Is Your Cell Phone Kosher? AS APPLE REACTS TO FACTORY AUDITS, JEWISH WORLD WATCH LAUNCHES CAMPAIGN TO RAISE AWARENESS OF "CONFLICT MINERALS"

ENCINO, Calif., April 3, 2012  /PRNewswire/ -- As Apple reacts to factory audits exposing the poor working conditions in its factories, Jewish World Watch (JWW) has launched a campaign this Passover season aimed at educating people on the "conflict minerals" present in all electronics.

JWW's new website, www.IsMyCellPhoneKosher.com, explains that minerals found in all of our cell phones - tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold - provide funding for armed groups committing horrific atrocities in Eastern Congo – atrocities connected to the deaths of more than 5.4 million innocent lives.  The site asks people to "make their cell phone kosher" by engaging in advocacy to balance out the negative impact of their electronics purchases.  Advocacy actions include emailing electronics companies to demand conflict-free electronics, educating friends and family during Passover, and joining the Walk to End Genocide in LA this spring.

"Passover is a time when we celebrate our freedom from slavery," said Fred Kramer, Executive Director of Jewish World Watch, "but the cell phones we use every day are contributing to the enslavement of people in Congo.  With great profit comes great responsibility. If we demand conflict-free electronics and hold the tech industry accountable, we'll begin a process of change on the ground in Congo." 

ABOUT JEWISH WORLD WATCH: Jewish World Watch, a Los Angeles-based human rights organization, is a coalition of 70 synagogues working together to combat genocide and mass atrocities worldwide. Since its founding seven years ago, JWW has achieved significant success within its three mission goals: education, advocacy and humanitarian relief, having allocated over $6 million in direct assistance to the people of Sudan and Congo.  For more information, see www.jewishworldwatch.org or contact Jonathan Golub at jonathan@jww.org.

SOURCE Jewish World Watch



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