domingo, 15 de julho de 2012
Barclays Bank have along history of profiting from suffering and war, and
most people will be aware of their involvement in apartheid South Africa
in the 70's and 80's. Today the bank profits from Israel's apartheid system in Palestine.
Barclays is the only major British high street bank with significant investments in Israel, holding shares in 8 Israeli companies: Tower Semiconductor, Gilat Satellite Networks, Ceregon Networks Ltd, Ituran
Location and Control Limited, Radware Ltd, Ezchip Semiconductor Ltd, Mellanox Technologies Ltd and Teva. They also invest invests in a number
of companies linked to Israel's settlements: Unilever,which owns Beigel&Beigel, a company based in Barkan settlement industrial zone;
France Telecom, which owns the Orange brandname (Orange's franchisee,
Partner Communications, owns mobile phone antennas in the settlements);
G4S, which provides services to Israeli and West Bank prisons and police stations; Motorola which supplies security equipment and communications
equipment to the Israeli army, settlements and for use in the apartheid wall; and F&C Reit, owner of settlement real estate through British Israel Investments. The bank also owns shares in Tesco and Sainsbury, High Street
stores that sell settlement produce in the UK.
Barclays is also the largest global investor in the arms trade and holds shares in several companies supplying arms to Israel: Smiths, Rolls Royce, Meggit, Raytheon, BAE, Chemring and Ultra Electronics. Barclays provides
market maker services to ITT Exelis, the mother company of Brighton's local arms company EDO, on the NYSE.
Barclays eventually pulled out of apartheid South Africa in 1986, after years of consumer pressure.
Now is the time to stop profiteering from Israeli apartheid.