telecommunications companies are forbidden from doing so. Therefore
it is not only stealing the
Palestinian market from those Palestinian companies, but is also
stealing from the Palestinian people to whom it pays no taxes in
exchange for its illegal economic activities conducted in Palestine.
through its licensing contract with Partner,
is colluding in the violations that are carried out under its name
and is gaining a direct financial profit from the colonisation.
- It sponsored and provided services to two Israeli combat units,
through the “Adopt a Soldier” programme, during the military
attack on the Gaza Strip in the summer of 2014, an attack which
resulted in the deaths of over 2,200 Palestinians.
is present in many countries worldwide. In
Egypt, it owns a 98.92% stake in Mobinil,
with over 30
million users, more users than Orange has in France.
- Orange officials risk
legal repercussions by
violating international law, and could be accused of complicity in
war crimes before the International Criminal Court.
- Orange officials
are taking economic
the international development of the group.
For example, theFrench company Veolia
has been excluded from bidding for contracts around the world that
are worth billions of dollars, due to its construction of the Israeli
tram line which serves East-Jerusalem illegal settlements.
- Orange officials,
despite the warning issued by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs
regarding the reputational
associated with economic activities carried out in occupied
Palestine, persist in risking their brand's image by pursuing
activities with the longest and one of the most violent illegal
colonisations on the planet.
does not end its shameful partnership with Partner
many will prefer to take their custom elsewhere.
must be careful not to profit from a situation that goes against
justice and the rule of law.
We therefore demand:
- that Orange
terminate its contract with Partner
- that Mobinil,
in which Orange
has a 98.92% stake, and the State of France, which owns 25% of the
capital of Orange,
take their responsibilitiesand
decision-makers to terminate this contract.
will continue to take action as long as this disgraceful contract is
not terminated and we call upon the citizens of the world to
do the same.
petition is a joint initiative of the BDS France Campaign and the
Egyptian Popular Campaign for the Boycott of Israel (BDS Egypt)
Posted: 22 May 2015 (Updated: 30 November 2015)