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Dutch company acknowledges illegality of Israeli settlements, divests

Author: Palestine News Service, Published on: 5 October 2008

Ramallah’s Al-Haq human rights organization penned an open letter...to praise the decision of Barkan Wineries to divest from illegal Israeli settlements in Barkan...“As a Palestinian human rights organisation...Al-Haq welcomes the decision by Barkan Wineries...an Israeli subsidiary of Tempo Beer Industry Ltd. Drinks, to remove its activities from the industrial zone of the illegal settlement of Barkan, in the northern West Bank, and transfer them into Israel. This divestment conclusion is a result of positive developments in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), including...by the Dutch consumers; Heineken N.V. (who have a 40% share in Tempo Beer Industry Ltd.); and the Dutch government...“In the [Occupied Palestinian Territories], not only are the human rights of the Palestinians systematically violated for the express benefit of the settler population but additionally under the Fourth Geneva Convention, an Occupying Power is prohibited, in the first place, from transferring part of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies...Therefore, any company which operates within the illegal settlement system is complicit with violations of international humanitarian law.

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