Cellcom Israel Ltd

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The largest Israeli cellular communications provider. It operates hundreds of antennas that serve illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian and Syrian territories.

Cellcom has 171 cellular antennas in the occupied West Bank, including in East Jerusalem, and 30 antennas in the occupied Golan Heights, according to Who Profits. Five of the antennas in the occupied West Bank are installed at Israeli military checkpoints.

The company is involved in Israel's illegal settlement enterprise beyond setting up infrastructure and providing communications services to settlements. According to Who Profits, Cellcom participated as an infrastructure and utility provider in projects to expand two illegal settlements; operates customer service and sales centers in illegal settlements; and partners with municipal councils of illegal settlements, whereby settlement authorities act as Cellcom agents and receive a percentage of the company's profits.

Like all Israeli communications providers, Cellcom gives the Israeli Security Agency ("Shin Bet") access to all the data of its unsers, including call metadata, device locations, internet browsing history, and more.

This company was included on the 2020 United Nations database of companies doing business in illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory.

Economic Activism Highlights
  • In March 2022, the Alma Mater Society, a student union at the university of British Columbia, passed a motion demanding that the university divest from nine companies complicit in human rights violations as part of the Israeli occupation of Palestine: Motorola Solutions Inc, General Mills Inc, Partner Communications LTD, Bezeq the Israeli Telecommunications Corporation, Cellcom Israel Ltd, Bank Hapoalim BM, Caterpillar, Hewlett Packard, and Lockheed Martin.
  • In July 2021, Norway's largest pension fund KLP announced that it would divest assets in 16 companies that "contribute[d] to violations of human rights in war and conflict situations through their affiliation with the Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank." The companies that KLP named include Alstom, Altice Europe, Ashtrom, Bank Hapoalim, Bank Leumi, Bank Mizrahi Tefahot, Bezeq, Cellcom, Delek, Electra, Energix Renewable Energies, First Interntional Bank of Israel, Israel Discount Bank, Motorola, Partner, and Paz Oil Company. KLP held investments totaling approximately $31.8 million in the companies at the time of its decision.
  • In November 2020, San Francsico State University's student government passed a resolution calling for the university to pull out of investments in companies that do business in Israeli settlements, referencing the 112 companies linked to the illegal settlements in Palestine as listed by the United Nations.
  • In October 2020, Fresno State University’s student government voted in favor of a divestment resolution calling for the university to divest from the 112 companies linked to the illegal settlements in Palestine, as listed by the United Nations.
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10 August 2022