Norway rules out destroying Syrian chemical arms on its soil

Image grab taken from Syrian television on Oct. 19, 2013 shows inspectors from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons at work at an undisclosed location in Syria
OSLO (AFP) — Norway said Friday it would not be able to accommodate a request from the United States to help destroy Syria’s chemical arsenal on its soil, saying the schedule was too tight.

“With the understanding of the United States we have concluded that… it’s no longer appropriate to consider Norway as a site for the destruction (of the weapons),” Foreign Minister Boerge Brende said.

Brende said the decision was based on the tight schedule — everything must be destroyed by the middle of next year — as well as technical and legal constraints.

The UN Security Council adopted its Resolution 2118 in September, demanding the destruction of Syria’s entire chemical arsenal, estimated at about 1,000 tonnes, by June 30 next year.

The resolution was a last-minute measure to prevent US air attacks on Syria in retaliation for the regime’s alleged use of the weapons against its own people.

Brende had said on Wednesday his government was studying “very seriously” a US request to accept components from the Syrian arsenal for destruction on Norwegian soil.

But even then, the Norwegian minister had pointed out obstacles to meeting the request, including the absence of expertise and the lack of infrastructure needed for a task such as this.

(Source / 25.10.2013)

Why Palestinians Should Not Recognize Israel as a Jewish State

A boy stands near an Israeli flag in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Ofra, north of Ramallah, July 18, 2013.
Anyone who honestly seeks evidence that the Palestinian leadership is serious about its pursuit of a peace settlement with Israel is bound to find more than enough of that. In fact, there is so much evidence that it may cast the Palestinian position as one of weakness and desperate eagerness. That would be a misreading of a responsible and principled position based on what the Palestinian leadership thinks is in the best interest of the peoples of the region, the Palestinian people foremost.

Further testing and continuously raising the bar, by insisting on unreasonable demands to check Palestinian intentions, is counterproductive and threatens what could be the last opportunity to achieve peace based on a two-state solution. Putting demands on the Palestinians that are tantamount to asking them to accept Zionist credos cannot be taken seriously. A case in point is the demand that the Palestinians recognize Israel as a Jewish state.

Despite the fact that the Palestine Liberation Organization has recognized the state of Israel for more than 20 years — with no reciprocal recognition by Israel of the state of Palestine — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has now added the issue of recognition of Israel as a “Jewish state” as a precondition for any agreement. He is the first Israeli prime minister to make such a demand, and it has largely been recognized for what it is — an attempt to undermine the negotiations and ensure that no agreement is reached.

Not knowing what is happening in the current negotiations, I will venture to explain why such a condition should have no place on the negotiating table. Simply stated, this demand is discriminatory in that it concedes to all Jews, exclusively, an innate right to be in Palestine, whereupon Palestinians who live in Palestine do so only by permission of “the Jewish state” and not as an innate right. In fact, by recognizing Israel as a Jewish state, Palestinians would be stating that their presence in Palestine has been illegitimate all along. Of course, this is out of the question, and Palestinians cannot accept it.

Palestinians have a historic right to be in Palestine and to exercise their right to self-determination and establish a sovereign state of their own. Hence, recognizing Israel as a Jewish state challenges and puts in jeopardy the rights of all Palestinians who continue to live in their ancestral land as well as the rights of Palestinian refugees who were forcibly displaced and expelled from their homes in 1948 to make way for a state with a Jewish majority.

Because Palestinians cannot and will not undermine their own cause, they cannot and should not recognize Israel except as a state of its people, and its people are not all Jews. In fact, 25% of the current population of Israel is non-Jewish. This is another reason why the Palestinians cannot recognize Israel as a Jewish state, but also why whoever calls for such should be called to task.

Some may argue that UN General Assembly Resolution 181 of 1947, the Partition Plan, called for the establishment of a Jewish state and an Arab state. This, however, was a different sort of state than the one that Netanyahu wants recognized. Resolution 181 on partition with economic union sought to resolve communal strife. Thus, the United Nations decided to create two separate states for the Palestinians — one for Palestinian Jews (and not exclusively Jewish in terms of its inhabitants) and one for Arab Palestinians (which would have included a small Jewish community).

