David Cronin’s reflection on Israel’s relationship with EU
“Scientific research” is an extremely lucrative form of Israeli cooperation with the EU. Israel takes part in over 800 schemes with European universities and companies, with a total value of €4.3 billion. By 2013 it’s expected that Israel will have received more than €500 million worth of EU grants. People should be outraged that Ireland’s European Commission representative, Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, is administering these grants. Among the beneficiaries are arms-makers like Elbit and IAI, who produce the pilotless drones and warplanes regularly used in attacking the people of Gaza.
David Cronin advices us to
get involved with your nearest Palestine solidarity group, get active in the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement. We can’t rely on politicians to deliver justice, so it falls to ordinary people to take action.