Israel Electric Corporation is a public company, which produces and supplies electricity to all sectors of the Israeli economy, both within its so-called “1967” borders, by the United Nations, and in the Palestinian territories of the West Bank, Gaza and annexed Jerusalem, whose occupation, colonization and annexation by Israel are in violation of international law, multiple resolutions of the United Nations and have been condemned by the majority of the international community.
Israel Electric Corporation (IEC) is openly violating international law and the human rights of Palestinians.
In August 2019, Hydro-Québec declined to renew an agreement with its Israeli counterpart, Israel Electric.
“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.
The Coalition BDS Québec reported that
During the summer of 2019, in response to a request for a meeting with Hydro-Québec’s new Board Chair, Ms. Côté, when we were warned of an upcoming hearing at the Commission d’accès à la information, the Executive Vice-President – Corporate and Legal Affairs and Head of Corporate Governance wrote to us “without commenting in any way on the point of view expressed in [our] correspondence,” that the HQ-IEC agreement , due May 22, 2019, has not been renewed !” In addition, she said the entire content of the agreement is finally communicated to the Coaliton, and the Commission hearing was therefore canceled.
On August 27, the Coalition BDS Québec published a press release. Hydro Quebec immediately sent a letter, signed by its chief – Public Affairs and Media, stating that the decision not to renew the HQ-IEC agreement had no political impact, which we doubt strongly.
Check out full article in Electronic Intifada.
The Rest of the Country
Starting in July 2019, the Canadian BDS Coalition and its member groups were in touch with the approximately 40 electric companies across Canada to ask them about any possible relationship with Israel Electric.
These are companies that are part of the Canadian Electricity Assocation.
After two requests for status of relations with Israel Electric and the Canadian Electricity Assocation
Contact was also made with the roughly 40 utility organizations who are members of the Canadian Electricity Association.
Canadian Companies that Indicated they don’t have relations with Israel Electric
A dozen Canadian utility companies have indicated they don’t have a relationship with Israel Electric.
Quebec Hydro (the Quebec BDS victory)
Saskatoon Power and Light
We hope that these companies continue to refrain from any relations with Israel Electric or other companies complicit in the military occupation of Palestine.
Companies that have relationship with Israel Electric
In response to your question, the only working relationship Manitoba Hydro, through its subsidiary Manitoba Hydro International, has with the Israel Electric Corporation relates to licenses and maintenance for software that simulates and analyzes power systems.
Bruce Owen, Media Relations Officer, Manitoba Hydro, firstname.lastname@example.org
The following letter has been sent to Manitoba Hydro and Manitoba Hydro International (MHI). Also, local organizations and individuals in Manitoba have been in touch with both Manitoba Hydro and MHI.
A number of companies have not responded to two or more correspondence sent since August 2019. It would seem perhaps this would indicate that there could be some relationship, so a formal letter has been sent to each of these companies from Just Peace Advocates.
The following parties received letters dated, June 24, 2020
- Stan Marshall, CEO
2. Rob Lister, CEO
3. Brian Vaasjo, CEO
4. Allan Seabrooke, City Manager
5. Let us know they do not have relationship! On the list above!
6. Mark Scheibe, Chief Executive Officer
7. Chris Palmer, President
Dan Borden, Vice President
8. Bruno Pereira, President & CEO
9. Bob Hanf, CEO
10. Rob Lister, CEO
861 Redwood Square
Oakville, ON L6L 6R6
11. Brian Bentz, CEO
161 Cityview Blvd
Woodbridge, ON L4H 0A9
12. Jean-Sebastien Jacques, CEO
1190 Avenue des Canadiens-de-Montréal
Montréal, QC H3C 1B3
13. Brian Bentz, CEO
2185 Derry Rd W
Mississauga, ON L5N 7A6
14. Brian Strandlund, General Manager – City of Medicine Hat
Medicine Hat (Electric) –
2172 Brier Park Pl NW
Medicine Hat, AB T1C 1S6
15. Peter Gregg, President & CEO
120 Adelaide St W #1600
Toronto, ON M5H 1T1
16. Andrew G. Hall, President & CEO
2 Miles Canyon Rd
Whitehorse, YT Y1A 6L4
17. Chris O’Riley, President & CEO
333 Victoria St
Nelson, BC V1L 4K3
18. Nancy Southern, CEO
Toronto, ON M5A 3Y5
19. Mark Poweska, CEO
483 Bay St #8
Toronto, ON M5G 1P5
20. Ian E. Robertson, CEO
354 Davis Rd
Oakville, ON L6J 2X1
21. Jay Grewal, President & CEO
Northwest Territories Power Corp – no website found
4 Capital Dr
Hay River, NT X0E 1G2
22. Russell K. Gerling, CEO
450 – 1 Street S.W.
Calgary, AB T2P 5H1
23.Keith Cronkhite, CEO
515 King Street, PO Box 2000, STN A
Fredericton, NB E3B 4X1
24. Jocelyn Perry, CEO
PO Box 8910
St. John’s, NL A1B 3P6
As we hear from these companies we will update this information. In the meantime you may wish to contact these companies, especially if they are your utility provider.
Photo: Israeli warplanes make a ceremonial flyby of the Israel Electric Corporation’s Orot Rabin coal-fired generating station, to mark what Israel calls its Independence Day, May 2017. The power company is deeply complicit in Israel’s violations of Palestinian rights. (via Facebook) Electronic Intifada