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Article

29 Jan 2010

Author:
Karin Laub, Associated Press

Palestinians irate over new Jerusalem tram

Jerusalem's first light rail starts test runs this spring,…promising to relieve the perpetual congestion. But Palestinians see no reason to celebrate. They hope to derail the $1 billion tram because they fear it will further entrench Israeli control over east Jerusalem, the part of the city they want as a capital. They've asked a French court to force…Veolia and Alstom out of the project and are urging Arab countries to cancel contracts with the two companies…Veolia officials in Israel told AP the company is in the process of transferring its 5 percent share in the Jerusalem rail project to Israel's Dan bus company…Alstom, which is providing the rail cars, defended the project.

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