Israel is engaged in grave violations of Palestinian human
rights and international law. This includes the military occupation
and settlement of Palestinian land in the West Bank and East
Jerusalem, confirmed as illegal by the UN Security Council, and the
UK government, and the inhumane land, sea and air blockade on Gaza,
deemed a flagrant violation of international human rights and
humanitarian law by UN experts.
The TUC passed an important motion on Israel’s annexation plans at its 2020 conference and a number of trade unions alongside charities and faith leaders called for public bodies to end any complicity with Israel’s violations of international law
The Herts LGPS has investments in several companies whose products, equipment or services are used by Israel in its military occupation of the West Bank and blockade of Gaza. These companies include (as at Nov 2020): Albemarle Corporation, GKN, HSBC, Meggitt, Rolls Royce, and Ultra Electronics, to a combined value of over £42 million.
One of these has connections to the supply of projectiles containing white phosphorus, as deployed by the Israeli Army in Gaza in 2009 in contravention of international law. Another invests in Caterpillar, whose bulldozers build settlements and the Separation Wall, besides being weaponised and used by the Israeli army to demolish Palestinian homes. Others supply equipment, engines or systems used in helicopters, and military aircraft.
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The February 2020 report A/HRC/43/71 of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) contained in section VI a database of 112 firms who have, directly and indirectly, enabled, facilitated and profited from the construction and growth of the illegal settlements. UNHRC has established that these firms are complicit in violations of Palestinian human rights carried out by the Israeli government and military. The majority of companies named are domiciled in Israel, but some from the UK, US, France and the Netherlands are also noted. Those from the UK are JC Bamford Excavators Ltd, Opodo Ltd, and Greencote PLC. UNHRC also listed (in section III) a number of business activities and related issues that raise particular human rights concerns.
Quoting key statements from the UK Department of Trade advice to companies transacting business with firms operating in the settlements: “There are therefore clear risks related to economic and financial activities in the settlements, and we do not encourage or offer support to such activity. Financial transactions, investments, purchases, procurements ……… entail legal and economic risks stemming from the fact that the Israeli settlements, according to international law, are built on occupied land and are not recognised as a legitimate part of Israel’s territory ………UK citizens and businesses should also be aware of the potential reputational implications of involvement ……Those contemplating any economic or financial involvement in settlements should seek appropriate legal advice.”
Amnesty International has also advised about the human rights and reputational issues of the trade in goods and services in the settlements in its Think Twice report.
Started by: David Leigh (Herts Palestine Support Coalition)
This ePetition runs from 08/02/2021 to 31/08/2021.
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