Publish date19 Jun 2024 - 18:36
Story Code : 639723

Intel stops $25bn investment in Israel — ‘Biggest victory yet,’ says BDS campaign

US technology giant Intel has halted the construction of a new $25 billion factory in Israel, raising speculation that the factory construction is at risk of being cancelled as the war on the Gaza Strip continues for an eighth month.
Intel stops $25bn investment in Israel — ‘Biggest victory yet,’ says BDS campaign
 The report added that it is continuing other work on the site and that the company is looking into the meaning of Intel’s announcement and whether it is entitled to compensation.
When the US company was asked about the Israeli site’s report, it noted the need to “adapt large projects to changing schedules,” without referring directly to the project, said Reuters.
“Israel continues to be one of our key global manufacturing and R&D sites, and we remain fully committed to the region,” explained Intel.
Last December, the Israeli government agreed to provide Intel with a $3.2bn grant to construct a $25bn microchip plant in southern Israel, calling it the largest-ever international investment in the country.
Intel stated previously that the proposed factory at its Kiryat Gat site, where it already has a plant, is an “important part of Intel’s efforts to foster a more resilient global supply chain” alongside the company’s investments in Europe and the United States.
Intel operates four development and production sites in Israel, including its manufacturing plant in Kiryat Gat, known as Fab 28. The factory produces Intel 7 technology, or 10 nanometre chips. The planned Fab 38 factory was scheduled to open in 2028 and operate until 2035.
The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement has described this as its biggest BDS victory ever. Nevertheless, it cautioned that, despite the latest news, “Intel still remains deeply complicit in feeding Israel’s genocidal war chest.” The movement called for escalating the #BoycottIntel campaign to force it to end its collusion with Israel altogether.
BDS added: “The news coincides with persistent indicators of a shocking decline in Israel’s economy. Already in February, Moody’s downgraded Israel’s credit rating for the first time in its history. Israel’s rating outlook was also changed to ‘negative’ reflecting its growing debt, budget deficit and structural economic woes.”
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