Bin Veolia Campaign

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TAKE ACTION NOW!!!

1. Email your councillors – email or write to your councillors today to urge them to exclude Veolia from all Council contracts: Click here for sample letter to Leeds City Council or Download the letter to send to your councillor by post.

2. Sign the Petitionsign online here. Download here and ask others to sign too.

3. Attend meetings – attend public meetings and meetings with the council to raise the issue of Veolia’s complicity in Israel’s breeches of international law.

4. Inform others – write to your local media e.g. Yorkshire Evening Post (see example letter here), inform people you come across about Veolia. Download the BIN VEOLIA leaflet (A4) hereDownload smaller (A5) leaflet here.

5. Protest – join protests and vigils organised by Leeds PSC to show your opposition to Veolia. Download high resolution banner here.

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Latest News Articles

Bin Veolia Campaign

  • MAJOR BDS WIN! Veolia sells all remaining ties to the occupation 03/09/2015 US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation A worldwide campaign that Leeds PSC has been very involved in has resulted in a big success.  Veolia -- the flagship global boycott, divestment, sanctions (BDS) movement campaign -- has withdrawn completely...
  • Lessons from Veolia: Supporting the occupation is bad for business 02/09/2015 Mondoweiss Veolia has finally sold the last of its remaining businesses in the occupied Palestinian territories, as reported by WhoProfits.org on August 27, 2015.  This elevates Veolia to the status of the first major BDS target company to fully with...
  • PSC Update: Help the campaign against Veolia! 11/02/2012 PSC e- update Ending the EU's financial support for the occupation The campaign is stepping up against Veolia and other companies’ complicity in the occupation and colonisation of Palestine (see last week’s update>>) MPs are now being asked...
  • YEP Article: Leeds incinerator campaign defeated 20/11/2011 YEP Published on Saturday 19 November 2011 07:00 Calls for Leeds City Council to reconsider its decision to build an incinerator to deal with household rubbish have been defeated. The council has appointed Veolia Environmental Services Aurora as ...
  • No Let Up For Veolia At The Natural History Museum London 10/11/2011 Report by Isvestia London November 2011 Over fifteen Campaigners for Palestinian Rights were out in force for over two hours on Saturday 5 November protesting outside the Natural History Museum in London. Many of the campaigners are actively involve...
  • Leeds council's selection of Veolia for incinerator deal angers YEP readers 01/11/2011 Reply to YEP to counter pro-Israeli letters. Write, email or ring the Yorkshire Evening Post. E-mail: eped@ypn.co.uk Tel: 0113 2388536 Write to: The Editor, Readers Letters, Yorkshire Evening Post, Wellington Street, Leeds. LS1 1RF. Leeds council's selec...
  • Leeds PSC Statement on Council’s Selection of Veolia for Incinerator Contract 01/11/2011 1st November 2011 (for immediate use) Leeds Palestine Solidarity Campaign (Leeds PSC) expresses its profound disappointment at the decision of Leeds City Council officers to recommend to Councillors the selection of Veolia as preferred bidder for the cit...
  • For Veolia at London’s Natural History Museum, there’s no place to hide 31/10/2011 Veolia, a French multinational, is the official corporate sponsor of the prestigious ‘Wildlife Photographer of the Year’ exhibition that runs until 11 March 2012 at London’s Natural History Museum. However, most visitors to the exhibition are unaware o...
  • Cambridge University students vote to break contract with Veolia 31/10/2011 58% of students vote to break contract with company implicated in Israeli human rights abuses Students at Cambridge University in the UK have voted to call on the University to cut ties with a company implicated in Israeli human rights abuses. The v...
  • BDS Victory: Alstom loses Saudi Haramain Railway contract worth $10B 31/10/2011 The BDS National Committee (BNC) has declared a long sought-after victory as Alstom lost the bid for the second phase of the Saudi Haramain Railway project, worth $10 billion US dollars, after pressure from the global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BD...

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Leeds Bin Veolia Campaign

Veolia is one of the final bider to provide waste treatment facilities for Leeds to handle local black bin and black bag waste. Leeds Palestine Solidarity Campaign is campaigning against Veolia for being complicit in Israel’s violations of international and human rights law in Palestine.

The final two bidders are:

  • Aire Valley Environmental who are proposing to build a facility at the current Knostrop sewage treatment site.
  • Veolia ES Aurora Ltd who are proposing to build a facility at the former wholesale market on Cross Green industrial estate.

