The Palestinian authorities have reached out to the Government of Spain to prevent the CAF, which won a tender for the implementation of part of the Jerusalem Tram Project, from participating in the construction of the project

infrastructure in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.

The Palestinian National Authority (PNA) has spoken with the Spanish authorities to express its alarm at the fact that the company is part of an initiative they believe will link Israeli settlements with East Jerusalem and the occupied West

Bank to the center of the holy city, diplomatic sources in Ramallah told Spanish news agency EFE.

The city, claimed by the Palestinians as the capital of a future state, Israel has occupied the eastern part since 1967, has a tram line already in operation since 2011, sparking controversy by linking Jewish settlements in East Jerusalem with

West Jerusalem.

The project will include the construction of 114 new trams and the rehabilitation of 46 units currently in operation, but the Palestinians are urging the Spanish company to withdraw from the project because of its impact on the occupied

territories, and warned that the continuation of this work in violation of international law.

 

According to former foreign minister and former Palestinian representative to the United Nations and the International Criminal Court, Nasser al-Kidwa, "any attempt by any company to do business in the occupied territories violates

international law."

Al-Kidwa says that if the Basque CAF does not back down, it may be sued by Spanish courts and, ultimately, internationally.

Jamal Juma, coordinator of the Popular Campaign Against the Wall and Settlement, told Evi: "We were a bit surprised that this Spanish company is located in the Basque Country and they are at the forefront of solidarity with the Palestinian

people."

Source: Arab media

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