Israel/Occupied Territories: NGOs urge BT to "disconnect" from Bezeq – say it provides telecom service to illegal Israeli settlements that "violate human rights of Palestinians"

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14 April 2011

BT’s response to Amos Trust’s rejoinder alleging BT’s complicity in Israel’s breaches of international law

Author: BT

Suggestions that BT activities in Israel make the company complicit in breaches of international law and human rights are ill-founded. We work in Israel to provide communications services to multinational companies. Much of that work is done in partnership with Israel’s major telecommunications company, Bezeq. Bezeq, is one of more than 100 “BT Alliance” partners globally. Each of these partners works with BT’s Global Services division to provide telecoms and IT services to multinationals. We are aware that some people want us to sever links with Bezeq. While respecting the strength with which some of these people have been expressing their views, we feel unable to comply with their wishes.

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Company non-response
30 March 2011

Bezeq did not respond to: NGOs say Bezeq provides telecom service to illegal Israeli settlements that "violate human rights of Palestinians".

Company response
22 March 2011

BT response regarding allegations of complicity with Israel’s breaches of international law and human rights

Author: BT

Bezeq International Ltd is one of more than 100 BT Alliance partners globally. Each of these partners works with BT’s Global Services division to provide telecoms and IT services to multinational companies. We are aware that some people want us to sever links with Bezeq. While respecting the strength with which some of these people have been expressing their views, we feel unable to comply with their wishes. BT continues to deliver services in 170 countries worldwide, believing that communication can be vital in enhancing prosperity, resolving conflict and bringing peoples closer together.

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1 March 2011

[DOC] BT’s complicity in Israel’s breaches of international law and human rights

Author: Amos Trust

In January 2010, Israeli telecommunications company Bezeq International officially joined the BT Alliance programme with “Gold Partner” status... Bezeq provides telecommunication services to Israeli settlements that have been built in violation of international law in the Occupied Palestinian Territories...Israeli settlements have been condemned as illegal by the UN Security Council and General Assembly, International Court of Justice, the European Union, the International Committee of the Red Cross, and the UK government...BT’s own internal business principles include specific commitments to ‘corporate sustainability’ and upholding human rights. BT say that all its relevant “policies and procedures” are based “on the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights”. [The Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited BT and Bezeq to respond to the allegations. BT response is below. Bezeq declined to respond]

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1 November 2010

Disconnect Now, BT – cut your ties to occupation

Author: A Just Peace for Palestine, War on Want, Jews for Justice for Palestinians, Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Israeli Committee Against House Demolition UK

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 to conduct its business according to high ethical standards, placing a commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility – as well as respect for human rights – at the heart of what it does. The settlements are not just illegal under international law – they violate the human rights of Palestinians living under military occupation. Settlements are also an obstacle to a just peace. [The Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited BT and Bezeq to respond to the allegations. BT response is below. Bezeq declined to respond]

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