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May 14, 2012 3:17 pm

EU Releases Documents with False Accusations Against Israel

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The main chamber of the European Parliament in Brussels. Photo: wiki commons.

The European Union is under fire for releasing six documents between 2010 and 2012 that criticized Israel but later proved to contain many inaccuracies.

Some of the errors include misrepresentations of statistics. One document claims that the population of the Jordan Valley prior to 1967 was nearly 300,000. However, NGO Monitor noted that, “according to the 1961 Jordanian West Bank census, the population of the ‘Jericho district’ was 63,980. The entire population of the West Bank was only 600,000 in 1967 (and the Jordan Valley was one of the least populated regions).”

One of the reports states that only citizens of Israel or Jews can buy property built on state-owned land, ignoring the fact that Israeli law allows every citizen or permanent resident to buy property regardless of religion, race, or nationality.

Another document states that Israeli ambulances can enter Palestinian areas only with a police escort, which results in unnecessary and life-threatening treatment delays. That document ignores the fact that many of the ambulances are frequently attacked by Palestinians while responding to emergency calls in those areas.

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