Palestinian rights center slams EU for strengthening ties with Israeli regime

[ PIC 03/08/2012 – 11:54 AM ]

GAZA, (PIC)– The Palestinian center for human rights strongly denounced the European Union (EU) for its decision to promote trade and diplomatic relations with the Israeli occupation regime, saying the decision was taken with no regard to the Israeli violations in the occupied Palestinian territories.

In a press release on Thursday, the Palestinian center called on the European Union to reconsider its position towards the Israeli regime in light of its repeated serious violation of international law.

The European Union has decided to promote its trade and diplomatic relations with Israel during the annual EU-Israel association council meeting which was held on 24 July.

The center said the EU ignored, when it expanded its relations with Israel, the warnings that was made by its foreign ministers that Israel’s policies and actions in the occupied territories would undermine the chance to achieve the two-state solution

The center pointed out that the EU disregarded the fact that the building of settlements and outposts in the occupied Palestinian territories constitutes a war crime under international humanitarian law.

It stressed that the European decision would grant Israel and its settlements greater access to European markets, which constitutes 60 percent of the Israeli trade volume.

“Israel was given access to European markets without making an obvious agreement committing it to fulfill its obligations towards human rights in the occupied Palestinian territories, which means limiting the European Union’s ability to force Israel to assume its responsibilities under the international law for human rights and the international humanitarian law,” the center underlined.

“The EU through this agreement showed a significant disregard for Israel’s repeated violations against human rights in the occupied Palestinian land, including arbitrary arrests, the policy of administrative detention, torture and maltreatment, the use of force against civilians and their property and extrajudicial killings,” it added.

Wide Asleep in Europe: Get some Facts. “Wir haben es nicht gewusst” “We didn’t know” “On ne savait pas” = A No Go!

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