French Company Withdraws from Israel’s Jerusalem Rail Project

French engineering company Systra has withdrawn from part of Israel’s construction of a rail network in occupied Jerusalem, after its connection to the project was revealed by the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH).

A report released earlier this month found that three French companies had committed to aid in the construction of the Jerusalem light-rail, a network that aims to connect West Jerusalem to the Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory of East Jerusalem, in blatant violation of international law.

The plan would see the extension of an existing line and the creation of two new lines, all with the settlements as their endpoints.

Systra, which along with Egis Rail has a significant public sector majority share, faced questions from several trade unions, which denounced its involvement in the project.

Last week, FIDH received a response from Systra’s parent company at the European Works Council meeting, which stated:

In a statement, FIDH hailed the move as a step in the right direction.

It is a path that we expect the other two companies involved to follow as soon as possible, the press release concluded.

At the report’s release, the FIDH had also condemned the French government as doubly liable for the involvement of companies.

Bertrand Heilbronn, President of the France Palestine Solidarity Association (AFPS) said at the time:

Source: Palestine Chronicle