Swedish firm to quit West Bank

The Jewish Chronicle - - World News - BY MICHAL LEV­ER­TOV TEL AVIV

A SWEDISH com­pany has apol­o­gised for set­ting up a fac­tory in a set­tle­ment-based in­dus­trial zone and an­nounced it will move it within Is­rael.

The board of Assa Abloy, which ac­quired lock­smith com­pany MulT-Lock in 2000, is to re­lo­cate the fac­tory from the Barkan in­dus­trial zone in the West Bank fol­low­ing the pub­li­ca­tion of a re­port last month by Swedish hu­man-rights group Di­ako­nia, busi­ness-mon­i­tor­ing NGO SwedWatch and the Church of Swe­den.

The re­port al­leged that the lo­ca­tion of the fac­tory might open the own­ers up to prose­cu­tion.

AnAs­saAbloyspokesman­said:“We are very sorry that we did not no­tice it be­fore, but we did not un­der­stand that we might be vi­o­lat­ing in­ter­na­tional law.”

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