What Netanyahu is insisting on today is very different, so it is disingenuous to use Resolution 181 as the basis for legitimizing this demand. Indeed, a state for Palestinian Jews is not the same as a state for the Jews of the world. This is not to deny Israel the right to receive Jews from the rest of the world within its recognized boundaries. Once Israel was recognized as a sovereign member of the United Nations, with the condition that it respect all UN resolutions, including Resolution 194 [on the issue of refugees and compensation], it got leave to manage its own affairs, including immigration, subject to the said condition.

Once the state of Palestine receives equal treatment from the international community, Israel and Palestine will both be bound by what governs relations between states, mutual recognition included. Instead of asking Palestinians to recognize Israel as a Jewish state, it is Israel that should be called upon to recognize the state of Palestine and to withdraw completely from all the territory that it occupied with the force of arms in 1967. This would be a more meaningful demand from those interested in the success of the present negotiations. Instead of testing Palestinian seriousness, all others concerned should now show similar seriousness about the pursuit of a peace settlement that is just, comprehensive and durable.

(Source / 25.10.2013)

Fatah member killed in south Lebanon refugee camp

BEIRUT (Ma’an) — Gunmen on Friday killed a Fatah member in the Ain al-Hilweh refugee camp in Sidon in southern Lebanon.

A Palestinian source from the camp said that unidentified gunmen shot Mesaad Hujair, a member of the joint Palestinian security force, dead on al-Fawqani Street.

The bullet penetrated Hujair’s eye and exited from the back of his head. He was taken to al-Nida al-Insani hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Gunmen soon deployed in the streets of the camp, and members of Hujair’s family blocked the main road nearby as tensions erupted, the sources added.

The shooting might be in retaliation to the shooting of Jund al-Sham group member Hussein al-Tawil last week. That shooting left al-Tawil paralyzed, the sources added.

There are an estimated 400,000 Palestinian refugees in Lebanon.

Around 800,000 Palestinians were expelled from their homes inside Israel during the 1948 ethnic cleansing that led to the creation of the State of Israel, and today their descendants number around five million, spread across the world.

(Source / 25.10.2013)

1 november: regiezitting hoger beroep Joke Kaviaar

mb_thoughtcrimeOp 1 november start het hoger beroep van de staat tegen Joke Kaviaar met een zogeheten regiezitting van het Amsterdamse Gerechtshof. Deze vindt plaats in het nieuwe gebouw van het Hof, IJdok 20, om 2 uur ‘s middags.

Waar gaat het ook alweer over?

Joke Kaviaar schrijft al jarenlang met scherpe pen opinieartikelen over migratiepolitiek, vluchtelingen, repressie, en de strijd tegen grenzen, voor vrijheid van beweging, tegen kapitalisme, voor solidariteit en vrijheid. Justitie heeft haar als doelwit gekozen om het verzet tegen detentiecentra en deportaties te beteugelen en heeft haar aangeklaagd wegens opruiing. Van de zaak tegen haar moet een dreiging uitgaan en dus werden en worden alle mogelijke middelen ingezet: arrestatie, huiszoeking, inbeslagnames, take-down van de website, en tenslotte de veroordeling tot een onvoorwaardelijke gevangenisstraf van vier maanden op 22 januari jl.

Het heeft justitie niets mogen baten!

20502_634783013206579_1538185313_nDe teksten waar het om gaat, zijn juist meer gelezen. Mirrors van de gecensureerde en binnen een dag weer teruggezette website http://www.jokekaviaar.nl verschenen op nieuwe plaatsen op het internet, en Joke schrijft en publiceert nogal altijd felle aanvallen op de politiek, haar ambtenaren, en de op winst beluste detentie- en deportatieindustrie. Acties tegen de migratiebeheersing en de jacht op vluchtelingen gaan onverminderd door. De Nederlandse regering wil illegaliteit strafbaar stellen en er vallen regelmatig doden op straat, in detentiecentra en aan de buitengrenzen van het Fort Europa. De staat zal het verzet niet stoppen en zal er niet in slagen schrijvers zoals Joke Kaviaar de mond te snoeren. Elk woord een vonk! Elke vonk een vlam! Vuur aan de schenen van de macht!

