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13 Jun 2018

France-Palestine Solidarity Association, French Democratic Labor Confederation, General Confederation of Labour, International Federation for Human Rights, Al-Haq, Human Rights League, The Union Syndicale Solidaires, The Platform of French NGOs for Palestine

The Jerusalem Light-rail System and How French Companies Contribute to the Settlement of Occupied Palestinian Territory

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The current report, drafted by several civil society organisations, sheds light on and denounces the participation of the companies SYSTRA and Egis Rail in the construction of three new lightrail lines which connect the Israeli part of Jerusalem to the illegal Israeli settlements located in the Palestinian part of the city... The... report also calls into question the activities of Alstom, a company that has played a major role in the execution of the first phase of the light-rail system, continues to work on the existing network, and responds to calls for tender for new projects. The drafters of the... report have asked these companies to comply with the norms of international law mentioned above by ceasing any activity that contributes to Israeli settlements... Through their participation in the construction of the West Jerusalem light-rail network that connects West Jerusalem to Israeli settlements in East Jerusalem, the companies that are the subject of the current report and their shareholders contribute directly to the perpetuation and expansion of Israeli settlement policy, despite international law... illegality of the settlements... European Commission guidelines... the warnings of the French Government concerning activities in the settlements, and... the resolutions of the United Nations Human Rights Council calling for the implementation of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights...