Britain’s HSBC Delists Investment in Israeli Defense Contractor Elbit, Reports Say
Elbit says it has not received any such announcement from the British Bank. Campaigners framed the decision as a Pro-BDS win
On Thursday, British organization the Palestine Solidarity Campaign announced via press release that British bank HSBC Bank PLC has “fully divested” its investment in Israeli defense contractor Elbit Systems Ltd. The bank has confirmed the move to campaigners, the organization said. The organization has been calling on the bank to cut ties with Elbit since 2017, and has framed the decision as the bank ceding to the pressure.
For daily updates, subscribe to our newsletter by clicking here.HSBC has been approached for comment but has yet to respond. Several media outlets have reported that HSBC representatives have confirmed the news to them, with the Jerusalem Post stating the bank has said it was a “human rights issue” but not a “political position.”
Elbit has not received any announcement from the bank on a divestment, Elbit deputy vice president of corporate communication David Vaaknin told Calcalist Sunday.
Elbit, Ra'anana, Israel. Photo: PR
Earlier this month, Elbit was ranked in 28th place among the top 100 most profitable arms sellers worldwide in 2017 by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), an institute dedicated to research into conflict, armaments, arms control, and disarmament. Two other Israeli companies also made the list.
HSBC’s reported action comes after Airbnb announced in November that it will remove listings in Jewish settlements in the West Bank from its website. The decision has sparked outrage in Israel and celebration among pro-BDS (the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement) users, though the short-term rental company said it does not support BDS.