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Sunday Nov. 21, 2010 1:39 PM (EST+7)

RAMALLAH, November 21 (JMCC) - Israeli plans to run a railway through the Palestinian villages of Beit Iksa and Beit Surik in the occupied West Bank are drawing international protests. A subsidiary of the German company Deutsche Bahn is being targeted by those who want the company to withdraw from the Israeli project.

The high-speed rail link is set to connect Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, reducing travel time between the two cities to just 28 minutes. The planned route would solve one of the country's biggest transport problems: The current stretch takes 90 minutes and is little used, while highways between the cities often experience massive traffic problems.

Two sections of the line, totalling 6 kilometers (3.75 miles) in length, pass through the West Bank. Much of that stretch will run through tunnels, but Israeli peace activists argue that the route violates international law as Israel will be taking Palestinian land for tunnel portals and access roads.

By crossing the … border into the West Bank, the … train line is unlawful and unethical, argues the Coalition of Women for Peace, a group of Israeli feminist peace organizations which has compiled a report on the project. The coalition argues that international law states that an occupier may not use occupied resources solely for the benefit of its own citizens. This line was planned for the exclusive use of Israeli citizens; it is imposed on the local Palestinian residents by the dictates of a military regime, in which they have no representation; and it would be completely inaccessible to the local residents, the report argues.

Read the article at Der Spiegel...






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