Veolia/Alstom

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, 8 August 2011



  • French multinational Veolia to cut back global operations after €67.2 million losses

  • BDS campaign has cost Veolia large contracts across Europe over its illegal Israel project

  • Losses comes on heals of Agrexco’s financial woes, another main BDS target


 

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.

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When the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) launched its campaign against the Veolia and Connex companies, all of Melbourne took notice.

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.

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