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July 20, 2015 11:50 pm

European Union Blasts Israel for Policies Towards Palestinians

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European Union (EU) flags in front of the European Commission building. Photo: Amio Cajander via Wikimedia Commons.

European Union (EU) flags in front of the European Commission building. Photo: Amio Cajander via Wikimedia Commons. The leaders of the European Union slammed Israel for its policies towards the Palestinians, especially the “forced transfer” of Palestinians.

In a joint statement issued by the foreign ministers of the 28-nation bloc, the EU said it “reiterates its strong opposition to Israel’s settlement policy and actions taken in this context, such as building the separation barrier beyond the 1967 line, demolitions and confiscation—including of EU-funded projects—evictions, forced transfers including of Bedouins, illegal outposts, settler violence, and restrictions of movement and access.”

In particular, the EU called on Israeli authorities “to halt plans for forced transfer of population and demolition of Palestinian housing and infrastructure in the Susya and Abu Nwar communities.”

But the EU also criticized the Palestinian Authority for not taking stronger action in reasserting control over Gaza, which is ruled by the Hamas terrorist group.

“The EU calls on the Palestinian factions to make reconciliation and the return of the PA to Gaza a top priority,” the statement said.

“The PA must take greater responsibility in this regard and assume its government function in the Gaza Strip, including in the field of security, civil administration, and through its presence at the Gaza crossing points,” it added.

The European ministers also endorsed France’s recent proposal for renewed Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations and called for an “international support group” to be formed to back the French effort.

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  • Robert Davis

    As long as the eu will interfere with Israel’s politics, peace will be out of reach in the Mid East. europe and its antisemite leader ie France will get more and more in trouble and will fall under terrorism because it is the only language France and communists understand. Wait and see.

  • Robert Davis

    eu is simply MEDDLING, interfering in Israel’s politics which is totally illegal as everything eu supports. It should not be surprised if this attitude creates anti eu and anti France terror.

  • Edward Brynes

    Perhaps the EU could dispatch some international force, either from the UN or perhaps from the EU countries, to Gaza, so as to get Hamas out of the way and install the PA.

  • Emanuel

    …because the EU member states have no zoning laws and don’t require permits to build. And there is no such thing as eminent domain either, never has a country moved citizens from their homes for government purposes ever in the EU that lovely bastion of hypocrisy.