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Tell the Netherlands: Exclude CAF from your rolling stock tender!

March 29, 2021
Companies like CAF, that are complicit in Israel’s violations of international law, should not be rewarded with lucrative government contracts

Tell the Netherlands: Exclude CAF from your rolling stock tender!

Dutch human rights organisations are aware of existing contracts in the Netherlands involving Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles (CAF). In 2018, the GVB, the public transport company of the municipality of Amsterdam, chose CAF for the supply of metro carriages and trams. Also in 2018, CAF secured a contract for the major Dutch railway company Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS) to supply sprinter train carriages. CAF supplies trams to the Public Transport in Utrecht as well.

CAF will most likely apply for future contracts in the Netherlands.

Dutch authorities should be aware that CAF is involved in Israel’s grave violations of international law in the occupied Palestinian territory and must therefore exclude CAF from future tenders/contracts.

Tell Dutch public transport companies to exclude CAF from all future tenders/contracts until it ends its role in Israeli apartheid!

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Background information on CAF:

In August 2019, a consortium led by CAF, along with the Israeli company Shapir, was selected to lead the expansion of the Jerusalem Light Railway (JLR).  Shapir is listed in the UN database of companies involved in Israel’s illegal settlement enterprise in the occupied Palestinian territory. The JLR serves illegal Israeli settlements in and around occupied East Jerusalem, therefore contributing to cementing Israel’s grip on occupied Palestinian land.

Every illegal Israeli settlement, built on land stolen from the Palestinian -- or Syrian -- people, is considered a war crime under the Fourth Geneva Convention. 

While Israeli settlements in occupied East Jerusalem expand, Palestinian neighbourhoods face a series of existential threats, including restrictions on building, forced displacement and settler violence. The JLR therefore aids Israel’s war crimes and systematic discrimination against Palestinian residents of the city. 

Thirty one prominent human rights organisations, networks and trade unions from Palestine and Europe have submitted a report to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Geneva, demanding that CAF be included in the UN database of businesses complicit in Israel’s illegal settlement enterprise.

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