Website policy

We provide links to articles we think will be of interest to our supporters. We are sympathetic to much of the content of what we post, but not to everything. The fact that something has been linked to here does not necessarily mean that we endorse the views expressed in it.


BSST is the leading charity focusing on small-scale grass roots cross community, anti poverty and humanitarian projects in Israel/Palestine

JfJfP comments


06 May: Tair Kaminer starts her fifth spell in gaol. Send messages of support via Reuven Kaminer

04 May: Against the resort to denigration of Israel’s critics


23 Dec: JfJfP policy statement on BDS

14 Nov: Letter to the Guardian about the Board of Deputies

11 Nov: UK ban on visiting Palestinian mental health workers

20 Oct: letter in the Guardian

13 Sep: Rosh Hashanah greetings

21 Aug: JfJfP on Jeremy Corbyn

29 July: Letter to Evening Standard about its shoddy reporting

24 April: Letter to FIFA about Israeli football

15 April: Letter re Ed Miliband and Israel

11 Jan: Letter to the Guardian in response to Jonathan Freedland on Charlie Hebdo


15 Dec: Chanukah: Celebrating the miracle of holy oil not military power

1 Dec: Executive statement on bill to make Israel the nation state of the Jewish people

25 Nov: Submission to All-Party Parliamentary Group Against Antisemitism

7 Sept: JfJfP Executive statement on Antisemitism

3 Aug: Urgent disclaimer

19 June Statement on the three kidnapped teenagers

25 April: Exec statement on Yarmouk

28 Mar: EJJP letter in support of Dutch pension fund PGGM's decision to divest from Israeli banks

24 Jan: Support for Riba resolution

16 Jan: EJJP lobbies EU in support of the EU Commission Guidelines, Aug 2013–Jan 2014


29 November: JfJfP, with many others, signs a "UK must protest at Bedouin expulsion" letter

November: Press release, letter to the Times and advert in the Independent on the Prawer Plan

September: Briefing note and leaflet on the Prawer Plan

September: JfJfP/EJJP on the EU guidelines with regard to Israel

14th June: JfJfP joins other organisations in protest to BBC

2nd June: A light unto nations? - a leaflet for distribution at the "Closer to Israel" rally in London

24 Jan: Letter re the 1923 San Remo convention

18 Jan: In Support of Bab al-Shams

17 Jan: Letter to Camden New Journal about Veolia

11 Jan: JfJfP supports public letter to President Obama

Comments in 2012 and 2011



Factsheet 5


Factsheet 5

Veolia’s racist practices in its recruitment practices

Download as PDF

In 2010, Veolia placed a newspaper advertisement to recruit operatives for its Jerusalem Light Railway project. The advertisement was in Hebrew but the original and an English translation are supplied below.

Palestinians living in the eastern area that the JLR covers (i.e. in occupied East Jerusalem), are in any event barred from applying to operate it.

However, in its advertisement Veolia was clearly looking to go beyond excluding Palestinians from the OPT from its workforce, but also to exclude Palestinian citizens of Israel (often referred to as ‘Israeli Arabs’) – who make up approximately 20% of the population – from applying for or from being offered the posts. The evidence for this are the twin requirements stated in the advertisement (i) for linguistic competence in Hebrew to be to ‘mother tongue’ standard and (ii) for a standard record of past military/civic service.

Hebrew to mother tongue standard is a deliberate discriminatory hurdle. The advertisement could have asked for sufficient competence in Hebrew to operate trains, but instead went beyond this to send a message to would-be applicants about which racial/ethnic group is really preferred.

The requirement for a standard record of past military/civic service is also deliberately discriminatory. Palestinian citizens of Israel are not called up to serve as conscripts in the Israeli Defence Forces – so cannot be expected to meet Veolia’s requirement. The civic service alternative is also discriminatory.  Civic service is almost entirely managed by bodies that direct the giving of such service within Jewish communities only.

In view of the above, public bodies must ask why and how it can allow Veolia – with its de facto ‘Palestinians need not apply’ policy – to be considered as a suitable candidate for tendering for public contracts.

Veolia ad for operators for the Jerusalem light rail (larger image available on request):

September 12, 2010

Translation (literal):

(on the picture: “The light rail opens a door for you…”)

Wanted for the light rail in Jerusalem

Control and operations workers

Job requirements:

25 year old or older; residence in Jerusalem and the area; Hebrew at a mother tongue level, English at a 4 units level; full army service/ civic service; advantage to technological education; B level driving license with at least 2 year experience; full control of a computerized environment; no criminal record; good health; the work is in shifts, including weekends; good concentration abilities; good learning abilities; trust-worthiness; dedication; good performance under stress

Print Friendly