1 June 2013

Dutch settlement profiteers listed in new report

Electronic Intifada | By Adri Nieuwhof | 31.05.2013 | NEDERLANDS

Companies profitting from Israel’s settlement enterprise may be prosecuted in Dutch courts, the Netherlands’ chief prosecutor has warned. (Wagdi Eshtayah / APA images)

A recent report by the economic research and corporate responsibility group Profundo on Dutch economic links with the Israeli occupation lists Dutch companies profitting from Israel’s settlement enterprise.

Produndo identified 18 Israeli settlement companies — including Agrexco/Carmel, Edom Fruits, Hadiklaim, Mehadrin Group, Shamir Salads, Golan Heights Winery, SodaStream, Ahava Cosmetics, Keter Group plastics and Tip Top Toys — which trade with 38 Dutch companies.

Some of the Dutch companies distribute agricultural produce and Ahava cosmetics from the settlements mislabeled as “Made in Israel,” and which are sold to Dutch chains such C1000, Jumbo and Kring Pharmacies [Kring Apotheken]. EU consumer law requires the correct labeling of the place of origin, especially food imports.

Profundo’s findings also include the involvement of Dutch company Kardan Group NV in the construction of a sewage treatment plant on occupied West Bank land which will serve Israel’s illegal settlements.

Kardan Group NV is active in the Israeli settlements through its subsidiary Tahal Group International, an Israel-based international engineering company specializing in water and wastewater systems. Tahal Group developed the master plan for Jerusalem’s wastewater treatment system which, once completed, will serve illegal settlements in the area.

Tahal Group’s wastewater plan also includes the construction of a sewage treatment plant on Palestinian land in the area of Nabi Mussa in the occupied West Bank’s Jordan Valley, and the construction of the Og reservoir which will be used for the irrigation of date trees in settlement farms. Continue reading →

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