Derail Veolia and Alstom

Veolia and Alstom are two French multinational companies helping to build and operate the Jerusalem Light Rail which links illegal settlements in occupied Palestinian territory with Israel. The tramway is explicitly designed to literally cement Israel’s grip on the illegal settlements and tie them more firmly into the state of Israel.

Veolia also operates other settlement infrastructure projects. It runs bus services for Israeli settlers on settler-only roads linking the settlements with Israel. These roads have decimated Palestinian towns and villages by stealing their land for construction and cutting them off from each other. Through its subsidiary TMM, Veolia also collects refuse from illegal settlements at buries it at the illegal Tovlan landfill site in the occupied Jordan Valley.

As a result of the global campaign to Derail Veolia and Alstom, financial institutions across Europe have sold their shares in the two companies and public authorities in the UK, France, Sweden, Australia and beyond have excluded them from bidding on public contracts.

In late 2010 and early 2011 Veolia and Alstom both announced that they would sell their shares in the Jerusalem Light Rail. Nevertheless, the two companies will continue to profit from the scheme for years to come and the pressure on them must continue until such time as they admit responsibility for their actions, provide reparations to their Palestinian victims and be held accountable for their gross complicity with Israeli violations of international law.

That two international corporations with multi-billion Euro turnovers have been forced to withdraw from a project that they have funnelled considerable resources into defending is an important signal of the strength and moral weight of the BDS movement. The fact that both Veolia and Alstom are being replaced by Israeli companies rather than more experienced international companies, who surely would have been preferable replacements in the eyes of the Israeli authorities, indicates that no international companies are willing to become targets of the highly effective and visible BDS movement. It is important to extend the Derail Veolia and Alstom campaign and continue to send a clear message that people of conscience all over the world will not stand by while corporations aid and abet Israeli war crimes.

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Palestine activists, labor and environment groups in US unite against Veolia

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As Veolia stretches its corporate tentacles from its home-base in France into Palestine, San Francisco, Bangladesh and various European countries, it is aiding in the expansion of its own opposition

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UN year of solidarity with the Palestinian people begins with boycott success

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Just three weeks into 2014, the BDS movement has already achieved important successes

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Veolia loses out on $4 billion Boston contract

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Veolia lost out on a contract that could be worth as much as $4.26 billion following a campaign exposing its role in illegal Israeli settlements

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Round-up of BDS successes in 2013

This round-up was published in conjunction with a Palestinian BDS National Committee statement looking ahead to 2014.

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Boycott by Academic Group Is a Symbolic Sting to Israel

Members of the American Studies Association voted by a ratio of more than two to one to endorse the academic boycott

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Latin America roundup: BDS campaigns target complicity with Israeli apartheid

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Brazilian social movements campaign against the free trade agreement between the Mercosul and Israel, Colombian groups launch Veolia petition and Mexican activists protest Israeli propaganda events

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Major US pension fund divests ethical fund from Veolia

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US pension giant TIAA-CREF has removed Veolia Environnement from its Social Choice Funds portfolio

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St Louis dumps occupation profiteer Veolia

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The broad based opposition Veolia faced caused it to withdraw from the city, with Veolia reportedly deciding St. Louis “is not worth it. It is not worth the damage to [Veolia’s] business.”

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Italian Water Festival condemned over Veolia and SodaStream links

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BDS Italy joins with the Italian movements for public water in contesting this branding operation by Federutility via the Water Festival in L’ Aquila

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Veolia Transportation Israel has stopped operating the Modi’in bus network

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Veolia Transportation Israel (Connex Israel) has terminated its operations of the Modi’in bus network

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