The Palestine Solidarity Campaign works for peace & justice for Palestinians,in support of human rights & against all racism
EU produces new guidelines to prevent Israeli settlements benefitting from EU projects
Thank you – your action made this happen!
The EU has taken action to limit financial cooperation with illegal Israeli settlements in East Jerusalem and the West Bank. According to press reports, new guidelines set out that cooperation and contracts between the EU, member states and Israel must explicitly exclude Israeli settlements in occupied Palestinian territory.
It is clear from reporting in the Financial Times that this came about as a result of MEP pressure. Thousands of you wrote to your MEPs asking them to raise these issues with the Commission. Your MEPs took up these issues after you raised them and so the European Commission has – for the first time – taken formal action against Israel’s illegal settlement activity.
Thousands of you wrote to your MEPs asking them to take action against Israel’s settlements benefitting from EU money
This is a welcome step forward, but completely insufficient. Although European institutions are expected to adopt these proposals they are not mandatory for member states, so we are calling on the British Government to adopt and extend these guidelines within the UK. The EU must stop rewarding the Israeli state for its criminality. We need to see a clear no ‘business as usual’ approach with Israel until it complies with international law and basic principles of human rights. It must end all preferential treatment of Israel. And given that both the EU and the British government repeatedly have accepted that settlements are illegal under international law, they should ban goods grown, made or packed in those settlements. Read PSC’s full report>
Thank you to the 1,200 of you who have already taken action against Israel’s racist plan to ethnically cleanse Palestinian Bedouin from the Naqab (Negev). Bedouin have lived there since the 7th century – long before the state of Israel was created. For over 60 years, they have faced Israel’s policies of displacement, home demolitions and dispossession.
If implemented, the Prawer Pan will result in the destruction of the “unrecognised” villages and the ethnic cleansing of around 40,000 Palestinian Bedouin citizens from their homes and villages. This plan was completed without consultation of the local community, and is a gross violation of basic rights.
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News and events
UK exports £7.8bn of weapons and arms equipment to Israel, despite human rights concerns | source
Almost all of the £7.8 billion worth of equipment exported to Israel is covered by just one licence approval – for equipment employing cryptography and software for equipment employing cryptography. Richard Burden MP is taking up the issue.
Palestinian children attacked, imprisoned | the Mail & Haresboys
Israeli soldiers disgusting treatment of a 5 year old boy went viral, even hitting the Daily Mail
“Kiss and hug your mother goodbye,” a Shabak agent told one boy. “You may never see her again.”5 boys are facing long prison sentences for a car accident that was latterly claimed was caused by stone throwing, despite lack of evidence.
MP under attack | JC
Sir Bob Russell MP, one of the MPs who champions Palestinian human rights, has been attacked by a number of right wing blogs and the Jewish Chronicle for asking “If the teaching of 20th c. history is to include the Holocaust, will the life of Palestinians since 1948 be given equal attention?”
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