IL -- As Motorola's board scrambles to explain to shareholders
why sales have plummeted 28%, shareholders will be forced to ask if
they can afford to remain a boycott target for human rights groups.
Motorola's annual shareholder meeting will be held today, May 4, from
4-6 pm at the Rosemont Theater in Chicago, IL. Human rights advocates
will educate shareholders about their complicity in human rights
violations as they arrive at the meeting. Inside the meeting,
concerned shareholders led by representatives of the Presbyterian and
United Methodist churches will urge an affirmative vote on Proposal 9,
a shareholder resolution calling for Motorola to explicitly adhere to
principles of international law when doing business in Israel and
around the world.
The demonstration outside of the meeting is organized in part by member groups of the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation as part of their Hang Up On Motorola
campaign. Hang Up on Motorola is a national call to boycott Motorola
until the company ends sales of communications and surveillance
equipment to the Israeli military and Israeli settlements. All Israeli
settlements are illegal under international law. Motorola's material
support perpetuates and legitimizes Israel's 42-year military
occupation and colonization of Palestinian land.
"The Israeli military has an established pattern of using Motorola
products and services to violate the Geneva Conventions and rulings of
the International Court of Justice," said Katherine Fuchs, National
Organizer for the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation.
"Shareholder proposal 9 is an important step in the process of holding
Motorola accountable to standards of international law. We will
continue our boycott until Motorola ends its support for the Israeli
military occupation and illegal Jewish-only settlements. With
Motorola's profits falling, the company can't afford to ignore the
thousands of people who have pledged to boycott the company until it
ends its profiteering off of occupation."
The Motorola boycott is part of a larger effort to promote
accountability for corporations profiting from Israel's military
occupation. Students, community groups, and religious communities have
joined forces to pressure companies, such as Motorola, Caterpillar, and
Veolia, using the tools of boycott and divestment. Motorola boycott
organizers have recently been energized by Motorola's April 1st decision to sell its Israel-based Government Electronic Division (GED),
which produces bomb fuzes for the Israeli military. Although this sale
met the first demand of the boycott-that Motorola stop producing bomb
fuzes-the US Campaign and its member organizations plan to continue
pressuring Motorola by organizing boycott and divestment efforts in
cities, campuses, and churches across the country.
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The US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation is a national coalition
of more than 280 organizations working to change U.S. policy toward
Israel/Palestine to support human rights, international law, and
equality for all Israelis and Palestinians. For more information about
the US Campaign, please click here.