This past Christmas season, the anti-Israel lobby selected a fresh new target in their campaign to end what so many of them fallaciously term “Israeli Apartheid”: Motorola.
Among their complaints is that Motorola, through its Motorola Israel subsidiary, manufactures communications equipment used at the checkpoints Israel has erected to protect itself from Palestinian terrorism. Motorola Israel also manufactures components used in guided weapons.
Motorola’s involvement with the virtual fences Israel has used to protect its settlements – particularly those that did not install such systems themselves – began in 2005, when it won a contract tendered by the Israeli Ministry of Defence. As of 2009, 25 Israeli settlements featured these systems, dubbed MotoEagle Surveillance by its creators.
To those determined to end “Israeli Apartheid”, this makes Motorola a direct collaborator in what they regard as war crimes, and makes them a target for boycott.
At one flashmob executed at a Best Buy location in St Louis, customers were told to “Hang up on Motorola”, and to “just stick to ‘Droids and stay out of the war zone.”