Tag Archives: East Jerusalem

“They destroyed our lives and then gave a few people a job. It is nothing”: Some unanswered questions for SodaStream

As we have previously reported Corporate Watch was recently denied a requested visit to the SodaStream factory in the illegal West Bank settlement of Mishor Adumim.

Despite the company’s insistence that anyone who visits the premises will find it to be a force for good in the area, it was not willing to let critics challenge this assertion for themselves. In a move that seems to go against its own self proclaimed eco-friendliness  SodaStream recently paid the expenses of local Brighton journalist John Keenan when he flew over from the UK to see the factory, yet they would not let researchers already in the West Bank in. Brighton is the location of EcoStream, SodaStream’s first own brand shop in the UK, and it has been met by weekly boycott demonstrations since its opening in the middle of 2012. As part of its PR strategy, SodaStream has also invited the Brighton MP Mike Weatherley to the factory. Weatherley had already previously issued strong worded statements against the protests and in support of SodaStream.

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Entrance to the SodaStream factory in the illegal settlement Mishor Adumim.

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G4S providing security services in Gilo settlement

The multinational company G4S is providing security services in the settlement of Gilo.

On the 4th February 2013 Corporate Watch researchers photographed a G4S sign on a building on the road leading to the Gilo military checkpoint.

Gilo is an illegal Israeli settlement in the Bethlehem area with over 40,000 inhabitants.

A G4S sign on a road leading to the Gilo military checkpoint, photo taken by Corporate Watch researchers 04/02/2013

A G4S sign on a road leading to the Gilo military checkpoint, photo taken by Corporate Watch researchers 04/02/2013

A building bearing a G4S sign on a road leading to the Gilo military checkpoint, photo taken by Corporate Watch researchers 04/02/2013

A building bearing a G4S sign on a road leading to the Gilo military checkpoint, photo taken by Corporate Watch researchers 04/02/2013

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A view of Gilo settllement

Some of G4S’s other operations in illegal Israeli settlements, uncovered by Corporate Watch, can be found here. Continue reading

Securing the ethnic cleansing of Silwan: Settlements in Wadi Hilweh using Pelco security equipment

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The neighbourhood of Silwan

The Palestinian neighbourhood of Silwan is experiencing harassment and home demolitions at the hands of the Israeli state and settler organisations. This ethnic cleansing is enforced by security companies and surveillance technology and facilitated by revenue from international donors and from tourism. Corporate Watch will be writing a series of articles over the coming months exposing the companies and charities carrying out this ethnic cleansing and those organisations who are funding it and profiting from it.

The communities of Wadi Hilweh and Al Bustan in Silwan in East Jerusalem are watched over by hundreds of Closed Circuit Surveillance (CCTV) cameras installed by settlers and the settler/colonial organisation El Ad. Continue reading

Orange: Still making the future bright for Israel’s illegal settlements

Authorised Orange service center in the illegal Israeli settlement of Beitar Illit - photo taken January 2013

Authorised Orange service center in the illegal Israeli settlement of Beitar Illit – photo taken January 2013

Orange has an authorised shop or kiosk, via its franchise, Partner Communications, in many of the larger settlements in both the West Bank and the occupied Golan and advertises very heavily in them. Orange mobile phone masts (operated by Partner Communications) are located both inside the settlements themselves and on land specifically confiscated for the masts. The masts are situated to benefit the settlements and the Israeli army. The Orange brand, owned by France Telecom, is entirely separate from the Partner Communications Company, but this does not mean that it is innocent in the situation. Continue reading

G4S providing services to settlements in East Jerusalem

On 26th January 2013 Corporate Watch took photos of G4S signs in the East Jerusalem settlement of Ramat Eshkol and Ramot Allon. On 31st January Corporate Watch observed Rapiscan machines at both entrances to the Western Wall compound in East Jerusalem (Rapiscan’s Israeli representative is Hashmira, which is owned by G4S – for more info see here). On 23rd January 2013 researchers photographed a G4S sign on equipment in use at at the Ohel Yitzhak synagogue in the Old City, East Jerusalem.

G4S signage on a fence in the East Jerusalem settlement of Ramat Eshkol

G4S signage on a fence in the East Jerusalem settlement of Ramat Eshkol

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More on Bezeq infrastructure in Israel’s illegal settlements

Corporate Watch has been asked by campaigners for information on Bezeq‘s telecommunications infrastructure in Israel’s illegal settlements. We have collected some more information.

Bezeq, previously a state-owned company, has historically had a monopoloy on the telecommunications market. Since the 1990s, the state has been selling off its stake in Bezeq. The company is now owned by private consortia. For more information on Bezeq click here.

Bezeq sign in the illegal Israeli settlement of Almog

Bezeq sign in the illegal Israeli settlement of Almog

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Dr Fischer Pharmaceuticals – Exploiting the Dead Sea

At Ma’ale Adumim’s Adumim mall Corporate Watch were able to buy mud from the dead sea, produced under the supervision of Dr Fischer Pharmaceuticals, a company with a sales office in Brussels. Dr Fischer’s line of Dead Sea products and cosmetics, which also included minerals from the Dead Sea, were on sale in the Ma’ale Adumim’s branch of the Israeli Body Shop.  Body Shop Israel (apparently separate from the larger international chain although using their slogans) also has a branch on the illegal East Jerusalem settlement of Pisgat Ze’ev. Body Shop Israel advertises that their pharmaceutical products are manufactured in the laboratories of Dr Fischer. Dr Fischer’s foreign sales office is:

Dr. Fischer SA / NV
149 Ave. Louise
Brussels, 1050
Belgium

Tel: 32-2-5357625
Fax: 32-2-5357575
email: info@dr-fischer.com

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