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Who profits? update on Veolia

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In July 2014, Veolia signed an agreement to sell its water, waste and energy activities in Israel to the US-based investment management firm Oaktree Capital Management. The deal was completed on 1 April 2015. Consequently, Veolia no longer has any holdings in the Tovlan landfill and the Ayalon wastewater treatment facility. However, Veolia continues to be involved in the Jerusalem Light Rail project.

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Electronic Intifada update on Veolia

Ali Abunimah reports, 8th April 2015: Palestinian campaigners have chalked up an important win as the French municipal services conglomerate Veolia has sold off most of its businesses linked to the Israeli occupation in the West Bank. The company reported that it sold its “water, waste and energy activities in Israel” to Los Angeles-based private equity firm Oaktree Capital Management. But Veolia remains involved in one major colonization project: the Jerusalem Light Rail.

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Veolia trying to sell up in Israel

Who Profits update on Veolia’s attempts to extricate itself from the Israel-Palestine quagmire: Transdev (formerly Veolia Transdev) has signed a contract for the sale of its holdings in the Jerusalem light rail. In addition, ‘Veolia Environnement’ has agreed to sell its water, waste and energy activities in Israel to Oaktree Capital Fund. Both deals require approval from the Israeli authorities and the completion of ownership transactions. At the moment, this has not been achieved.

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Veolia will not reduce its 50% holding in Transdev any time soon…

Veolia Environnement SA (VIE)’s plan to withdraw from its Transdev transport business remains mired in uncertainty over whether unprofitable French ferry operator Societe Nationale Maritime Corse Mediterranee will be sold or liquidated, executives said…

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Another success against Veolia – Kuwait City this time

The Kuwait City Municipality has heeded Palestinian and BDS appeals and has excluded Veolia from a waste management contract with the city valued at $750 million, as well as from “all future projects” in the city. It specifically invoked Veolia’s illegal projects on Palestinian land.

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Veolia pulling out of Israel?

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It looks as if Veolia is finally pulling out of Israel. It couldn’t possibly have anything to do with its loss of contracts worth billions worldwide, could it?

A triumph for the international “Dump Veolia” campaign!

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Drones used to secure the Jerusalem Light Rail

A couple of weeks old, but of interest nonetheless.

As the Gaza crisis reverberated on the West Bank and East Jerusalem, young Palestinians expressed their anger and alienation by throwing stones at the trains on the Jerusalem Light Rail on a daily basis. Ha’aretz reports that the Israel police and Jerusalem municipality have begun using small drones in order to monitor the train. The drones are operated by the company Bladeworx, the first firm to receive permission from the Civil Aviation Authority to operate unmanned aircraft over residential areas — and apparently the first company in the world to use such technology for public transportation.

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Veolia dumped again – this time in Wolverhampton

Wolverhampton’ Art Gallery contract to be terminated

The leader of Wolverhampton City Council, on finding out that the City Art Gallery had a contract with Veolia, promptly ensured that the contract will not be renewed.

He has emailed:

As soon as the Palestine Solidarity Campaign kindly brought this contract to our attention on Thursday 31 July, the relevant Cabinet member Elias Mattu and I took up the issue, and instructions have been issued that that there should be no renewal of the Art Gallery’s Veolia contract when it expires in March 2015, and that Veolia should

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The beginning of the end?

Evidence that Veolia is trying to get out of the occupied territories is mounting – a sure sign that the international campaign against it has had an effect. But it isn’t over yet. We must keep up the pressure until Veolia pulls out of business in the OPT and makes a complete end of its support for settlements and complicity in the occupation.

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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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