Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) is a Palestinian-led movement for freedom, justice and equality. BDS upholds the simple principle that Palestinians are entitled to the same rights as the rest of humanity.
As part of a regular feature, The Electronic Intifada reports on the latest developments of the Palestinian-led global boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israeli violations of human rights and policies of apartheid.
BDS campaigners scored a significant victory this month as the London Borough of Tower Hamlets voted to exclude Veolia, a French firm that has provided services to the Israeli occupation in the West Bank, from receiving any contracts with the municipality. Activists have also staged protests and launched campaigns in Ireland, Belgium, Palestine.
Tower Hamlets council in London has become the second UK local authority to pass a motion to exclude Veolia from local procurement contracts over its complicity with Israeli violations of international law.
The motion, which was moved by councillor Harun Miah of the Respect Party, was passed at a full meeting of Tower Hamlets council on February 2.
The motion requests that the Mayor of Tower Hamlets writes to Veolia to explain the council's determination not to work with Veol