Middle East Monitor

October 2011
Monthly Media Digest

By Ibrahim Hewitt, Zulaikha Abdullah and Samira Quraishy

  • Alstom lost the bid for the second phase of the Saudi Haramain Railway project, worth 10 billion US dollars, following pressure exerted by the global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign. This included effective campaigning from the newly launched KARAMA - a European campaign to Keep Alstom Rail and Metro Away.

  • Riyadh bans any dealings with a Jordanian company which has, it is claimed, exported Israeli produce to Saudi Arabia. The company involved manufactures fertilizers and industrial chemicals and apparently used phosphoric acid from Israel in the materials it then exported to Saudi.

  • 58% of students at Cambridge have voted to break a contract with Veolia; a company implicated in Israeli human rights abuses. Students involved in the campaign have pledged to continue their efforts to ensure that Veolia's contract, which expires in September 2012, is not renewed.

  • Edinburgh University Student Association (EUSA) recently passed an overwhelming motion through its Student Council to block their contract with security firm G4S. The company supplies equipment and services to Israel for use at checkpoints, police stations, and settlements in the occupied West Bank as well as at Israeli prisons.

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