London council votes to Dump Veolia and support BDS
Tower Hamlets council in London has become the second UK local authority to pass a motion to exclude Veolia from local procurement contracts over its complicity with Israeli violations of international law.
The motion, which was moved by councillor Harun Miah of the Respect Party, was passed at a full meeting of Tower Hamlets council on February 2.
The motion requests that the Mayor of Tower Hamlets writes to Veolia to explain the council's determination not to work with Veolia in the future.
Elsewhere in the UK, Swansea council passed a motion to exclude Veolia from public contracts last year and Edinburgh, Portsmouth, Richmond and West Midlands councils have all excluded Veolia from public procurement processes following pressure from campaigners for Palestinian rights.
The motion also calls on the council to "do everything in its power to support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign against the pariah state of Israel".
Marrickville Council in Australia and several small municipalities in Spain are among other local councils to have also passed motions in support of BDS.