Israeli mineral water company Eden Springs (Mei Eden) may lose a £117,000 (about $352,000) contract with Edinburgh's city council due to claims that it is "pillaging" Syrian natural resources, the Edinburgh Evening News reported recently.
According to the Scottish daily, various local groups are calling to boycott the company, which is based in the Golan Heights, a disputed region Israel captured from Syria in the Six-Day War in 1967.
The Evening News said Eden Springs' UK branch supplies water coolers for council-run schools and offices in Edinburgh, adding that at a meeting this week councillors agreed to call for a review of the contract.
"I am outraged that money is being given to reward Eden Springs. This company pillages the water of an occupied territory," Mick Napier, chairman of the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign, was quoted by the newspaper as saying.
A spokesman for the Israeli company told the Evening News in response that "Eden Springs UK is a separate unit, and the water used in the UK is sourced in the UK.
"We have 100,000 customers in the country and employ around 200 people in Scotland," he said.