Who is Veolia?

Veolia is a French multinational corporation deeply complicit in Israel’s violations of international and human rights law. It assists Israel in its illegal occupation of Palestine. The company operates around the world under various pseudonyms including Connex, Onyx, Cleanaway, and TMM.

Why Boycott Veolia?

Veolia, by providing services to illegal settlements in Occupied Palestinian land, is complicit in grave breaches of international and human rights law committed by the state of Israel:

  1. Veolia is involved in the development of a tramway line in illegally Occupied East Jerusalem, linking illegal settlements in Occupied Palestinian Territory;
  2. Veolia operates in illegally Occupied Palestinian Territory, servicing settler bus routes, on roads built on stolen Palestinian land and access effectively denied to Palestinians in the Occupied West Bank;
  3. Veolia operates a 33 hectare landfill site, the Tovlan landfill, in illegally Occupied Palestinian Territory, servicing the occupier and dumping waste on the occupied.

Breaches of International Law Israeli settlements built in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) and the annexation of East Jerusalem, are illegal under international law. They violate the 4th Geneva Convention (article 49 and 53); Hague Regulations of 1907 (section 3); numerous United Nations resolutions; and the International Court of Justice 2004 advisory opinion. These violations in some cases amount to war crimes, i.e. “grave breaches” of the Convention. The International Court of Justice made clear that states should not do anything to assist Israel in its unlawful settlement activities. Yet Veolia is involved in the development of a tramline, the operation of bus services and a landfill site that run through the OPT and sustain the illegal settlements. Veolia is involved in facilitating, exacerbating, aiding and abetting Israel’s breach of international law and ongoing war crimes. With their actions, Veolia is cementing the illegal occupation of Palestine and furthering Israeli apartheid. Veolia is undermining any chance of a just peace for the Palestinian people.

Impact of boycott to date

Here are some of the hits that Veolia is suffering due to their complicity with Israel’s crimes of occupation, colonisation and apartheid:

  • 17 June 2010: Swansea City Council passed a resolution to exclude Veolia from all future contracts.
  • May 2010: Dublin City Council unanimously passed a resolution calling on the City Manager not to sign or renew any contracts with French multinational Veolia.
  • June 2009: The city of Melbourne, Australia stripped Connex (Veolia subsidiary) of their contract to run Melbourne’s trams and Hong Kong’s MTR.
  • April 2009: Galway City Council voted not to renew or enter into any new contracts with Veolia as a result of the operations in occupied Palestine.
  • April 2009: Veolia loses a contact worth 750 million Euros in Bordeaux, France.
  • April 2009: A French court in Nanterre rejected the two companies’ (Veolia and Alstom – another French company involved in the illegal “Jerusalem Light Rail” project) claim that it had no jurisdiction in the case against them (presented by French NGO AFPS), reaffirmed that Israel is the occupying power in East Jerusalem, not the sovereign, and confirmed the illegality of Israeli colonies built on occupied Palestinian land, including in East Jerusalem.
  • March 2009: The Swedish National Pension fund divested from Alstom as the reported human rights abuses regarding the company’s participation in a railway project in Jerusalem made it not suitable for pension funds investments.
  • February 2009: Sligo County Council, passed a motion not to renew any further contracts with Veolia as a result of the operations in occupied Palestine.
  • January 2009: Veolia loses 4.5 billion dollar contract to run the subway in Stockholm, Sweden.
  • November 2006: ASN, a Dutch bank, broke off financial relations with Veolia on account of the light rail contract, stating that the JLR project “is not in line with the United Nation’s demand to stop all support for Israel’s settlement activities”.
  • August 2006: Irish Trade Union forces Veolia to cancel plans to train Israeli drivers and engineers in Ireland. They were to be trained on the Dublin Luas, that is nearly identical to the one being constructed in Jerusalem.
  • Here in UK more than a dozen local authorities are being challenged to exclude Veolia: After a campaign by West Midlands Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Veolia failed to get on Sandwell Borough Council’s short list for a rubbish collection contract.

Resources:

Palestinian BDS National Committee
Boycott Israeli Goods Campaign (UK): Veolia
Veolia: Swansea City Council passes historic resolution to bar future contracts with Veolia
Principled Dutch ASN Bank ends its relations with Veolia

Our thanks to BDSmovement.net and Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign for resources.

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Leeds Palestine Solidarity Campaign