At their board meeting in October 2009 Leith Festival organisers decided to refuse any future sponsorship from Veolia. Their decision followed a presentation by Scottish PSC on Veolia's complicity in Israel's occupation of Palestinian land.
The struggle between Israel and the Palestinians is not unique -- whatever the news media may suggest. Lorenzo Veracini argues that the conflict is best understood in terms of colonialism. Like many other societies, Israel is a settler society. Looking in detail at the evolution of other colonial regimes -- apartheid South Africa, French Algeria and Australia -- Veracini presents a thoughtful interpretation of the dynamics of colonialism, offering a clear framework within which to understand the middle east crisis.