“It is our responsibility to do what is in our reach to support justice in Palestine.” With these sound and simple words Jesús Manuel Sánchez Antuña, the mayor of Langreo, has reaffirmed the solidarity of the small town in Asturias, in northern Spain. We had visited to thank the local council for its decision to declare the municipality ‘free of Israeli Apartheid’ and not to contract any companies that are involved in Israeli violations of Palestinian human rights and international law.
Veolia Environment is a French multinational company that profits directly from the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory. Veolia is a major partner in the Jerusalem Light Rail, a project that will help to cement Israel's hold on occupied East Jerusalem and tie the surrounding settlements even more firmly into the State of Israel. The JLR project has been declared unlawful by the UN. Veolia also operates a landfill and waste services for illegal Israeli settlements in Occupied Palestinian Territory.
Alstom is a French multinational company profiting directly from Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territory. Alstom is a major partner in the Jerusalem Light Rail, a project that will help to cement Israel's hold on occupied East Jerusalem and tie the surrounding settlements even more firmly into the State of Israel. The JLR project has been declared unlawful by the UN. An increasing number of governments, unions and civil society organizations are taking action to end their complicity with Veolia’s violations of international law.
Since Israel's establishment in 1948, its occupation of Jerusalem in June 1967, and subsequent annexation of the city in 1980, it has implemented policies that have shrunk the size of Occupied Jerusalem's Palestinian population as well as its Arab and Islamic heritage. The ongoing light rail project is just the latest in this steady entrenchment of Israeli control.
The state owned Saudi Electric Company (SEC) has signed a letter of intent to award Alstom a 1.9 billion Euro contract to build a power plant in Shoaiba.
French multinational Alstom is a 20% shareholder in Citypass consortium that has been contracted by Israel to build a light rail in Jerusalem. Alstom is the bigger partner of the two international shareholders in the project.
The fact sheet is a short guide for the international campaign against Connex and Alstom, the French companies involved in the creation of a light railway linking the Jewish colonies in East Jerusalem with the central part of the city. This project is an integral part of the Zionist scheme to ethnically cleanse the city and is tantamount to a war crime.
It provides a background to the Wall and Jerusalem, an overview of the impact of the railway project and the international branches and activities of Connex and Alstom so activists can begin campaigns.