Palestinians Applaud Dutch Firm’s Exit From East Yerushalayim Project

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A Dutch engineering firm has announced its withdrawal from its part in the construction of a sewage treatment facility in east Yerushalayim, a decision hailed by the Palestinian Authority as a blow against Israel, The Jerusalem Post reported.

The company, Royal HaskoningDHV, said on Friday that it decided to terminate its involvement in the project “after due consultation with various stakeholders.”

“Royal HaskoningDHV carries out its work with the highest regard for integrity and in compliance with international laws and regulations,” the company said. “In the course of the project, and after due consultation with various stakeholders, the company came to understand that future involvement in the project could be in violation of international law.”

Hanan Ashrawi, an executive committee member of the Palestine Liberation Organization, welcomed the Dutch firm’s decision, condemning the planned water treatment plant in east Yerushalayim as a “breach of international law.”