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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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