Regiezitting; vragen over de betrokkenheid van de AIVD

Op 1 november gaat het nog niet over de aanklacht zelf, de inhoudelijke behandeling van de zaak wordt in het eerste kwartaal van 2014 verwacht. Tijdens de regiezitting wordt wel het verdere verloop van de behandeling in hoger beroep bepaald.
aivdleestmeeJoke’s advocaat Jeroen Soeteman heeft verbalisanten van de Nationale Recherche als getuigen opgeroepen en zal op 1 november vragen hen tijdens de inhoudelijke behandeling van de zaak onder ede te horen over de start van het onderzoek “Gulkana”. In het dossier is dit weggemoffeld onder een proces-verbaal waarin de verbalisant doet alsof hij toevallig al surveillerend op internet op de website met de ‘opruiende’ teksten stuitte. Waar het in werkelijkheid sterk naar riekt is dat de zaak door de AIVD in gang is gezet om informatie te vergaren door buitensporig huiszoeking en ander onderzoek te laten verrichten. Dat de AIVD veel aandacht heeft voor de artikelen van Joke Kaviaar is al duidelijk sinds 2009. In een rapport uitgebracht september jl. stelde de AIVD nog dat zij “doorgaat met het schrijven van opruiende en dreigende teksten”.

In het kader van het hoger beroep zal ook worden gevraagd de meer dan 300 bij de huiszoeking genomen foto’s aan het procesdossier toe te voegen. Daarvan zijn er nu slechts enkele aanwezig. Tot slot zijn er nog steeds vragen over de oorspronkelijk aanklacht ‘opruiing met terroristisch oogmerk’ waarmee Joke toen ze vastzat werd geconfronteerd. Het lijkt erop dat dit behalve intimidatie ook een manier is geweest om gebruik te kunnen maken van de bevoegdheden van de terrorisme wetgeving. Wat justitie daarmee precies gedaan heeft, is echter niet in te zien doordat de verzwaarde aanklacht niet meer in de dagvaarding staat. Al met al valt de hele zaak tegen Joke Kaviaar dus niet alleen te zien als een juridische testcase maar ook als regelrecht machtsmisbruik, waarvan het bewijs zorgvuldig is weggehouden uit het procesdossier.

Steun de strijd voor de vrijheid, in woord en daad! Hou deze website in de gaten voor updates!

Steungroep 13 september

(Source / 25.10.2013)

Palestinians arrested over Israel ‘drone’ attack plot

Hamas says arrest is ‘proof of security cooperation’ between Israel and the PNA

Ramallah: The Palestinian security services in the West Bank have arrested three students accused of plotting to build a “drone” with which to attack Israel, a source said on Friday.

The three Hebron University engineering students had intended to build a pilotless aircraft equipped with explosives, according to the Palestinian security source.

But before they could carry out the attack, they were arrested by the security services of the Palestinian National Authority (PNA), which governs the West Bank, the source said without giving any more details.

Hamas, the Islamist movement which rules the Gaza Strip, issued a statement denouncing “this new proof of security cooperation between the occupation [Israel] and the services of the Palestinian [National] Authority.”

It also criticised the PNA for “hindering all the efforts of the resistance and protecting the security of the occupation”.

The movement did not say, however, if it had been involved in the alleged plot.

On April 25, Israel shot down a drone from Lebanon off its northern coast in the second such incident in seven months, which it blamed on the Lebanese Shiite movement Hezbollah.

(Source / 25.10.2013)

Egypt police fire teargas on Morsi supporters

Tear gas used after clashes in Alexandria and Suez, as Morsi supporters stage protests in towns and cities across Egypt.

Friday’s rallies were the start of a week-long campaign until November 4 when Morsi is to appear in court
Police have used teargas to disperse demonstrations of supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in Egypt’s second city, Alexandria, and in Suez.

Thousands of supporters of Egypt’s first elected president Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood group marched in Cairo and other cities, to keep pressure on the military-backed leadership.

Morsi supporters turned out on Friday to demonstrate in Cairo’s southern district of Maadi, calling for Morsi to be reinstated and urging military leader General Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi to step aside.

Other scattered protests occurred across Egypt.

In Suez, police fired tear gas to disperse around 4,000 pro-Morsi demonstrators, a local witness said.

And in Alexandria, around 1,000 demonstrators blocked the Corniche, the main road along the Mediterranean seafront, and chanted slogans against the army and police, a witness said.

Residents and drivers threw stones at the demonstrators to try to force them to let traffic through, which triggered
clashes.

