Ruby Lawson wrote to Islington Gazette: Hackney version the following excellent letter, the content is as follow;
I have been following the discussion about Veolia in the Letters and comments section of the Gazette and as a resident of Hackney, I am deeply concerned about the contract that the NLWA is considering handing over to this unethical company.
I recently returned from a trip to the West Bank where I worked with farmers living close to the Illegal Israeli Settlements. My role was accompany the local farmers to try and ensure a safe Olive Harvest. Throughout the year these ideological settlers destroy the farmers’ olive trees by burning the trees and even pouring chemicals on the land to ensure the soil is ruined, destroying these farmers livelihood. Through out the year these ideological settlers destroy the farmers olive trees by burning the trees and even pouring chemicals on the land to ensure the soil is ruined, destroying these farmers’ livelihood.
This destruction and violence from settlers is not uncommon within the West Bank. One family I met were victims of this violence on a daily basis. Settlers attacked the mother and hospitalised the two young children after beating them and even throwing the youngest from an upstairs window.
As I’m sure you can imagine, I was absolutely horrified to discover when I returned home to hear that the NLWA is considering handing over billions of pounds to Veolia, a company that serves these Illegal Israeli Settlements and will even serve the recently declared new settlement in Jerusalem.
And I must say how dare David Lewis of Lawyers for Israel, a non Hackney resident, claim that the local people fighting Veolia’s bid do not care about Hackney residents. Mr Lewis’s letter is clearly nothing more than a few cheap shots from an organisation that openly represents the interests of a foreign country.
See her letter and another 2 important letters regarding our campaign in Islington Gazette: Hackney version at page 20;