Last update - 22:35 23/07/2009
New Yorkers call for boycott of Motorola over dealings with IDF
By Grace Wermenbol
Protesters in the
At the demonstration, which was organized by the
The group also wrote songs and conducted street theater to draw the attention of passersby.
The organization's spokesperson, Aaron Levitt, told Haaretz this week that over 300 people have signed a petition for a boycott of Motorola after just four events in
"Every time we go out to flyer, we meet many people who express support for the campaign and even sign our pledge to boycott Motorola," said Levitt. His organization has more events planned for the coming month.
In June 2007, the
Motorola has been active in Israel since 1964; it currently provides the IDF with a cellular network through a subsidiary, MIRS.
MIRS provided the IDF with a military-encrypted cellular communication system, nicknamed "Mountain Rose," which is worth $100 million and was especially constructed for field conditions.
The company's radar detectors' and surveillance systems have been reportedly installed in
The department responsible for installing these systems was sold in April 2009 to an Israeli company, Aeronautics Defense Systems, after Motorola had come under fire from several groups in the
Motorola spokesman Rusty Brashear said the sale of the unit was not triggered by the protests, but because "it primarily doesn't fit in our portfolio."
The groups the
Motorola was previously boycotted due to its support for the apartheid regime in
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