Two BDS victories in Palestine

3 September 2015 - 1:15pm

Good news this week for the BDS campaign as a major target company - Veolia - has pulled out investments in the illegally Occupied Palestinian territories.

The huge French corporation Veolia has withdrawn from the infamous Jerusalem Light Rail (JLR) project, an illegal rail system built to facilitate the growth and expansion of Israeli colonial settlements on occupied Palestinian territory. We wrote about this project in our 2010 Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions report . The sale of its stake in the JLR project ends all of Veolia’s involvement in the Israeli market, including all projects that violate international law and the human rights of the Palestinian people.

The longstanding #BDS target Soda Stream is also reported to be about to shut down its factory in the West Bank, moving it to the Naqab (Negev) Desert. “This is a clear-cut BDS victory against an odiously complicit Israeli company,” said Omar Barghouti, a co-founder of the BDS movement.  The campaign will continue to target Soda Stream as the new factory is located in an area where Israel has in the past proposed to resettle Bedouin Arabs.

In pulling out, these two companies are demonstrating the impact of people power and the BDS campaign. Veolia executives have admitted that the campaign has cost the company “important contracts”, and financial analysts have repeatedly spoken about the financial cost of the campaign to the company.

War on Want is a member of the BDS campaign, which aims to expose the companies which sustain and profit from Israel's Occupation of Palestine. Since its founding, the BDS movement has grown in strength worldwide and is now endorsed by trade unions, student unions, faith groups, prominent writers and artists and solidarity movements.

The illegal Israeli Occupation, the building of the Apartheid Wall and ongoing military oppression can only be continued with the support of countries and companies that continue to back Israel through business and investment.

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