I am very much in agreement with letter writer Jake Savage's view that Veolia puts profits before people ("Veolia's track record raises concern over city water rates," Aug. 20).
Veolia is a multinational French company with connections to Israel through its subsidiaries Veolia Transdev, Veolia Environnement and Veolia Water Services. These Israeli subsidiaries profit from the illegal Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands.
They provide services to the Israeli Ministry of Defense and provide transportation services from which Palestinians are excluded. They also own and operate the Tovlan Landfill in the occupied Jordan Valley.
Veolia uses captured Palestinian lands and natural resources for the needs of Israeli settlements from both sides of the green line.
It would be interesting to investigate how many cities in the U.S. use Veolia services and how much their water bills have gone up since then.
Doris Rausch, Columbia
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