Police responded by firing teargas to disperse the crowds. Two people were arrested.

Residents and pro-Morsi protesters also clashed in the Wardeyan area of western Alexandria until police fired teargas
to disperse the crowds, a witness said.

Morsi was overthrown along with his Muslim Brotherhood-led government in a July 3 coup after millions protested against his leadership, claiming the Islamist president was incompetent and overstepped his authority during a year in power.

Since then, his supporters have staged near-daily rallies around the country, protesting security crackdown in which hundreds have been killed and more than 2,000 of group’s members have been jailed. Morsi has been held incommunicado since his ousting and a court has ordered an outright ban on his group.

An umbrella group of Islamist parties, including the Brotherhood, said Friday’s rallies were the beginning of a weeklong protest campaign until November 4 when Morsi is scheduled to appear in court.

The campaign has been dubbed the week of “steadfastness”.

Morsi faces criminal charges accusing him of inciting the murder of rallying opponents while he was in office.

Authorities have not said whether Morsi will appear at the hearing. If he does, it will be his first public appearance since the coup.

(Source / 25.10.2013)

United Nations: Half of Syrians living in poverty

 
Syrian refugees stand on a road that passes through their makeshift tents in central Ankara Oct. 20, 2013.

 

Syria’s war has destroyed livelihoods and collapsed the economy, leaving more than half the country’s population in poverty, according to a report commissioned by U.N. agencies this month.

Some 115,000 people have been killed and millions displaced since the war broke out in 2011, and the report warned that the economic devastation wrought by the conflict could be felt for years to come.

“More than half the population now live in poverty, with 7.9 million people becoming poor since the beginning of the crisis, of whom 4.4 million now live in extreme poverty,” the report said.

Unemployment has soared to 48.6 percent, education in Syria “is in the midst of a silent disaster” with 49 percent of children out of school, and the health sector faces “significant collapse,” it warned.

Syria’s GDP is in a state of “spectacular collapse,” the report said, having contracted by 34.3 percent in the first quarter of 2013, and 39.6 percent in the second, compared to 2012.

“The Syrian economy experienced massive de-industrialization as a result of business closure and bankruptcy, capital flight, looting and destruction,” it said.

By the first quarter of 2013, the country had suffered a total economic loss of $103.1 billion (75 billion euros), which is equivalent to 147 percent of Syria’s 2010 GDP at constant prices.

The war has also spawned black markets and criminal activity, as well as “economies of violence that will plague post-conflict economic regulation,” the report said.

“Increasingly, business people are operating in markets punctuated by economies of violence, where racketeering, extortion, smuggling and criminality encroach on legitimate businesses and endanger the welfare of ordinary business folk,” it added.

The war’s distortion of the labour market has meanwhile forced many ordinary people to seek jobs in smuggling, extortion, kidnapping and looting to survive, despite the dangers.

The economy has also suffered from the flight of skilled workers and capital, with agriculture having risen to an “unprecedented” 54 percent share of GDP.

The report was commissioned by the UN Development Fund and the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees, and was prepared by the Damascus-based Syrian Centre for Policy Research.

The report’s findings focus on the period covering April to June 2013.

(Source / 25.10.2013)

 

5 dead in Syria-related clashes in north Lebanon

Lebanese general security forces at a checkpoint at the southeastern entrance of Tripoli as part of a security plan, on Oct. 4, 2013

TRIPOLI, Lebanon (AFP) — The death toll from five days of clashes in Lebanon’s northern city of Tripoli between supporters and opponents of the Syrian regime has climbed to five, a security official said Friday.

With the clashes intensifying, another 47 people have been wounded since gun-battles broke out on Monday while an interview with Syrian President Bashar Assad was being aired on television.

“Fierce clashes broke out once again last night pitting gunmen from (the majority Sunni, anti-Assad) Bab al-Tebbaneh against (the Alawite, pro-Assad) Jabal Mohsen neighborhoods,” said the official, who spoke to AFP on condition of anonymity.

“Fighting raged until 5:00 a.m. (0200 GMT), and machineguns, rockets and mortar rounds were used,” he said, adding that one person was killed while an army officer and a soldier were among 10 wounded.

The latest fighting “was the fiercest in terms of the intensity of fire and the types of weapons used,” said the official.

