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Spain: BDS claim victory over Israeli water

July 14, 2010 1:46 P.M. (Updated: July 15, 2010 9:26 A.M.)
Bethlehem - Ma'an - After lobbying efforts by Spanish activists, the City Council of Villanueva de Duero has decided to remove Eden-brand water products from government buildings.

The company, founded in the 1980s after Israel illegally annexed Syria's Golan Heights, originally took water from the Salukiya spring and expanded operations to Europe, eventually moving to bottle water at springs on the continent. The European branch of the company provides water coolers and filter systems to offices around the union.

Local leaders of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel campaign requested that the municipality cease its support for a company that they say profits from illegally occupied and annexed lands.

Teachers and workers of the Nursing School of the University of Valladolid, in the same municipality as Villanueva de Duero, successfully petitioned in June to have Edan removed from vending machines.

The Platform of Solidarity with Palestine-Valladolid thanked both institutions for their "commitment and support to the Palestinian people’s cause" and called the two actions a major boost to the BDS movement.

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