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June 3, 2015 2:04 pm

Report: Orange Mobile CEO Signals Support for Israel Boycott

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The CEO of mobile network Orange said he would cancel contract with Israel "tomorrow" if he could. [Illustrative Photo]

The CEO of mobile network Orange said he would cancel his company’s contract with Israel “tomorrow” if he could. Photo: Illustrative Photo.

The CEO of French mobile network giant Orange said he would cancel his company’s contract with Israel “tomorrow” if he could, Daily News Egypt reported on Wednesday.

“Believe me I would cancel the contract tomorrow if I could,” CEO Stephane Richard told the Daily News during a press conference, when asked about the company’s contract with Israel.

Partner Communications Company Ltd. is one of Israel’s largest mobile networks and operates under Orange’s name.

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Richard suggested that Orange’s agreement with Israel was “inherited” and therefore out of his control, according to the Daily News. The announcement came as the National Union of Students in the U.K. voted to adopt Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) measures against Israel.

Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely on Wednesday called the BDS movement “antisemitism in a new guise.”

According to reports, American billionaire and casino magnate Sheldon Adelson recently announced his intention to convene a private meeting at one of his Las Vegas properties to discuss ways to combat the spread of the BDS movement.

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  • Scott

    I hope all Israeli”s return the favor to the CEO of Orange and help him with his dream of leaving Israel. They can speed up his desire by moving to a different Internet and mobile phone carrier as soon as possible.

    If I were a client of Orange’s, which I will make certain never happens, I’d oblige him tomorrow.
    Hopefully, all Israelis will.

  • DanielShays

    “Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely on Wednesday called the BDS movement “antisemitism in a new guise.”

    Its actually antisemitism in its old guise.The French did not happily collaborate with Hitler by accident.

  • Bruno

    This will go down in business history as a “Ratner moment”. Why wait till tomorrow? Stop giving your custom to Orange today! Ratner was joking back in 1991, but his gaffe cost him his job and wiped off some £500 million off his company’s worth. This guy seems not to be joking, but all fair-thinking people who realise that BDS is one-sided, blind, unhearing and unthinking, will wish to ‘reward’ the speaker by henceforth desisting from using Orange’s products and services.

  • Malcolm

    Its time Israelis started boycotting foreign owned companies that do business and profit in Israel, bog mouthed anti Semitic louts like Stephane Richard need to be put back in their arrogant places, I am pretty sure this piece of Franco filth will get booted as soon as the company loses the mega millions in revenue where the Israelis to boycott or force Partner Communications Company Ltd. out of business.

  • Robert Weintraub

    American friends of Israel should pressure the US to use its considerable influence with the French government to come down hard on companies like Orange Mobile to stop their anti-Israel activities.

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