Surging left-wing candidate backs sanctions against Israel. Read more about What will France's election mean for Palestine?
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Better Place Israel is headed by a general implicated in war crimes in Lebanon and Palestine Read more about Israeli occupation profiteer Better Place runs taxis at Amsterdam airport, with EU backing
Finland’s Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja has strongly criticized Israel’s practices against Palestinians and declared that “No apartheid state is justified or sustainable.” But will Finland take action to end its arms trade with Israel? Read more about Finland foreign minister condemns Israeli "apartheid" but will he act?
Earlier this month in Montpellier, France, more than a hundred activists from nine countries gathered for the first ever European Forum Against Agrexco for two full days of workshops aimed at strengthening the boycott campaign against the Israeli agricultural export giant. Read more about Agrexco forum a milestone in Europe's BDS movement
In his new book Europe’s Alliance with Israel: Aiding the Occupation, journalist David Cronin exposes the bad faith behind Europe’s position as a neutral force and its claims to support the basic rights of the Palestinian people. Sarah Irving interviews for The Electronic Intifada. Read more about How Europe aids the occupation: David Cronin interviewed
On 25 February, the European Court of Justice ruled that imports manufactured in Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank shouldn’t benefit from a trade agreement between Israel and the European Union. The ruling follows protests of Israel’s export of products from the illegal settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT) to the EU and Switzerland labeled as “Made in Israel.” Products labeled as such benefit from favorable import taxes under the EU-Israel Association Agreement of 2000. Phon van den Biesen and Adri Nieuwhof comment for The Electronic Intifada. Read more about Truth in labeling: EU court challenges "Made in Israel"
In view of the recent three-week premeditated campaign of bombing of the population of Gaza and its infrastructure by the State of Israel which came after a crippling, illegal two-year siege, we, 14 member organizations of SKOP, the Maltese national platform of development non-governmental organizations, call for a suspension of the EU-Israel Association Agreement. Read more about Maltese civil society: Suspend EU-Israel agreement
Israel has now been granted the highest level of European Union relations available to a non-member state, despite the EU’s own finding that “little concrete progress” has been made on issues raised between Israel and the EU, namely Israel’s human rights violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. EI co-founder Arjan El Fassed comments on the efforts towards a “more intense, more fruitful, more influential cooperation” between the EU and Israel. Read more about Israel has won the European cup: a special relationship
Amid international efforts to flourish the peace industry, Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende is due next week to visit Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas. Under the past Dutch presidency of the European Union (EU), the Dutch government has put a lot of efforts to enhance the EU involvement in the Middle East diplomatic process. However, the costs of these efforts have been enormous. Instead of providing incentives to ensure Israel respects international humanitarian law, under the leadership of the Netherlands, Israel received rewards without withdrawing one single soldier from Gaza. Read more about In bed with Israel: EU's close relationship with Israel supports abuse
After the fourth meeting of the Association Council, the European Union issued a statement, saying its wants Israel to halt the construction of its wall through the West Bank. This statement was issued by the European Union on the fourth meeting of the Association Council EU-Israel, held in Brussels, 17-18 November 2003. The EU is deeply concerned by the situation in the region and has noted that, despite support given by the international community to the quest for a just and lasting solution, insufficient effort has been made by the concerned parties. Read more about EU raises pressure on Israel