Occupied Palestinian Territory, 16 December 2010 - Israel's A1 high-speed train project designed to connect Jerusalem and Tel Aviv violates international humanitarian law and human rights law. The A1 rail project forms a component of Israel's ongoing plans to cement its regime of occupation, colonial rule and apartheid over the Palestinian people, particularly in the occupied West Bank. It constitutes yet another step in the implementation of Israel's policy of forced population transfer (ethnic cleansing) which has displaced and dispossessed Palestinians, denied refugees their UN-sanctioned right to return and to receive reparations, and prevented the Palestinian people as a whole for over 60 years from exercising its inalienable right to self-determination.
Private business and (partially) state-owned companies are involved in this unlawful rail project. Among those involved are the Israeli firm, Amy Metom Engineers and Consultants, and foreign companies, such as Pizzarotti C.S.p.A., DB International, HBI Haerter, AB Plan, Parsons Brinkerhoff, Deutsche Bahn and Moscow Metrostoy. The involvement of governments and private companies in this project despite its blatant illegality constitutes complicity in Israel's war crimes and crimes against humanity.
The Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee (BNC), the largest and most representative civil society coalition, calls upon people of conscience and civil society institutions everywhere to engage in BDS campaigns against the state of Israel, as well as Israeli and international corporations involved in and/or profiting from the illegal A1 rail project.