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Jerusalem tram construction company out of London bid

April 8, 2011 1:41 P.M. (Updated: April 8, 2011 1:41 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Reports that a company who built Jerusalem's tramline will not be considered for a 1 billion pound (US$1.63) contract in London, were welcomed by Palestinian activists Friday.

Veolia, a French multinational involved in construction and operations of a tramway that activists claim strengthen Israel's hold on settlements in East Jerusalem, was not among the final bidders selected for the London contract, according to media reports Thursday.

The activist group Palestine Solidarity Campaign had fought against Veolia's inclusion in the bid.

The tram line links illegal East Jerusalem settlements to West Jerusalem.

Veolia announced it was pulling out of the project in November 2010.

Palestinian activist organizations say that Veolia still profits from their role in the tram project, and call for the company to admit responsibility and provide reparations to Palestinians affected by the development.
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