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2 Okt 2017


HeidelbergCement responds to allegations re violating international law

Business & Human Rights has kindly invited HeidelbergCement to respond to the concerns raised by Electronic Intifada in the article from 14 September. We follow this invitation, as we believe that the article includes wrong and speculative information and omits important aspects thus creating a onesided negative impression...The Nahal Raba quarry is located on public land in Area C, directly at the border to Israel...[T]he ownership of the land was checked thoroughly according to the statutes of article 43 of the Hague Conventions (IV) of 1907 on the basis of the Jordanian planning law No. 79 from 1966 and an extensive planning approval process was conducted that offered extensive veto rights to potentially affected local residents. No private ownership could be determined. Therefore no expropriation has taken place; consequently, any potential allegation of violations against article 47 of the Hague Convention (IV) from 1907 must be firmly rejected, too... Furthermore and in-line with the second guiding principle of the chapter on human rights of the OECD guiding principles and article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention, Hanson Israel does not sell building materials to Israeli settlements in the West Bank or the construction of border protection systems. There is no discrimination of Palestinian customers...