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Write to your Councillors and ask them not to renew any contracts with Veolia or their subsidiaries such as Onyx or Cleanaway.


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  • That the UK government and the U.N do not recognise Israel's annexation of occupied East Jerusalem and have repeatedly stated their views that the Israeli settlements in East Jerusalem and the West Bank contravene international law
  • The UN has demanded that Israeli settlement activities and occupation should not be supported


  • The resolution of the UN Human Rights Council adopted on 14 April 2010 which expresses (Para 5g) grave concern at "The Israeli decision to establish and operate a tramway between West Jerusalem and the Israeli settlement of Pisgat Zeev, which is in clear violation of international law and relevant United Nations resolutions;"


  • That Veolia is a leading partner in the CityPass consortium contracted to build and operate the tramway


  • That the tramway line is due to open in August 2011, with Veolia responsible for its operation  


  • That Veolia placed recruitment advertisements for tramway operatives discriminating against the recruitment of Palestinians by requiring Hebrew “at a mother tongue level” and “full army service/civic service”, which hardly any Palestinians do


  • That Veolia is also providing other services to illegal settlements in Occupied Palestinian Territory, including:running bus routes that discriminate against Palestinians and service illegal settlements in the Occupied West Bank, linking them to Israel on roads built on occupied land


  • Operating a 33 hectare landfill site, the Tovlan landfill, in illegally Occupied Palestinian Territory, which takes refuse from illegal Israeli settlements in the West Bank and from Israel.  (Veolia intends to sell Tovlan to an illegal Israeli settlement by end of April and advise on its operation thereafter).

Councils that have Cleaned Up


  • 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.


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Press release from the British Committee for the Universities of Palestine

8th March 2011
For Immediate release

Campaigners threaten to picket Israeli Music conference

A number of groups campaigning for Palestinian human rights today called on academics and musicians to boycott a forthcoming conference on Israeli music, and threatened to picket it.

The conference is entitled “Art Musics of Israel: Identities, Ideologies, Influences” and is being organised by the Jewish Music Institute (JMI), based at SOAS, University of London, where some of the events are taking place.

“We don’t have a problem with Israeli music, and certainly not with Jewish music”, said Naomi Wimborne-Idrissi of Jews for Boycotting Israeli Goods (J-BIG).  “The problem is that this conference is apparently accepting money from the Israeli state.”

Other organisations behind the boycott call are the British Committee for the Universities of Palestine (BRICUP) and the Boycott Israel Network (BIN), which is about to hold its third conference.

According to the publicity leaflet, the conference is “supported” by the British Israeli Arts Training Scheme (BI ARTS), “a British Council initiative in partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Culture and Sport in Israel”; and also by the Israeli Embassy, London.

BRICUP, BIN and J-BIG are in the process of writing to all those taking part, whether as speakers, session chairs or performers. Their letter says:

“This official sponsorship places the event clearly in a category which has been targeted for boycott by organisations representing the overwhelming majority of Palestine’s civil society.... In the light of this call, and of the manifold injustices of Israeli treatment of the rights of the Palestinians, we are asking you to examine your consciences in this matter.”

The letter goes on to ask rhetorically,  “Just consider – could an equivalent conference on Palestinian music be held?”  It points out that such a conference would be “inconceivable” because no musical instruments are allowed into Gaza; no permissions are granted for musicians to travel out of Gaza; West Bank musical life  “is crippled by the road blocks and settlement building that fragments the residual Palestinian territory”; and East Jerusalem musicians are unable to leave without losing their residency permits.

Reem Kelani, Palestinian singer and musician, is supporting the boycott.  She said:

"When the Soviet Union used its artists as tools of its propaganda effort, there was a chorus of denunciation from the Western world, but when Israel's Foreign Ministry recruits musicians in its hasbara (propaganda) campaign, many people simply ignore or find excuses for its subversion of art. It is a stain on SOAS' stature as an institution of academic excellence to host a conference which seeks to deny the existence of a Palestinian cultural narrative and whose primary purpose is to present a politically shaped Israeli musical history."

Composer Raymond Deane, who is also supporting the boycott call, said:

“As a composer, I believe that music is indeed above politics but not - alas - above exploitation by those whose politics negate humanistic values. The Israeli state must not be allowed to exploit the art of music or any other form of cultural expression in order to disguise the reality of its expansionist and racist character. I am deeply disappointed that SOAS is proceeding with this Conference; it must be boycotted by all who care about justice and human rights - and about the art of music.”

The SOAS Students’ Union passed a motion at its Union General Meeting on 24th January which stated the Union’s belief that “SOAS has no place participating in or facilitating a conference that is affiliated with official Israeli state institutions” and  demanding that the college withdraw from the conference, in particular calling for Paul Webley, Director of SOAS, to “cancel his speech and not collaborate in this event”.   Webley is due to give the opening address.

A student letter currently circulating on the SOAS Music Dept discussion list says:

“Israel is a racist, expansionist apartheid state. The term ‘Art Music of Israel’ is a code phrase for the dominant music of that apartheid state. The whole event is an attempt to sanitise the image of that state in the West. ... The brutal facts of killings, torture, imprisonments and land expropriations by Israel continue, day by day.  Decent people should take a stand against these horrors.

“... Within the Student Union, and also in the outside world (the various Palestine solidarity campaigns), there is a solid opinion that no part of this conference or its concerts should be allowed to take place on SOAS property. That opinion is certain to translate into action during the coming weeks.

“From that point of view, it would seem advisable that events which are scheduled to take place on SOAS property should be removed elsewhere.”

The organisations calling for boycott are planning further action.

“If the organisers do not dissociate themselves from official Israeli sponsorship and refuse any funding from the Israeli state, we will be protesting outside the event - and perhaps inside it too,” said Prof. Jonathan Rosenhead of BRICUP.

Notes to Editors

1.    The Palestinian Call for Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel can be read at:

More detailed guidelines on how the cultural boycott should be applied can be read at:

2.    For further information contact:

Sue Blackwell     (BRICUP)        +44 (0)792 995 3893
Naomi Wimborne-Idrissi (J-BIG):        +44 (0)775 902 4659
Janet Green (BIN):                +44 (0)777 208 4856

3. BRICUP’s website is at:


Frequently Asked Questions about Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions (BDS)
Thanks to the BDS National Committee, the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural
Boycott of Israel, the Institute for Middle East Understanding, the Palestinian Grassroots Anti-
Apartheid Wall Campaign, and Birthright Unplugged for guidance on these answers.



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The Palestinian Call for Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel can be read at: