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Abergavenny  PSC are calling  on the Welsh Government, in furtherance of its ethical procurement policy, not to issue contracts to companies providing goods and /or services to settlements on occupied Palestinian land. Such settlements are deemed illegal under international law and companies providing such goods and / or services can be construed as committing an act of grave misconduct under Regulation 23 of the Public contracts Regulations 2006.

They are calling on members of the public to support their petition on 38 degrees> 

Why is this important?

Companies guilty of such misconduct include G4S and Veolia. G4S provides services and equipment inside occupied territory to checkpoints and the Separation Wall (declared illegal by the International Court of Justice in 2004). Veolia and subsidiaries have provided transport systems inside occupied territory including a tramway linking settlements with Israel (declared illegal in April 2010 by the UN Human Rights Council [A/HRC/RES/13/7], the resolution being passed 44 to 1, with the UK, France and all EU members of the Council voting in favour.) Through its subsidiary TMM, Veolia has also been operating the Tovlan landfill site in the occupied Jordan Valley for many years, supporting Israel’s settlements in the West Bank by taking their refuse.)

The petition aims to open up a debate in the Senedd to prevent the Welsh government from giving business to firms complicit in the illegal Israeli occupation of Palestine.  The firms include G4S which is involved in the security and prison systems of Israel and as such is complicit in the maltreatment of abducted Palestinian children and other prisoners.  Veolia is another major company supporting the illegal actions of the Israeli state.