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Swedish Factory in Illegal Settlement

It’s been revealed that a large Swedish company has been operating a factory within an illegal Israeli settlement on the Palestinian West Bank.

The report comes from the Swedish-based Christian development aid organization Diakonia, the Church of Sweden, and Swedwatch, an NGO that monitors Swedish business relations with developing countries.

They call on the Swedish lock manufacturer Assa Abloy to relocate the plant.

The location within the illegal Barkan settlement has meant that Assa Abloy has been able to enjoy special tax breaks, as well as the protection of the Israeli military. Swedish Radio News has spoken with a Palestinian who says in 1986 his family was expelled from the land where the Swedish factory is now located.

Assa Abloy has issued a press release saying that it has been influenced by the report, and after consideration has decided to review the situation.

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