The BDS' holes will do nearly anything to claim victory. Routine restructuring of a corporate portfolio, the usual ups and downs of the financial market- its all used to tout the "success" of the BDS movement- the momentum, as they like to say is "unstoppable". As often as not, in the absence of any real success the BDS'ers will invent something out of thin air. It's happened before. It will happen again, because at its core, the BDS movement is morally bankrupt and is built on a fragile foundation of lies.
This is one of the more elaborate BDS schemes I can remember.
A fake press release was recently sent out announcing that Intel is suspending investments in Israel, pending an investigation of war crimes, and a fake website was set up that mimics Intel's real PR site. The site has since been removed.
Intel found out about the hoax and issued a terse statement:
Extremist truth optional group Al Awda helped perpetuate the fraud, with an email blast to their group yesterday. They've had no issue disseminating misinformation in the past.
The text of the fake press release follows:
Intel To Suspend
Investments in Israel Due to Assault on Gaza
NEWS HIGHLIGHTS:- Intel is
suspending previous plans to invest an additional $6 billion in Intel's Kiryat
Gat facility in Israel until further notice.
- Intel will conduct a
reevaluation of its business relationship with Israel to ensure compliance with
Intel's stated Code of Conduct guidelines and Corporate Responsibility goals.
SANTA CLARA, Calif., August 7,
2014 – Intel CEO Brian Krzanich today announced the suspension of a previous
decision to invest an additional $6 billion in Intel's Kiryat Gat facility in
Israel and that a reevaluation of its business relationship with Israel will be
conducted. The review will help to ensure compliance to Intel's stated Code of
Conduct guidelines and Corporate Responsibility goals.
"Intel takes seriously our
commitment to being a responsible corporate citizen," said Intel CEO Brian
Krzanich. "We view corporate citizenship as the relationship forged
between Intel, the communities in which we operate and society in general. At
Intel, corporate citizenship is firmly anchored in our corporate values."
Intel's Code of Conduct serves as
a compass that guides the actions of employees, directors, and business
partners, ensuring consistent and uncompromising integrity as we build trusted
relationships around the world. Intel is also a United Nations Global Compact
(UNGC) LEAD member. The first two UNGC Principles are regarding human rights.
Intel releases an annual
Corporate Responsibility Report. "For us,corporate responsibility means
achieving business success in ways that demonstrate respect for people and the
planet and uphold the values and high standards of ethics expressed in our
Human Rights Principles and our environmental health and safety policies,"
adds Krzanich. "In all our activities, we need to uphold Intel's long-standing,
global reputation as a role model for socially responsible behavior."
Intel Israel is the country's
largest private-sector employer. Mooly Eden is Intel Israel president and is
also in support of the decision. He is confident that Intel Israel is
"here to stay", despite the investment
suspension. Eden has been speaking to Israeli government officials over the
past weeks regarding its military policy and the negative attention it brings
to the country and those businesses that operate within. "Intel has
consistently been recognized as one of the world's leading corporate citizens
and most ethical companies," states Eden. "Our commitment to doing
the right thing runs deep in our corporate culture. We don't view corporate
responsibility as a fad or marketing scheme."
The Kiryat Gat facility is only
15 miles from the northern Gaza Strip. Reports of the destruction and loss of
life resulting from Israel's recentassault on Gaza, in addition to the blockade
that Israel has imposed on the people of Gaza for the past several years is not something thatbusiness leaders can continue to ignore.
Further details on Intel Israel's
business evaluations will be released in the coming weeks.
Intel Corporate, Assistant Director
Communications & Public Affairs
+1 408 805 0679
Al Awda has issued a retraction
'Zahi Damuni' email@example.com wrote:
Apologies to all. But this story appears to have been a hoax.