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EU consuls urge sanctions against settlements
Published Wednesday 27/02/2013 (updated) 28/02/2013 22:06
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TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma'an) -- European Union consuls general based in Jerusalem and Ramallah have recommended economic sanctions against Israeli settlements, according to an EU document.

Israel's Haaretz newspaper reported Wednesday that the document includes a recommendation to “prevent, discourage and raise awareness about problematic implications of financial transactions including foreign direct investments, from within the EU in support of settlement activities, infrastructure and services.”

According to the report, seven of the document's 10 recommendations deal with imposing direct or indirect sanctions by the EU on bodies and organizations involved in construction in the settlements.

The report also focuses on Jerusalem, from which it says Israel is “systematically undermining the Palestinian presence” through “restrictive zoning and planning, demolitions and evacuations, discriminatory access to religious sites, an inequitable education policy, difficult access to health care, the inadequate provision of resources.”

Haaretz said the report also focuses on Israel's treatment of Muslims and Christians and accuses Israeli authorities of attempting to redefine the city's religious character.

In Ramallah, PLO official Hanan Ashrawi welcomed the report.

“With Israel's most recent escalation of settlement activities in and around Jerusalem, the rise of settler violence and Israeli violations of international law and Palestinian rights, it is of utmost urgency for European countries to follow this courageous assessment with concrete and tangible steps and with punitive measures,” she said in a statement.

“Therefore, we call on the European Union, whether as individual countries or collectively, to stand up to Israel and implement bold initiatives that demand European divestment from settlements and settlement products. Israel’s settlement campaign is the single most significant threat to the two-state solution, and now is the time to exercise the political will that is required to hold Israel accountable before any and all chances for peace are destroyed," Ashrawi said.
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1 ) Mel / USA
27/02/2013 16:16
GOOD! It's impossible to justify sanctions against OTHER nations/states if WEALTHY,POWERFUL,MILITARIST Israel,is not held accountable for its war crimes,torture &cruel,inhuman,degrading punishment of persecuted,OCCUPIED/BLOCKADED Palestinian civilians,since 1935!Of course,REAL PROGRESS toward integrity,would be for unilateralist USG hegemons to SANCTION Israel too! But alas,USG panders to neocon Zionist'Johns'who pay big,ONLY!! But,EU,UN can PAVE THE WAY to sanity,in their absense! BRAVO!

2 ) And the sanctions will improve / THE ECONOMY
27/02/2013 16:28
IN THE WEST BANK???

3 ) Carlos / usa
27/02/2013 18:53
Sanctions will improve economy in West Bank by removing israeli restrictions on Palestinian lives. When that happens israeli lives will improve too.

4 ) John / UK
27/02/2013 23:37
More action ,less hollow words.

5 ) Julie / USA
28/02/2013 00:07
great!!!! now put these sanctions into ACTION!!!!!!!!!

6 ) Yehuda Solomon / Israel
28/02/2013 04:57
I've said this time and time again and it looks like I'll have to repeat it time and time again: Of course we don't like sanctions but the EU and anyone else can impose all the sanctions in the universe and they won't deter us from our settlement or other construction in the State of Palestine. Anyone can do all the Boycott, Divestment and Sanction (BDS) actions they want, take us to the ICC/any international tribunal, expel us from the U.N. and cuss and curse us like hell and all (cont.)

7 ) Yehuda Solomon / Israel
28/02/2013 05:08
that plus a few shekels will get them a cup of java. Hanan Ashrawi is, like so many others, living in the past when she talks about threats to the 2-nation "solution." That assumes the 2-nation "solution" is still possible. So I repeat: The 2-nation "solution" is 100% impossible because it's 100% DEAD. If anyone (including our government) says otherwise, they are 100% lying. Thank you very much.

8 ) Outsider / EU
28/02/2013 09:47
A little context: it has been argued that by helping to finance the PA, the EU is in effect prolonging the occupation. If Israel, as the occupying power, had to pay for its occupation fully itself, it would probably end sooner. So the EU is watching the occupation stall and watching Israel further block the possibility of a rapid re-start of negotiations.

9 ) Oliveland / Palestine
28/02/2013 13:39
Santion the promotor , the Israeli government not just the companies that do business there . Occupation and Colonization is BAD , so sanction the culprit promotor.

10 ) Mel / USA
28/02/2013 16:03
Another logical sanction on militarist Occupier Israel'd be,for POTUS Obama,to 'free' 340 MILL.STRUGGLING,poverty-stricken,jobless,US tax-payers/VOTERS,from USG's illegal Congressional funding of Zionism's occupation,& leave Christian-Zionist Church Orgs-are already'twinned'with illegal Jewish/Zionist-only colonies-to CONTINUE,ALONE their'charitable'ethnic-cleansing of non-Jews?I'm sure WEALTHY,POWERFUL,Israel can manage on charity from evangelical,symbiotic,zealots,w/out NEEDING ourSTATE funds!
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