Tech safe as Mayor set to dump Israel ban

Marrickville mayor, Fiona Byrne, has said that she will have Marrickville Council dump its boycott of products manufactured in Israel following intense public pressure, according to news reports.

Marrickville mayor, Fiona Byrne, has said that she will have Marrickville Council dump its boycott of products manufactured in Israel following intense public pressure, according to news reports.

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In a motion passed in December last year, the Council joined the Boycotts, Divestments and Sanctions campaign (PDF) that boycotts all goods and services made in Israel, in protest of the nation's occupation of Palestinian land.

The boycott would have cost taxpayers some $4 million, with $3.5 million earmarked for replacing technology from companies such as Hewlett-Packard (HP) and Motorola, which were judged to have links to Israel.

Marrickville mayor and Greens member Fiona Byrne told Fairfax that she "certainly would not put my community under a financial burden" to implement the boycott.

Greens councillor Marika Kontellis told News Ltd that the boycott was "unpopular" with the public.

The policy drew the ire of Greens leader Senator Bob Brown, who told ABC NewsRadio that foreign policy is a matter for Federal Government, not the Council.

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