To Whom this may concern,
I am disturbed to have read that Dr. Lutz Bertling of Bombardier stated that he has no problem with Israeli trains going beyond the Green Line, the internationally-recognized border of Israel. I would like to remind Bombardier that Israel has maintained a military occupation over East Jerusalem, the West Bank, Gaza and the Golan Heights for over 48 years. Israel has transferred its own population into these occupied territories, which is in direct violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention, thereby making this activity a war crime.
While Bombardier has lost the contract to extend Israel’s railways, it appears to be selling Israel trains that will go over the Green Line into occupied Palestinian territory. Israel’s Jerusalem Light Rail project already includes the illegal Israeli settlement of Pisgav Ze’ev, in occupied East Jerusalem. Meanwhile, Bombardier had bid on the project originally, and has expressed interest in bidding on the expansion of this project, which as outlined by the United Nations Human Rights Council, is in direct violation of international law. 
I urge Bombardier to follow its obligations under the UN Global Compact, which stipulates, in Bombardier’s own words, its commitment “to actively promoting, through our strategies and across our operations, its 10 fundamental principles addressing human rights, labour, the environment and anti-corruption.” 
Canada’s own official policy recognizes that Israel’s settlements in occupied territories are subject to the Fourth Geneva Convention, and are therefore war crimes.  I call upon Bombardier to distance itself from these war crimes, and to withdraw any support or connection to Israel’s railways and trains in occupied Palestinian territory.
Canada’s own official policy recognizes that these settlements “also constitute a serious obstacle to achieving a comprehensive, just and lasting peace.” Bombardier should not be helping Israel entrench these illegal settlements, which are a clear detriment towards reaching a just and lasting peace in the region. UN General Assembly resolution adopted by UN Human Rights Council, http://unispal.un.org/UNISPAL.NSF/0/37BF1829818D0B788525770D00536076
 Code of Ethics and Business Conduct for Bombardier, http://www.bombardier.com/content/dam/Websites/bombardiercom/supporting-documents/BInc/Bombardier-code-of-ethics-currentversion-en.pdf, p. 5
 “Canadian Policy on Key Issues in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict” http://www.international.gc.ca/name-anmo/peace_process-processus_paix/canadian_policy-politique_canadienne.aspx?lang=eng