Action Alert

Tell CAF to get off Israel’s apartheid train!

November 18, 2020
Ahead of the UN International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People on November 29th, we call on CAF to end its business involvement in Israel’s illegal Jerusalem Light Rail (JLR) project. JLR enables the ongoing annexation of the occupied Palestinian territory and the entrenchment of Israeli apartheid.

Tell CAF to get off Israel’s apartheid train!

* Available in Spanish and Basque

CAF is being challenged far and wide for its complicity in Israeli apartheid. Eight trade unions in Norway are calling for the boycott of CAF, while over 15 human rights organisations in the Spanish state are calling for CAF and companies listed in the UN database to be excluded from public tenders. Well-known figures, such as the runner Javi Dominguez and the journalist Amparo Lasheras, are also calling for mobilisation in the Basque Country on November 28th, and campaigners in the UK are calling for CAF to be ruled out for the bid to provide rolling stock for the UK’s new high-speed railway, HS2.

Even though CAF ended 2019 with record sales, it is threatening to close down its factory in Trenasa, Spain, which means that 118 workers would lose their jobs. We stand in solidarity with these workers. It is clear that CAF doesn’t respect its workers’ rights. Why else would it plan lay-offs despite record sales? And why else would it participate in an illegal project that puts the whole company at risk?

The Jerusalem Light Rail (JRL) is part of the ongoing process of entrenchment of Israel’s illegal settlement enterprise and its theft of Palestinian land in and around occupied East Jerusalem. The JRL links illegal settlements in occupied Palestinian land, considered war crimes under international law, to West Jerusalem.

Shapir, CAF's Israeli partner in the JLR project, is named in the UN database of complicit companies with which economic relations should be terminated due to their violation of international law and human rights of the Palestinian people. If CAF doesn’t withdraw from business with the JRL, it will be included in this database as well.

In 2007, a similar campaign against Veolia’s involvement in the JLR project was launched in Bilbao. Due to that campaign, Veolia lost more than $20 billion in contracts globally and eventually withdrew from the illegal project. 

Join this international day of action so that the Basque company CAF will also end its complicity in Israeli apartheid. 

On November 20, we want to make a lot of noise! Use your networks to mobilize and raise awareness. Please do the following:​
 

1. Action on social media

  1. Print this image
     Boycott CAF
  2. Take a photo of yourself holding the image
  3. Share the photo on social media with this text:

CAF is being challenged far and wide for its complicity in Israeli apartheid. CAF, listen to us: Stop developing Israel’s illegal Jerusalem Light Rail and  settlements on stolen Palestinian land in occupied East Jerusalem!

#CAFGetOffIsraelsApartheidTrain 

https://bit.ly/3lIulSs

Use the following hashtag: #CAFGetOffIsraelsApartheidTrain 

and tag the CAF campaign on twitter: @eaudecaf

 

Share these tweets as well:

Tell CAF to get off Israel’s apartheid train 

Tell your government and elected officials to exclude CAF from public contracts due to its complicity in illegal Israeli settlements   

Spread the word about CAF’s role in helping Israel’s annexation and ethnic cleansing of Palestinians in Jerusalem 

 

2. Email jam

Send an email to CAF’s CEO ahead of the UN Day in Solidarity with the Palestinian people demanding that the company quit the illegal Israeli Jerusalem Light Rail project and stop supporting Israel’s military occupation, annexation and apartheid.

Use the form on the right side of this page.

 

3. Call CAF

Contact the company by phone to request that CAF stop participating in the Jerusalem tram project. You can either call CAF’s headquarters at +34 943 88 01 00 or their local office listed here.

Simply follow the main points below, and please remember that the customer service helper is not responsible for CAF’s policy. Always be polite but firm in asking that our message is passed on to management.

Here are the main points to bear in mind when making this call:

  • The person you will talk to is not responsible for this contract, but you can ask them to make a note and to pass this message to CAF’s supervisory board
     
  • The UN has called for ending the illegal Israeli Jerusalem Light Rail project
     
  • The aim of the Jerusalem Light Rail is to connect Israel’s settlements, which are war crimes under international law, with West Jerusalem
     
  • CAF is violating international law and fundamental human rights of the Palestinian people through its involvement in the Jerusalem Light Rail
     
  • CAF’s partner for this project, Shapir, is on the UN list of complicit companies involved in Israel’s illegal settlements with which business should end.
     
  • Protests and outrage over CAF’s involvement in Israel’s military occupation will continue until CAF leaves the illegal Jerusalem Light Rail project
     
  • CAF should listen to its workers: CAF’s main workers committee has called on the company to abandon this illegal project
     

After calling, please fill out this form to let us know how the call went.

If no one answers your call please use the script to leave a short message requesting a call back. You can say: "I'm ringing to register my complaint about CAF maintaining and operating the Jerusalem Light Rail. I need an urgent call back on this matter to discuss this with CAF's management."
You can also try calling another office if no one picks up.

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