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Monday, June 08, 2009

French company succumbs to Israel boycott

From Ma'an:
Under pressure from pro-Palestine campaigners, a French company is poised to withdraw from the controversial Jerusalem Light Rail project that links the city center to illegal West Bank settlements.

The company Veolia, which was supposed to operate the transport system after its construction, is now abandoning the project and also seeking to sell its 5% stake in Citypass light rail consortium, according to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz.

Campaigners in Europe targeted Veolia and another company, Alstom, over their involvement in the project, ultimately causing Veolia to lose 7 billion US dollars in contracts in Bordeaux, Stockholm, and West Midlands, England. Dutch activists also convinced a Dutch bank to divest from Veolia.
The US government penalizes companies that adhere to the Arab boycott against Israel.

Veolia has many transportation projects in the US.

Perhaps someone should inform the Bureau of Industry and Security at the Department of Commerce?

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