The Russell Tribunal on Palestine is a people's tribunal in the spirit of the Tribunal on Vietnam that was set up by Bertrand Russell in the 1960s. This book contains a selection of the most vital evidence and testimonies presented at the London session. It includes the papers submitted to the tribunal, written by expert witnesses, based on their detailed research into the companies that prop-up Israeli occupation. Examining the involvement of corporations in the illegal occupation of Palestinian land by Israel, the tribunal of 2010 generated widespread media coverage. The book identifies companies and corporations participating in such illegality and possibilities for legal action against them are discussed. Released to coincide with the South Africa session at the end of 2011, Corporate Complicity in Israel's Occupation is a vital resource to lawyers, journalists and activists hoping to take informed action against Israeli war crimes and occupation.
Asa Winstanley is a journalist who has lived in occupied Palestine. He writes for Electronic Intifada, the New Left Project and Ceasefire. He worked for two years in the occupied West Bank and was managing sub-editor of the Palestine Times, an English language daily newspaper. Frank Barat is a human rights activist and the coordinator of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine. He has written for Electronic Intifada, Counterpunch, Z Magazine, New Internationalist, Washington Report on Middle East Affairs and the Palestine Chronicle. He is the editor of Gaza in Crisis: Reflections on Israel's War against the Palestinians (2010).
Foreword by Alice Walker Introduction 1 The Legal Framework Relevant to Corporate Conduct -International Law and the Complicity of Business in Human Rights Abuses -Hocine Ouazraf -Redress for Palestinian Victims of Human Rights Abuses in the Courts of England and Wales -Richard Hermer QC -Principles and Mechanisms to Hold Business Accountable in US Courts -Yasmine Gado -The French Courts -William Bourdon 2 Corporate Activities In and Around Israeli Settlements -The Settlement Industry and Corporate Involvement in the Occupation -Dalit Baum -Business Practices in Relation to Settlements and the Settlement Industry -Hugh Lanning -The Reality of Israeli Settlements in Palestine -Fayez al-Taneeb -The Situation in the Jordan Valley -Wael Natheef Veolia Environnement SA -Adri Nieuwhof -The Actions of Cement Roadstone Holdings (CRH) in Israel/Palestine -John Dorman 3 Trade and Labelling of Israeli Settlement Goods -Production and Trade of Settlement Produce: Unlawful Exploitation of Natural Resources in the Occupied Palestinian Territories -Salma Karmi-Ayyoub -Agrexco Agricultural Export Ltd. -Christophe Perrin -Ahava Dead Sea Products in Israel/Palestine -Nancy Kricorian and Rae Abileah -Trade and Labelling of Settlement Goods -Phon Van Den Biesen -SodaStream -Genevieve Coudrais 4 The Financial Services Sector -The Israeli Financial Sector and the Occupation -Merav Amir -The Financing of Israeli Settlements in the Occupied Territories by the Belgian-French Financial Group Dexia -Mario Franssen -PFZW -The Case of a Pension Fund Complicit in International Law Violations -Saskia Muller -War Profiteering and SWIFT Sanctions: A Civil Society Imperative -Terry Crawford-Browne 5 The Security Industry and the War Industry -The Israeli Arms Trade and the Apparatus of Repression -John Hilary -Caterillar's Involvement in the Occupied Palestinian Territories -Maria LaHood -US Government Complicity in the Supply of Caterpillar Bulldozers to Israel -Josh Ruebner -G4S and the Occupation -Merav Amir and Dalit Baum -Elbit Systems -Shir Hever -The Cases of EDO/ITT and Raytheon -Paul Troop -The Campaign Against EDO/ITT -Chris Osmond -European Union R&D Subsidies for Israeli Security Actors -Ben Hayes 6 Witness Recall 7 The Jury's Findings Afterword Appendix 1 - Israeli Participation in the ESRP Appendix 2 - Formal Responses from Companies Notes Index