Haarlem is a city and municipality in northern Holland with a population of over 155,000.
Activists from the Palestinian Platform held an action on 1 December to protest the possible arrival of EBS to Haarlem. Under the slogan 'no place for apartheid in the bus', activists distributed flyers to passersby before presenting a petition to local government officials. Signed by nearly 500 supporters, the petition notes that should EBS be awarded the contract, the Haarlem provincial government would be violating OECD guidelines for the protection of social and human rights by businesses. In particular, highlighted was the provision of transportation by Egged to Israeli colonies in East Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank and Syrian Golan, as well as the prohibition from using some of these lines by Palestinians.
The campaign video:
Egged Europe currently operates in Bulgaria, Poland and the Netherlands. In 2010 Egged won a tender for transportation services to greater Amsterdam and municipalities north of the capital. The service operates through a wholly-owned Dutch subsidiary, EBS. EBS has an agreement with the Amsterdam Municipality for eight years, with an option to extend to ten.