Veolia Takes Severe Blow As It Fails To Win 485 Million Pound Contract In West London: London 23rd Dec 11


By suzanna
December 23, 2011
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Human rights campaigners are celebrating after the West London Waste Authority ('WLWA') excluded French multinational Veolia from a £485 million contract covering 1.4 million inhabitants of the London boroughs of Brent, Ealing, Harrow, Hillingdon, Hounslow and Richmond-upon-Thames, for treatment of residual domestic waste.
The reasons behind the decision by the WLWA to exclude Veolia are commercially confidential but the impact of human rights campaigners should not be under-estimated.
Over the last six months campaigners lobbied Councillors and Council officials to exclude Veolia from the contract and submitted a letter to the WLWA documenting Veolia's direct complicity in grave breaches of international and humanitarian law in Jerusalem and the West Bank.
Campaigners pointed out that:
Veolia helped build and is involved in operating a tram-line which links Jerusalem with illegal Israeli settlements in the Palestinian West Bank.
Veolia takes waste from Israel and illegal Israeli Settlements and dumps this on Palestinian land at the Tovlan landfill.
The letter also gave evidence of Veolia's racist recruitment policies in Israel, as well as the company's operation of buses on Highway 443 which Palestinians are prohibited from using.
Veolia's failure to win the WLWA contract is a heavy blow for the company because it owns a domestic waste depot in the area covered by the WLWA and so should have been ideally placed to meet some of the necessary criteria for the WLWA tender.
Worse still for Veolia, this blow comes only six months after it failed to win Ealing Council's £300m new 'Clean and Green' contract even though Veolia already did much of the work under the old contract. When bidding for that contract Veolia had faced determined opposition from Palestinian rights campaigners over its track record in Jerusalem and the West Bank.
Campaigners across the world are focussed on Veolia because it is a key target of the global Boycott Divestment and Sanctions ('BDS') campaign for Palestinian rights and which is led by Palestinian civil society organisations.

'Complicity in infringing human rights and international law has become an expensive business for Veolia. Other companies please note: There is a strong, determined and popular international campaign for justice for Palestinians; if you aid Israel's oppression of Palestinians your business will suffer just like Veolia's'

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Jonathan Hoffman

Fri, 12/23/2011 - 17:50

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Usual Drivel from the Israel Traducing BDS Rabble

1. No evidence it has been excluded
2. If it has, no evidence this was because of the Israel Haters
3. No evidence of discrimination in recruitment policies - if there was, why did those who felt discriminated against not go to law?
4. The settlements are perfectly legal


Real Real Zionist

Fri, 12/23/2011 - 18:06

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The occupying power shall not DEPORT or OTHERWISE TRANSFER parts of its civilian population into the occupied territory....

Regardless of the west bank issue Veolia are a very dirty company and the sooner they are out of business the better.


Mary in Brighton

Fri, 12/23/2011 - 18:47

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Maybe Jonathan can sort something out.


Advis3r

Mon, 12/26/2011 - 14:38

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Transfer = to change or go or cause to change or go from one thing, person, or point to another. The Convention requires the actor here the State of Israel to actively have moved its population or any part of it to Judea and Samaria (which by the way the convention also requires that it be an area belonging to another sovereign state - here it does not).
However there has been no transfer here - no Israeli citizen/Jew living here was transferred (this - to remind the malcontents who post whatever they can against Israel - is a democracy) we all came of our own accord and for different reasons some because of ideology and some because of relatively cheaper housing.
What PPJ and others like him are cynically and disigenuously trying to make out is that a convention that was originally passed to prevent the forcible removal of a population as committed by the Nazis who forcibly removed Jews, Gypsies political opponents and anyone else they did not like from their countries of origin and transferred them in cattle trucks to the concentration camps, where they were exterminated, is now to be applied against Jews, who are of their own volition re-settling parts of what was originally the Jewish homeland as envisaged by the Mandate for Palestine. Preventing a perfectly lawful act like that was never the intent or in the minds of the framers of the Convention whatever PPJ and his friends may like to claim.
This Convention has therefore run foul of the Law of Unintended Consequences much like rent control which in many major cities is intended to make housing more accessible for lower income tenants. However, most economists believe it actually reduces the quantity and quality of housing.
There has been no definitive legal ruling on the status of the settlements - any country can claim they are illegal (for which there is no foundation in law - I have shown that the Geneva Convention is being misapplied obviously for political reasons) but until an authoritative legal body does rule on the matter otherwise they are perfectly legal.

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