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Multinational companies mining occupied Palestinian land

Author: Adri Nieuwhof, Electronic Intifada , Published on: 17 June 2011

HeidelbergCement and Cemex, two building materials industries from Germany and Mexico, respectively, are involved in the operation of quarries in the occupied West Bank...International law prohibits Israel’s exploitation of natural resources in the occupied West Bank, Gaza Strip and Syrian Golan Heights for its own benefit. Meanwhile, Israeli run-quarries in the West Bank — including Nahal Raba and Yatir quarries, which are operated by subsidiaries of HeidelbergCement and Cemex — supply almost a quarter of Israel’s construction material...The involvement of...HeidelbergCement and Cemex in the plundering of the occupied West Bank and Golan Heights’ natural resources are not only in violation of international law, but also contravene commitments to codes of conduct and conventions which regulate the activities of multinational corporations. [Also refers to Hanson Israel (part of HeidelbergCement), ReadyMix Industries (part of Cemex). Business & Human Rights Resource Centre also invited HeidelbergCement to respond but it declined to do so.]

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Related companies: Cemex Hanson Israel (part of HeidelbergCement) HeidelbergCement