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19 Aug 2011

Adri Nieuwhof, Electronic Intifada

CEMEX tries to reason away complicity in Israeli violations of international law

As the occupier, Israel is bound by the Hague Regulations of 1907...CEMEX claims that the plants have “all the permits and licenses necessary according to applicable laws”...[and that they] are in “areas under the control and responsibility of Israel, until a permanent agreement is reached between the parties”. Zachary’s [Israeli attorney's] comment: “But the land for itself and the land in area C are still under occupation, and first and foremost the laws governing the area are the laws of occupation, including Article 55 of the Hague Regulations. The fact that there are other agreements between the parties does not matter and cannot nullify the international laws of occupation or to substitute them." [also refers to Veolia] [Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited Cemex to respond to this rejoinder. Cemex has not done so, but if they send us a response in future we will post it here].