Orange aims to end ties with Israeli operator: chairman

Stephane Richard

Stephane Richard

The chairman of Orange said Wednesday the French telecoms group aims to end its ties with Israel operator Partner, which has been criticised for its activities in the Palestinian territories.

At the end of May, five non-governmental organisations and two unions in France asked Orange to state publicly its willingness to sever its ties with Partner and denounce “attacks on human rights” they said the Israeli company had carried out.

They say Partner Communications Co has a licence from Orange to use its brand.

The report claims that Partner, operating in Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank, was contributing to their economic viability and contributing to perpetuating a situation considered illegal by the international community.

When asked about this on Wednesday, Orange’s Stephane Richard said in Cairo that “our intention is to withdraw from Israel. It will take time” but “for sure we will do it”.

“I am ready to do this tomorrow morning… but without exposing Orange to huge risks.”

Orange has previously said it inherited the contract with Partner, in which it holds no shares or voting rights, and that it has no influence over the Israeli firm’s management and strategies.

Richard was speaking at a news conference held in connection with a visit to Orange’s nearly wholly owned Mobinil unit in Egypt.

 

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6 Comments
  • Prince T

    orange’s funeral

    • New Nigerian

      why? and how?

      • Prince T

        If they dump God’s chosen people, the company will go down. Don’t ask me how. What I said is figure of speech by the way.

      • Prince T

        I had to look for you and respond to you again. have read that the head of orange had to personally travel to israel to apologise to netanyahu in person. if you google it, you will see that the ambassador of israel to france refused to see and that was why had to go to netanyahu himself.
        you see that i was right. that would have been the beginning of the end for orange. you cannot fight the blessed of the Lord and prosper. bye bye my friend

  • Soblessed

    Orange? Serious miscalculations.

    • Prince T

      I had to look for you and respond to you again. have read that the head of orange had to personally travel to israel to apologise to netanyahu in person. if you google it, you will see that the ambassador of israel to france refused to see and that was why had to go to netanyahu himself.
      you see that i was right. that would have been the beginning of the end for orange. you cannot fight the blessed of the Lord and prosper.

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