Jerusalem

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.

Stop the Wall has submitted a contribution to the EU consultation on its research policy in which it has denounced the funding of Israeli companies – and in particular Israeli companies involved in the construction of the Apartheid Wall – through European Union research programs.

This year’s anniversary of the Naksa - the occupation of the West Bank (including East Jerusalem), the Gaza Strip and the Syrian Golan Heights by Israel - has been marked by historic popular protests.



On June 5 Palestinian refugees marched from Syria to the occupied Golan Heights while various protests were organized in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. In the Golan Heights, the Israeli army staged yet another massacre killing over 20 unarmed protestors.






The second large scale Israeli public transport infrastructure project is now feeling the heat of BDS campaigners. The Israeli light rail project in Jerusalem has been since years targeted by BDS activists that support Palestinian calls for boycotts and divestments from companies that participate in this project, which links Israeli settlements to West Jerusalem and strengthens the Israeli grip on the occupied eastern part of the city.

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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A network of seventeen Palestinian human rights NGOs, including Stop the Wall, today launched a campaign to mobilize the international community to end the expulsion of Palestinians from Jerusalem by the Israeli occupation.

The Civic Coalition for Jerusalem is calling for a ‘blacklist’ of corporations supporting the occupation of Jerusalem, and is asking activists all over the world to research companies in their own countries to go on the list:

Swiss activists from Collectif Urgence Palestine stepped up their campaign against Connex, undertaking direct action against the company which supports the racist and Apartheid policies of the Occupation. Interrupting the operation of a Connex operated shuttle, protestors showed the way in boycotting Connex and challenging it’s profiteering from Israeli Apartheid.




***image2***Today, the 29th of November – the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian people marked by the UN – the Occupation continued its trail of destruction in Palestine carrying out demolitions for the Apartheid Wall in Dahiet al-Barid (Jerusalem). 181 kilometers of the eight-meter high concrete structure are close to completion in Jerusalem. Snaking around Palestinian communities, the Wall shuts Palestinians out of their city and squeezes them into unbearable ghettos.

Two houses were flattened in Anata on Monday the 21st of November as Occupation Forces continued their policy of attacking Palestinians in Jerusalem. Families were beaten and left homeless as bulldozers tore down their homes and carried on the onslaught on Palestinians in Jerusalem who are being ghettoized and expelled from their city by the Apartheid Wall.




***image2***A huge crowd of people gathered in front of Qalandiya refugee camp and marched against the Qalandiya gate chanting angry slogans against the Occupation and waving Palestinian flags. Occupation forces rushed to the area to block the protest from reaching the checkpoint.

The Occupation continued its targeted expulsion of Palestinians in Jerusalem by carrying out a house demolition on Monday the 7th of November. Dozens of Occupation Forces expelled the Bishara family from their home in Anata, before destroying the property under the pretext of it not having the correct “permit”.




***image2***With increasing attention directed at the disingenuous “disengagement” from Occupied Gaza, the unrelenting construction of the Apartheid Wall is falling under the radar of international media. This intended political distraction calls attention away from the daily reality of land devastation and confiscation that Palestinian villages are facing as construction of the Apartheid Wall continues. Palestinian communities have maintained their opposition to Occupation Forces through weekly demonstrations.

"To apply the ICJ Decision and Halt the Ethnic Cleansing in Jerusalem and Palestine!"



As Palestinians are ethnically cleansed from their capital of Jerusalem, expelled from their lands in the West Bank, imprisoned in Gaza and under subjugation in the 1948 areas, the Occupation ensures that the most devastating symbols of racism and colonialism have continued into the 21st century. Steps to sustain and legitimize this apartheid system in Palestine - imposed by the Occupation Forces with the complicity of the international community - gain in momentum every day.






Silwan is one of the Jerusalem neighborhoods most threatened with Judaization, with continuous settler attacks and occupation of its houses. Just last year in Silwan, in March 2004, settlers occupied two buildings that together comprise of 12 flats, added to the houses and lands in Silwan already taken over by settlers during previous years, a large part of which are located in Wadi Hilwa, which overlooks Bustan and is adjacent to the Old City.

***image2***Farmers and villagers in Beit Surik have organized a series of demonstrations to protest against the construction of the Apartheid Wall in the village and the confiscation of their lands. The Occupation this week restarted the destruction and isolation of 2,500 dunums of the village’s land. More than 1,000 trees have been uprooted in the past week. In the latest demonstration, eight villagers were injured by Occupation Forces.




Palestinians in the western areas of Bethlehem district have received new confiscation orders amounting to 770 dunums of land, taken for the Apartheid Wall and the expansion of the colonies in the Gush Etzion settlement bloc. Villages throughout this area are being ghettoized between two Apartheid Walls - one to be constructed close to the Green Line and the other currently being constructed cutting immediately west to the city of Bethlehem. Encircled by settlements, which will thrive on the stolen land, this part of Palestine is being shaped into a hellish prison.




***image2***At the height of the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa in the 1980s the call of the song “Senzeni Na – What Have We Done” was a common expression of exasperation at the cruelty and brutality of the apartheid regime. Across Palestine, the same words are uttered once again as the Occupation seeks to impose a final solution of apartheid, ghettoization and imprisonment upon the Palestinian people.




***image2***Palestinians from the village of Al-Walaja, set to see their lands, livelihoods and futures decimated by the Apartheid Wall, gathered to mark the finale of Land Week and assert their resistance to the colonization project of the Occupation Forces. Around 200 villagers came together on Saturday April 9th to mark the culmination of a week of land activities throughout the West Bank.

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On the 16th of February 2005, a supplement in a Jerusalem NewsPaper featuring the Apartheid Wall, was published under the joint co-operation between the Palestinian Red Crescent, Medicins du Monde and the Israeli Physicians for Human Rights. The supplement, in Arabic and Hebrew, asked readers to cut out a series of pictures, and to create their own montages of the Palestinian “reality”. It contained statistics on the health impacts of the Wall on the Palestinian population through artistic posters.

***image2***Occupation Forces have started destroying lands in Beit Surik village northwest of Jerusalem for the Apartheid Wall. The Occupation bulldozers began razing lands in the northwestern part of the village on the 26th of February next to the settlement of Haradar. Haradar was built on 1500 dunums of land stolen from the village in 1980. Occupation Forces are also working in the southern part of the village where the destruction of lands for the Wall’s path extends from the nearby village of Qatanna.




The Wall around Bethlehem is in actuality part of the so–called “Jerusalem envelope” that starts from the settlement of Bet Horon to the northwest of Jerusalem city all the way to Kfar Etzion settlement in the very south of the Bethlehem District. This section of the Wall will:

 

 

 

Occupation Forces revealed a plan for a new settlement in Beit Safafa, southwest of Jerusalem city. The core of the existing settlement of Giv’at Hamatos will now be made up of a new settlement comprising 1,850 housing units, and the adding of about 7,500 settlers to East Jerusalem. Originally, before 1967, the area of the proposed settlement had been incorporated into the Occupation’s “Town Plan Scheme” for Beit Safafa, in other words allocated built-up area of village lands as designated by the Occupation for the residential use of the people of Beit Safafa.

***image2***The Occupation Forces gave on February 7th 2005, confiscation orders for the Wall in Beit Hanina village, northwest Jerusalem, four days after those given to Al Jib village, that will be put in the same ghetto together with Beit Hanina, Qalandiya, Judeira and Bir Nabala. These confiscation orders were all given days before the Sharm Al Sheikh Summit, where the so-called “peace” process is to be revived, as Israel continues to create realities on the ground that seem integral parts of what it considers as steps towards “peace”.




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