Deutsche Bahn withdraws from project of new railway line from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem 4May11 May 4, 2011

European Jewish Post -  4 May 2011

The German Railway (Deutsche Bahn) will no longer participate in building a new rail line from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Because the route will pass through occupied Palestinian territory.

With this decision, the German railway bends under the pressure of a Group of German peace activists and a Palestinian initiative who had criticized the commitment of the DB since months.

According to a report of the german daily Der Spiegel, Federal Transport Minister Peter Ramsauer (CSU) had informed the DB CEO Ruediger Grube on the political delicacy of the project. Referring to the Deutsche Bahn the magazine reported, that the DB regarded the route under the “terms of international law” for “problematic”.

The client was clarified that the Deutsche Bahn want to withdraw from the “sensitive” project, like a DB spokesman said. The German company had advised the Israel Railways in electrification and studies of creation of vertical profiles.

The DB but would continue their other work in the country. The controversial route will connect the two largest Israeli cities Jerusalem and Tel Aviv until to 2017. The travel time will be reduced to 28 minutes.

It is remarkable that a public German company on Reasons of alleged “political sensitivity” is acting once again to the detriment of Israel.

In contrast to this, no German politician and no German company  has any problem in business with the rogue state Iran until today. Here, German politicians and companies have never shown their “political sensitivity “.

Bernd Kleinschmitt, EJPost reporter in Berlin, Germany


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