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Dump Veolia as sponsor of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition

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Dump Veolia as sponsor of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition


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Veolia has dumped itself!!!

Veolia Environnement has announced it will not be renewing its sponsorship of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition and Exhibition in 2013.

We have no doubt that this sudden decision is due to the mounting pressure of the campaign against Veolia's sponsorship, here on Avaaz, in regular demonstrations outside the exhibition and in extended correspondence with the directors of the Natural History Museum and other regional museums due to host the exhibition.

So we've closed the petition.

The original petition read:

As admirers of your inspiring Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibitions we call on you to seek another sponsor and break links with Veolia because of that company’s “grave misconduct” in linking Israel to its illegal settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories and its complicity in Israel’s breaches of international law.

Here, for the record, was our argument:

"The Natural History Museum's inspiring Photographer of the Year exhibition is marred by its choice of sponsor Veolia, which provides services to the Israeli occupation by linking many illegal Israeli settlements to Israel via road and rail; and by dumping Israeli and settlement waste in the West Bank. This amounts to complicity in Israel’s grave breaches of the 4th Geneva Convention which forbids the establishment of settlements in occupied territory.

Veolia prides itself on the activities of all its constituent national companies, indeed on being a single entity worldwide, and on its social responsibility, high ethical standards and concern to act within the law. It repeats these claims time and again on its website. But it is far from being an ethical sponsor.

So we regard it as entirely inappropriate that the NHM should allow its flagship Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition to be sponsored by Veolia.

Sign our petition asking the NHM to find another sponsor! The deadline is 3rd March when the London exhibition ends.

You can find further information about the activities of Veolia in the occupied territories and the legal arguments in "Veolia – a case to answer" at

This petition has been started by Jews for Justice for Palestinians, a network of Jews who are British or live in Britain, practising and secular, Zionist and not. We oppose Israeli policies that undermine the livelihoods, human, civil and political rights of the Palestinian people. You can find out more about us on our website at"

Posted October 19, 2012
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