29 April 2010 Edition
Palestine campaigners target LUAS operator's complicity with Israeli apartheid
LUAS stop ‘taken over’ ahead of Dublin City Council Veolia motion
THE Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) on Saturday staged the latest in a series of actions aimed at highlighting French multinational and LUAS operator Veolia’s complicity in Israel’s apartheid regime. For two hours the IPSC took over the St Stephen’s Green LUAS stop, decking the area in Palestinian flags, balloons and placards. Thousands of information leaflets were distributed.
The response from the public was overwhelmingly positive and many people were visibly shocked when they found out that Veolia is involved in the Israeli Jerusalem Light Rail and other illegal projects (such as the Tovlan landfill dump) in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.
The aim of the IPSC action was twofold; awareness raising around the issue of Veolia’s role in entrenching apartheid in Palestine, and building support for the anti-Veolia motion before Dublin City Council on Monday, 10 May.
IPSC Chairperson Dr David Landy said:
“If passed, this motion would be a monumental victory for the international ‘Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions’ (BDS) campaign, it would add to the string of defeats Veolia has faced internationally in the past few years resulting from their operations in illegally occupied Palestine. It would represent a European capital city saying ‘No’ to complicity with Israeli apartheid and will put further pressure on Veolia to cease their operations in occupied Palestine.”
Dr Landy continued:
“It is vitally important that supporters of the BDS movement in the Dublin City Council zone contact their local councillors and ask them to vote in favour of the motion on 10 May.”
He finished by reading a statement by the Palestinian Boycott National Committee (BNC) urging Dublin city councillors to vote ‘Yes’ to the motion and asking the City Manager to support its implementation.
LUAS LINE: People were shocked to discover that Veolia is involved in illegal projects in Palestine
More information about Veolia’s operations in occupied Palestine can be found at http://www.ipsc.ie/veolia