September 1, 2015
“The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement and its worldwide partners are celebrating the withdrawal of the huge French corporation Veolia from the Jerusalem Light Rail (JLR), an illegal rail system built to facilitate the growth and expansion of Israeli colonial settlements on occupied Palestinian territory.
“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.”
“Riya Hassan, the BNC’s Europe coordinator, said, ‘Veolia is still a target for union activists, environmentalists and anti-privatization campaigners, due to its record of anti-labour policies and involvement in the privatization of public water. All those still being affected by Veolia’s policies and struggling for accountability and reparations can continue to count on our solidarity. The BDS movement takes cross-struggle solidarity to heart.'”
Read the full Palestinian BDS National Committee statement.
As SVS celebrates this BDS victory, we continue to stand in solidarity with local Access riders and Access drivers to protect the Access service and these jobs from all of the injustices stemming from Veolia / Transdev’s privatization of this important public service for our disability and elderly community.