Palestinians Welcome Dutch Pullout from Israeli Project

RAMALLAH, September 7, 2013 (WAFA) – PLO Executive Committee member Hanan Ashrawi applauded Friday a decision by the Dutch engineering firm, Royal HaskoningDHV, to terminate its involvement in an illegal Israeli project in occupied East Jerusalem.

“Royal HaskoningDHV has emphasized that it conducts its work with the highest regard for integrity and in full compliance with international law and regulations,” said Ashrawi.

“The planned Israeli water treatment plant in East Jerusalem breaches international law, and it is primarily designed to service illegal settlements that cause severe human rights violations,” she said in a statement.

Ashrawi said the project “deepens Israel’s annexation of East Jerusalem, consolidates its occupation of the West Bank, and constitutes another obstacle to the establishment of an independent and sovereign Palestinian state on 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital.”

She commended the Dutch government “for translating its opposition to Israel’s disastrous settlement policy into action, which is in line with EU policy, and for urging Royal HaskoningDHV to end its participation with the illegal project.”

The PLO official called on international corporations to terminate their projects and activities with links to the military occupation and to the illegal settlements.

“We urge other states to assume responsibility and to bring to an end the involvement of corporations within their jurisdiction that contributes to maintaining an illegal situation that causes deep human suffering for the Palestinian people,” Ashrawi concluded.

Royal HaskoningDHV said Friday in a statement that it has decided to terminate the contract for a wastewater treatment plant project, which was still in the early stages of the preliminary design phase.

It said that it made that decision “in compliance with international laws and regulations,” and because “the project could be in violation of international law” due to its presence in occupied territory.

source:WAFA NEWS