'Activists in Quebec are celebrating after their national electricity company declined to renew an agreement with its Israeli counterpart.
“This victory is important for us in Quebec,” John Philpot, an international lawyer and a member of the Coalition BDS Québec, told The Electronic Intifada.
“We in Quebec are proud of succeeding in our solidarity campaign in support of the Palestinian people, victims of the Zionist and colonialist occupation of their homeland.”
In May 2017, the national power generator Hydro-Québec and the Israel Electric Corporation signed a “partnership agreement” to share “best practices” in the field of cybersecurity.
At the time, Hydro-Québec board chair Michael Penner claimed it was “an extraordinary opportunity for Hydro-Québec to join forces with a company with world-renowned cybersecurity expertise.”
But campaigners saw it as a collaboration with a state company that is deeply complicit in Israel’s violations of Palestinian rights and international law.
The Israel Electric Corporation exploits Palestinians, a captive market due to military occupation and colonization.
It also supplies and profits from Israeli settlements built in the occupied West Bank.
Construction of such settlements is a war crime.
The Israeli company has also implemented cuts to Gaza’s already desperately inadequate power supply, a collective punishment and a violation of international humanitarian law.
When asked why the Israel Electric Corporation implemented punitive power cuts affecting hospitals in Gaza that were ordered by the Israeli government, the company’s director responded, “It’s our job.”
It was also an odd choice for Hydro-Québec to partner with any Israeli state firm in pursuit of “cybersecurity.”
Israel and its war industry are notorious for electronic espionage that jeopardizes the privacy, security and even the lives of Palestinians as well as of journalists and human rights defenders all over the world.'
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