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For Immediate Release: May 4th, 2009

Motorola Shareholder Meeting Today: Human Rights or More Boycott?

Chicago, 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.