Why Target Veolia?
Below are Veolia's crimes in the OPT that make up the basis of many campaigns targeting this company. However, Veolia is also infamous for water privatization, mismanagement, and corruption, sparking campaigns around the world on these issues as well. Find out more on our Veolia's Other Offenses page.
More recently, campaigns have sparked in the U.S. which put both Veolia and the occupation on trial! The first step in your own campaign is to see if Veolia has contracts in your community: Find out here!
Veolia operates lines 422, 425, and 427. All three lines run through the occupied West Bank, connecting illegal settlements to Israel. Additionally, lines 422 and 425 use road 443, which is a segregated road that has been built partially upon confiscated land. Although the Israeli High Court ruled that this road must be re-opened for Palestinan use, it has not been fully implemented and various checkpoints and restrictions greatly limit Palestinian use. See here for more information.Veolia buses continue to use the portions of the road still closed to Palestinians.The picture on the right reveals a Veolia (Connex) bus traveling on road number 443. The roads that these buses travel on maintain segregation in Israel/Palestine.The West Bank has been cut into pieces by these roads, which have not only decimated Palestinian towns and villages by stealing their land for construction but have also restricted the right of passage between Palestinian communities. A separate but unequal Palestinian road system is made up of low grade roads snaking under the Israelis highways, cut by checkpoints and physical barriers. See this map, “Typologies of Segregation” for a visual of how segregated roads operate in Israel/Palestine.Veolia is not only profitting from segregation in Israel/Palestine, they are supporting it.
The Tovlan landfill is owned and operated by T.M.M. Integrated Recycling Services, a company that is owned by a Veolia subsidiary: Veolia Environmental Services Israel. Veolia collects refuse from illegal settlements at the Tovlan landfill site in the occupied Jordan Valley, using captured Palestinian land and natural resources for the needs of Israeli settlements. As a July 2012 Oxfam report reveals, "Only 6 per cent of the land in the Jordan Valley is currently available for Palestinian use and development....Development is further constrained because Palestinian families and businesses, and even EU donors and aid agencies, find it nearly impossible to gain permits to build homes, toilets, wells, animal pens, or other vital infrastructure for local communities." While Veolia claims that the Tovlan landfill is located in Israel rather than in the occupied territories, the following map of the Tovlan landfill clearly reveals its location within occupied territory. Following international pressure, Veolia has sold the Toval landfill to an illegal settlement, but remains active as a supervisor and consultant, and even continues to operate the dump. See this article for more information.
Veolia Water-Israel operates the Ayalon wastewater treatment plant which is located in a settlement bloc, Modiin Ilit, between the Green Line (internationally recognized border of Palestinian land) and the illegal Separation Wall. Click here for a visual of Modiin Ilit's location. Veolia is therefore servicing an illegal Israeli settlement.
Light Rail Project
Veolia has also been involved in the construction and operation of a tramway (see right) linking illegal settlements in East Jerusalem with Israel. Until recently (see Veolia Campaign Victories), the company had a 5% share through its subsidiary Connex Israel in the operation of the project and owned 80% of Connex Jerusalem, the company operating the trains. The tramway is an infrastructure process serving illegal settlements; it therefore normalizes the occupation and makes the settlements an increasingly permanent part of the landscape, undermining chances of a just peace for the Palestinian and Israeli people. The following is a map of the light rail service route.
Blue line = Tramway route
Red line = Separation wall
Green line = 1949 Armistice line
Purple areas = Israeli illegal settlements