The five killed this week were residents of Bab al-Tebbaneh and Jabal Mohsen.

Residents of the two impoverished neighborhoods, which have suffered frequent rounds of fighting ever since the outbreak of conflict in neighboring Syria in 2011, have fled their homes for other parts of the city.

Schools and universities have been closed in Tripoli since mid-week.

Lebanon is deeply divided into pro- and anti-Damascus camps.

The division has widened since Lebanese Shiite militant group Hezbollah admitted in May it was sending fighters into Syria to support Assad’s troops.

Small radical Sunni organizations have also sent men across the border to fight alongside the rebels.

Lebanon was dominated politically and militarily by Damascus for 30 years until 2005.

(Source / 25.10.2013)

West Bank village marks 7 years of popular resistance

The markedly stone-free protests in al Ma’asara are nevertheless violently suppressed by the Israeli army. ”We see the soldiers here with their guns, their boots, their shields and their helmets protecting the wall – but we know the real problem is the wall that is in their minds,” protest leader says.

About 200 Palestinian, Israeli and international activists attended this week’s Friday demonstration against the wall and settlements in the village of al-Ma’asara, south of Bethlehem. The larger-than-usual crowd gathered at noon in the village center to commemorate seven years of popular struggle in the village – seven years of weekly marches toward the land where the separation barrier is planned to run.

Construction of the fence in this area was in fact halted about four years ago, leaving behind only a patrol road that scars the landscape and a massive gap in the separation barrier. But protests against the yet un-canceled plans and ongoing land grabs by nearby settlements continue. Demonstrations in al-Ma’asara are marked by the almost complete lack of stone throwing but have still been consistently oppressed by the army, which always tries to stop activists from reaching their land and sometimes also uses tear gas, stun grenades and arrests to deter villagers from showing their dissent.

The larger and more festive procession this week took the usual route from the village center to the land using the village’s main road, only to find it blocked by soldiers at the entrance to the village – as the army does every week. Activists tried to break through the row of soldiers with their hands in the air and after failing to pass sat down on the ground in front of the soldiers.

A border police officer stated he was declaring the village a “closed military zone,” giving demonstrators five minutes to leave the area. “You are standing on occupied land in a liberated Palestinian village – so it is you that have five minutes to leave,” answered Hassan Brijieh of the popular committee in the village.

“We see the soldiers here with their guns, their boots, their shields and their helmets protecting the wall – but we know the real problem is the wall that is in their minds,” preached popular committee member Mahmoud Zwhare. “We call upon you, soldiers, to open your minds and see that people from all over the world are rejecting Israeli war crimes. There are Israelis here amongst us who are choosing peace and justice. You can do the same.”

Zwhare was followed by Rabbi Brant Rose from Chicago, leading a small group of Jewish solidarity activists, who said that to him joining these Palestinian demonstrations was no less than a mitzva, a sacred calling, which echoes the very basis of Judaism in that it is siding with the weak against oppression. Meanwhile, outside the village in the nearby settlements of Gush Etzion, a mirror tour was taking place: a group called American Jews for a Safe Israel showed its support for the soldiers and occupiers.

After about an hour and a half the demonstration ended and while activists were returning to the village, soldiers followed them in. At one point a couple of kids from the village threw stones at the invading jeeps and were answered with a few tear gas grenades fired on the main road. The whole incident ended shortly and back at the village center popular committee members stated they would continue with their struggle.

Europe’s ambiguous relationship with Israel

Mishor Adumim Industrial Zone. After the United States, Europe is the largest purchaser of Israeli products, some of which are produced in the illegal settlements / Photo: AICMishor Adumim Industrial Zone. After the United States, Europe is the largest purchaser of Israeli products, some of which are produced in the illegal settlements / Photo: AIC

Europe’s relationship with Israel and its occupation policies is not a straightforward one. The European Union does not acknowledge settlements as legal or part of Israel, yet European companies continue to profit from the economy of the occupation and siege.

Catherine Ashton, the High Representative for Foreign Affairs, does not tire of mentioning the European Union’s refusal to recognise Israeli settlements at official events: “The EU position on settlements, including in East Jerusalem, is clear: they are illegal under international law [and] an obstacle to peace.” However when it comes to taking concrete actions against the occupation, Europe’s role has thus far proven weak.

