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Companies involved in Jerusalem light rail expansion accused of violating international law

In June 2018, a group of international, Palestinian, and French NGOs published a report accusing Alstom, Egis Group, and Systra of violating international law due to their involvement in expanding the Jerusalem light rail system. According to the report, the aim of the rail system is to “connect West Jerusalem to Israeli settlements located on occupied Palestinian territory in East Jerusalem… and encourage the expansion of illegal Israeli settlements.” The companies are allegedly furthering the Israeli occupation, in contradiction to France’s official position as well as the companies’ own human rights commitments.

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited Alstom, Egis Group, and Systra to respond to these allegations. Only Alstom responded (statement available below).