Europeans urged to break relations with IsraelEU mulls how to dissuade settlement construction to EU condemns Hamas rhetoric, Israeli settlement plans to EU: Our treaties with Israel apply only to pre-'67 lines. Now, taking advantage of Europe's confusion, PLO Executive Committee member Hanan Ashrawi has called on the Europeans to 'reconsider' their relations with Israel.
“We call on the EU to hold Israel accountable for its illegal occupation of Palestine, reconsider its political and trade relations with Israel and agreements, including the EU-Israel Association agreement, implement a ban on Israeli settler products and extremist settlers, and rescue the chances for peace and the establishment of an independent Palestinian state based on 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital,” Ashrawi said.
Specifically, she condemned Israel for "settlement activities and the rise of settler violence," as well as "the blatant attack on Palestinian security forces, the raiding and plundering of the offices of Palestinian NGOs and civil society organizations, and the increase in home demolitions.”
Israeli soldiers raided the offices of three civil society organizations on Tuesday in the heart of Ramallah, wrenching open the doors of the Women's Union, the Palestinian NGO Network and Addameer, an advocate for Palestinians in Israeli jails, confiscating five computers from the latter group.
In Monday's statement, European Union foreign ministers said that all of the body’s agreements with Israel only applied to the pre-1967 lines.
A diplomatic source told The Jerusalem Post that he feared some of the language in the council statement was placed there to lay the groundwork for labelling and possibly banning settlement products in the future.If there's been an 'increase in home demolitions,' I've seen nothing about it so I question that one. And while I have no knowledge about those NGO's, 'an advocate for 'Palestinians' in Israeli jails' is an advocate for terrorists.
Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman hit back at the Europeans.
Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman raised eyebrows in a Tuesday interview with Israel Radio when he compared European diplomacy on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to the Holocaust, "I'm not pleased with Europe's position that again, again in history, ignores calls to annihilate the nation of Israel."
"We already went through this Europe at the end of the 30s, in the 40s. They are sacrificing all their values in favor of their interests. Even then, in the 40s they knew what was going on with the concentration camps, to the Jews, and they didn't exactly act," Liberman said.Very undiplomatic, but very true. And 'didn't exactly act' is an understatement. Most of Europe collaborated with the Nazis.