A recent example of this are the updated guidelines published by the European Commission in July of this year. When the EU announced that it would no longer support illegal Israeli settlements, the Washington Post headlined with “EU takes action”, whereas the majority of European newspapers instead decided to focus their coverage on the declared outrage of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who warned of a deep diplomatic crisis in the event the new guidelines are implemented.

According to the EU, Israeli institutions and organizations that are located inside or operate within territories beyond the 1967 borders will not be eligible for EU-grants, loans or prizes – such as scientific research projects – from 2014 onwards. Furthermore, they demand that in any future agreements with the EU, Israel formally declares that the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Golan Heights are not part of the State of Israel.

“The guidelines are a good message and a first step”, says Aneta Jerska from the European Coordination of Committees and Associations for Palestine (ECCP) in Brussels that represents Palestinian organizations at the European Union. However, she also states that: “The guidelines are very weak and have a lot of gaps. They are not valid for individual member states, the business sector and Israeli individuals.”

Now, only three months after the publication of the guidelines, there is a high risk that, as a consequence of Israel’s heavy bargaining, the new guidelines and conditions will be diluted. Jerska warns that: “Israel wants to achieve an agreement whereby they don’t need to sign a disclosure statement that the settlements are not part of Israel.” The ECCP is currently pressuring the EU not to fold in the face of Israel’s demands.

Even if the guidelines were fully implemented, one key problem would remain: the indirect involvement of European companies. The EU is Israel’s main trading partner; 34.4% of all imports come from, and a quarter of all exports (25.1%) go to Europe. After the United States, Europe is the largest purchaser of Israeli products, some of which are produced in the illegal settlements.

Settlement products however represent only a fraction of the occupation’s economy, “They constitute only a small percentage of the occupation industries. More important are the dozens of companies that build the infrastructure, provide services through machines or operate in the industrial settlements”, points out Rona Moran from Who Profits (www.whoprofits.org), an organization that investigates and researches the profiteers of the occupation.

Moran confirms that many of the 507 companies profiting from the occupation are European. The new fast-train project currently under construction in Israel has, for example, been the recipient of $1.9 billion of investment from European companies. This project represents a critical point in EU companies’ complicity in the occupation as the route of the train – connecting Tel Aviv and Jerusalem – crosses the Green Line and enters Palestinian territory for approximately six kilometres. Even the state-owned German railroad company “Deutsche Bahn” has contributed to the planning process. Only after the German Minister of Transportation interposed did Deutsche Bahn withdraw its assistance in 2011.

Despite the fact that this case has been discussed in the German public arena, some German companies are still engaged in the obviously unlawful railway project today. “Herrenknecht should get more attention”, says Moran. Herrenknecht is a German company based in Schwanau that produces the tunnel-boring machines used in the construction of the fast-train line, “We wrote them an email and informed them of the facts but they didn’t change anything. They know exactly how unlawful this project is”, explains Moran. “H+E Logistik” from Bochum, a full subsidiary of Herrenknecht, provides tunnel belt and conveyor systems as well.

“Some of the companies are multinational global players”, confirms Moran. Siemens, a noted German technology corporation, for instance, delivered traffic control systems for Israeli-only bypass roads in the West Bank. Furthermore, Siemens sold 118 passenger coaches to the Israeli railway corporation, which Who Profits believes will be used for the fast-train. The press department of Siemens, one of the largest technology companies in the world, did not respond to AIC enquiries into these accusations.

It is not only German companies that profit from the occupation, the Belgian Bank “Dexia Group“ holds the majority share of its Israeli branch, “Dexia Israel”, which provides loans to Israeli settlement municipalities. Announcements by the Bank of its intentions to sell its Israeli daughter company have not yet been realized, “They are always announcing the closure, but nothing happens”, says Rona Moran.

Another example is that of “Veolia Environment”, a French company that has been criticized for years because of its role in managing the landfills of settlement waste in the occupied Jordan Valley. Veolia also partially owns the firms that were contracted to build and run the Light Train in Jerusalem, CityPass consortium and Connex Jerusalem. The Light Train was constructed in order to connect illegal settlements to the city of Jerusalem. In 2010, Veolia said it would sell its shares, until now however, nothing has happened. Veolia, much like many other European companies, is still profiting from the occupation – and represents therefor, an obstacle to peace.

(Source / 25.10.2013)