Int’l boycott threats and intimidation from BDS activist forced SodaStream to relocate its major factory from an Israeli community beyond the Green Line to the Negev in southern Israel, resulting in over 500 Palestinian workers leaving the company.
By News Agencies & Israel Hayom Staff
Hundreds of Palestinian workers are now unemployed after the factory where they worked, in an Israeli community beyond the Green Line, was targeted by an international boycott movement and forced to move to inside Israel, the company’s chief executive said Monday.
Daniel Birnbaum, CEO of SodaStream International, said the last 74 Palestinian workers left Monday after being denied permits to work inside Israel at the new factory.
“We gave them an opportunity to work,” he told Israel’s Channel 2 TV, calling Palestinians the main victims of the boycott movement. But he also criticized the Israeli government for not granting them work permits.
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