VIDEO: Veolia’s Tovlan landfill site in the Occupied Jordan Valley
Tovlan landfill is built on stolen Palestinian land. The landfill serves the needs of the Israeli population. Under international law, Israel is prohibited from using occupied land for the sole benefit of its own civilian population.
In Resolution 63/201 of 28 January 2009, the UN General Assembly explicitly addressed the issue. It called : upon Israel, the occupying Power, to cease the dumping of all kinds of waste materials in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and in the occupied Syrian Golan, which gravely threaten their natural resources, namely water and land resources, and pose an environmental hazard and health threat to the civilian populations.
Meanwhile, Veolia digs its heels deeper into the Israeli occupation by offering services to the Israeli army. In mid-August of this year, according to the Who Profits newsletter, Veolia subsidiary YRAV Sherutei Noy 1985 won a contract for waste collection services from the Israeli army bases in the Jordan Valley.
In a newsletter of 21 November 2011, Who Profits writes that, according to the Civil Administration, eight Israeli companies hold permits to transfer waste to Tovlan landfill, including Veolia subsidiaries TMM Integrated Recycling Services and YRAV Sherutei Noy 1985.
The information provided by the Civil Administration shows that waste from recycling factories in Israel and from the Hiriya site (southeast of Tel Aviv) is transported to Tovlan landfill. The recycling factories are located in the areas of HaSharon, Sgula, Haifa and Afula. Who Profits writes: The waste transferred to the landfill consists of municipal solid waste, construction waste, sterilized medical waste and electronic waste.
The Civil Administration mentioned that there is no permit for bringing hazardous waste into the site. The average amount of waste that originates inside Israel and is permitted to be buried in the site is 19,000 tons a month.
The global Derail Veolia and Alstom Campaign calls for boycott and divestment of Veolia for its complicity in Israel’s violations of international law. Veolia holds contracts with the Israeli authorities related to the operation of the Jerusalem Light Rail, the dumping of waste in Tovlan landfill in the Jordan Valley, the operation of Israeli bus services that run in the West Bank, and the treatment of wastewater from Modi’in Illit settlement. The Derail Veolia and Alstom Campaign will keep the two companies under pressure until they no longer benefit from the Israeli colonization and occupation of Palestine.