ICAHD Finlandin vastaus Suomen Pumalle: Pumalla on yhteyksiä jalkapallojoukkueisiin siirtokunnissa

Vaatteiden ja kenkien valmistaja Puma tukee Israelin laittomia siirtokuntia ja siten ihmisoikeusloukkauksia sponsoroimalla Israelin jalkapalloliitto IFA:a. Lähetimme Suomen Puman hallituksen puheenjohtajalle ja Country Sales Managerille Sanna Jakoselle asiasta kirjeen 13.4.2021.

Sanna Jakonen vastasikin kirjeeseemme nopeasti. Jakonen välitti vastauksessaan kansainvälisen Puman lausunnon, jonka mukaan PUmalla ei ole mitään yhteyksiä siirtokuntiin.

Valitettavasti tämän lausunnon tiedot eivät pidä paikkaansa. Lue täältä (PDF) koko vastauksemme, jonka lähetimme Jakoselle 19.4.2021.

Jatkamme keskustelua.

Jakosen välittämä lausunto:

PUMA does not support football teams in settlements nor does its Israeli distributor have branches in settlements.

PUMA’s local distribution partner Delta Galil supplies the Israeli National Teams with PUMA branded football equipment to compete in international competitions. PUMA’s contract with its Israeli distributor Delta Galil will expire at the end of 2020. The new distribution contract is with Al Srad Ltd, a company of Irani Corporation. Al Srad Ltd. does also not have any operations or branches in settlements. It is the decision between our new distributor and the Israeli Federation to mutually agree whether to continue the cooperation or not.

PUMA does not have any other connection or association with any other Israeli football club team – neither in mainland Israel nor in settlements. The six football clubs (Ma’ale Adumim, Ariel, Bikat HaYarden, Kiryat Arba, Givaat Zeev and Oranit) which play in different leagues of the IFA and are based in the West Bank are not equipped with PUMA products, but by other sports brands.

PUMA continues to support and outfit athletes from all backgrounds, regardless of race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation and national origin. As a brand concerned only with the power that Sport has to bring people together, PUMA does not support any political direction, political parties or governments. We welcome the opportunity to help everyone compete in sports no matter who they are or where they are from.

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