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Jerusalem Light Railway badly damaged in Palestinian protest

“Later in the evening, local Palestinian residents took steps to remove the illegal light rail system which runs through their neighbourhood… Many local residents gathered round to express their support for this act of civil disobedience…”

ISM report, followed by one from Ha’aretz

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Veoila stumbles in the Royal Parks

Veolia Out of Royal Parks Alliance (Vorpal) submitted a substantial argument to The Royal Parks as to why Veolia should not be short-listed for a series of new maintenance contracts in eight of London’s parks. The submission was supported by scores of signatures from the great and good (including one from the late Bob Crow).

Veolia went for two of the contracts, trying to enlarge its business in the area by bidding for St James’s Park as well as rebidding for Regent’s Park. We are pleased to report that it failed in both cases. Aiding and abetting Israel’s breaches of international and humanitarian law clearly does not pay.

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New campaign against Veolia underway at University of Chichester. Please give it public support!

Active campaigning has persuaded the the University of Chichester to include an ‘ethical misconduct’ clause in the university’s campus contracts procurement policy. Widespread public support for this move is now being sought – please sign the petition.

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Sign the petition to get Veolia off University of Westminster Campuses

Petition by Palestinian Solidarity Society, University of Westminster

In 2013, a Freedom of Information request to University of Westminster revealed that Veolia carry out waste removal for the university on a rolling annual contract, which expires on in March, 2014 worth over £48K.

There has been an Israeli military occupation in the Occupied Palestinian Territories since 1967, and settlements built there are illegal under international law, according to the UK Government. Veolia Environnement is a French multinational infrastructure company that run transport links connecting Israel to the settlements. A Veolia subsidiary runs and operates the Tovlan landfill

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Palestinian landfill site in the West Bank refused permission to operate

The Israeli so called “Civil Administration” in the West Bank is refusing to allow the operation of a landfill funded by the World Bank and intended to serve the Palestinian population south of Jerusalem – unless it takes settlement waste as well. Just more evidence of Israel’s high-handed and ever-present intervention in Palestinian affairs in the West Bank (where Veolia operates the Tovlan landfill site in the Jordan valley that takes some settlement waste already).

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Veolia group negotiating sale of its operations in Israel

There is much of interest in this report published on the Israeli news website Calcalaist and translated by Who Profits? It assess the value of Veolia’s activities in Israel at $400 million and reports this sell-off as part of an attempt by Veolia to reduce its activities in 40 of the 77 countries where it operates today, against the backdrop of huge debts carried by the group – about 15.2 billion euros. At least part of this debt, we would argue, results from Veolia’s loss of contracts internationally because of its tarnished reputation arising from its complicity in Israel’s illegal occupation. The article also reports that “Veolia Israel denied this news [of a sale] outright”. Watch this space…

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European businesses support for the illegal settlements – Veolia and the rest

An analysis of the major role played by private European businesses in funding, facilitating and supporting Israeli violations of international law and illegal Israeli settlements

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Another victory against Veolia after a long-running US campaign

The We Divest coalition is a joint project of Adalah-NY, the American Friends Service Committee, Grassroots International, Jewish Voice for Peace, the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, and the US Palestinian Community Network. It joins workers, environmentalists, and corporate accountability organizations in congratulating pension fund giant TIAA-CREF for removing Veolia Environnement SA stock from its Social Choice Funds portfolio.

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Victory – St Louis dumps Veolia

After almost a year of protest Veolia has withdrawn from bidding for the St Louis Water contract. Veolia reportedly decided this contact was not worth it: “It is not worth the damage to [Veolia’s] business.”

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We lost this one – Brent awards £142.3m contract to Veolia amid protests – but the struggle continues

Brent Council in London has awarded a contract to Veolia despite a sustained campaign against it. We’re disappointed and angry. But we also know that the campaign has reached many thousands of people who would not otherwise have been aware of the occupation and its effects, or of the complicity of companies like Veolia in it. In many ways, this has been an exemplary campaign and we take heart from the energy and activity of all who made it happen. We may have lost this time round, but the campaign to expose the occupation – and those who lend succour to it – continues apace.

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