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Moto Sells Bomb Fuse Department!

April 3rd, 2009

Last week Motorola Israel, Ltd. sold its Government Electronics Department to Israeli military contractor Aeronautics Defense Systems.  This means that Motorola will no longer be selling bomb fuses to the Israeli military.  The first demand of our boycott has been met!

While this first victory is sweet, it's far from the end of Hang Up On Motorola!   Motorola Israel (which is wholly owned by Motorola USA) still produces a number of products that support Israel's military occupation and entrench its apartheid system in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem.  Support Hang Up On Motorola now and ensure that we will stay steadfast until Motorola stops profiting from Israel's human rights abuses and violations of international law.  Make a $30 or greater contribution and we'll send you a poster featuring Parachutes Falling, the winning design from our Expressions of Nakba art competition.  Make a $50 or greater donation and receive a DVD of Occupation 101.  Make a $100 or greater contribution and we'll send you both Parachutes Falling and Occupation 101.

What does this sale mean for Hang Up On Motorola?

1) We have Moto on the run - we can win this boycott!  The only stated motivation for this sale is that it "would enable Aeronautics to provide more comprehensive solutions to its customers" and, on its part, Motorola has declined to comment.  Of course, we expect Motorola will be reticent to admit that our pressure had anything to do with this sale.  Read more about how pressure from international boycott & divestment campaigns are affecting Israeli businesses here.  Click here to demand divestment from occupation - make a tax-deductible donation to this campaign now!

2) Motorola is still responsible for the damage that their products have done.  The "bomb family" that utilized Motorola fuses is responsible for the deaths of at least 28 civilians in Lebanon and Human Rights Watch recently found shrapnel with Motorola serial numbers on it at the site of a civilian building in Gaza bombed during Operation Cast Lead.

3) We must keep our pressure up!  Even after this sale, Moto still makes myriad products used by the Israeli military to continue its occupation and enforcement of apartheid. Motorola Israel has ongoing contracts with the Israeli military, both independently of and jointly with Aeronautics Defense Systems.  These contracts include military communications systems and surveillance systems for Israel's apartheid wall and illegal settlements.  Motorola Israel's subsidiary, MIRS, also makes mobile phones exclusively for Israeli settlers in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.  This sort of business reinforces norms of apartheid and cannot be tolerated.  Click here to organize the Hang Up On Motorola boycott in your area.

Photo Credit: Bud Korotzer
Our success so far is due to our supporters who have organized this campaign locally and who have sustained it by donating to our boycott & divestment work.  Help see this campaign through to the end by contributing today.  A $10 donation will fund a new Hang Up On Motorola organizer's campaign kit.  A $50 donation will pay for one internet advertisement to raise awareness of this campaign.  $200 will pay for a US campaign presence at the Motorola shareholder meeting in Chicago on May 4th.  $500 will sponsor a tour stop for our Fall 2009 boycott & divestment campus organizing tour.

Get more involved in organizing the Hang Up On Motorola boycott!
Sign up to get a Hang Up On Motorola campaign kit by clicking here.  Email the US Campaign's national organizer about demonstrating outside of the Motorola shareholder meeting by clicking here

In the News

Our first Motorola boycott victory has been making news, from business journals to the blogosphere. Check out some of the media coverage below:

  • Motorola Sells Israel Bomb Division as National Boycott Campaign Advances, Monthly Review, April 2, 2009
  • Motorola Sells Israel Bomb Division, USCABI, April 3, 2009
  • Motorola sells bomb fuse unit in Israel targeted by boycott, iStockAnalyst.com, April 5, 2009
  • Motorola sells bomb fuse department, Norman Finkelstein, April 5, 2009
  • Motorola sells bomb fuse unit, MENA Report, April 5, 2009
  • Motorola drops bomb fuse unit following boycott campaign, Electronic Intifada, April 5, 2009
  • Moto meets demand, The New Liberator, April 7, 2009
  • Motorola Boycott Organizers Claim Victory, Democracy Now!, April 7, 2009
  • Motorola to sell Israeli unit making bomb fuses, Associated Press, April 7, 2009