Europcar reportedly shuts down Israeli branches in West Bank settlements

Author: Middle East Monitor, Published on: 2 July 2018

"Europcar divests from the Israeli occupation", 2 July 2018

European car rental giant Europcar has shut down its Israeli franchisee’s branches in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), reported American Friends Service Committee (AFSC). “After becoming a franchisee of Europcar, Israeli company Albar terminated its businesses in the occupied West Bank,” AFSC announced, adding: “Europcar thus joins other multinationals that have ended operations in illegal Israeli settlements” in the oPt. Albar, one of Israel’s leading car leasing and rental companies, signed an agreement last year to become the exclusive Europcar franchisee in Israel, a deal which went into effect in September 2017. According to Israeli research centre Who Profits, and AFSC’s own research, Albar had car rental branches in two illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank, Beitar Iliit and Modi’in Illit... AFSC observed that “the closure of these two branches represents a divestment of Europcar from the illegal settlement industry and the Israeli occupation as a whole”. “Europcar thus joins a growing list of other multinational corporations that have pulled out of the settlement industry in recent years – an emerging human rights norm for businesses”...

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