Tuesday, July 23, 2013

The European Union - Hypocrisy, Hostility and Blatant Prejudice

Alan Baker 18 July 2013


• The publication of guidelines by the European Commission on the eligibility of Israeli entities for EU cooperation is the culmination of a concerted policy initiative led by the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs, Catherine Ashton, directed against Israel's settlements in Judea and Samaria [the West Bank] to press the Israeli government into making territorial and political concessions.

• This unprecedented and hostile EU fixation with Israel and its settlements is based on a series of long-standing and deliberately misleading and flawed legal and political assumptions regarding the illegality of Israel's settlements and the status of the pre-1967 armistice lines as Israel's border.

• Similarly, they negate the very positions supported by the European states that endorsed UN Security Council Resolution 242 from 1967 calling for "secure and recognized boundaries," and negate the EU's own commitments as signatory and witness to the Oslo Accords not to predetermine and undermine specific negotiating issues including the final status of the territories, borders, settlements, Jerusalem, and other issues.

• Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention (1949), often cited as the basis for the claim that Israel's settlements are illegal, relates to deportations of over 40 million people subjected to forced migration, evacuation, displacement, and expulsion in World War II. The vast numbers of people affected and the aims and purposes behind such a population movement speak for themselves. There is nothing to link such circumstances to Israel's settlement policy.

• The rigid fixation of the EU to assert that its agreements with Israel must reflect the non-recognition of Israel's sovereignty over any territory beyond the 1967 lines stands out in contrast to European policy toward other conflicts.

• The EU has many free trade agreements and understandings with countries whose territorial boundaries are in dispute. The EU has been negotiating a free trade agreement with India, yet its applicability to Kashmir is not under discussion. An EU fisheries agreement from 2005 allows European fisherman to operate in Western Sahara, even though the EU does not recognize Moroccan sovereignty in this territory.

Amb. Alan Baker, Director of the Institute for Contemporary Affairs at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, is former Legal Adviser to Israel's Foreign Ministry and former Ambassador of Israel to Canada.

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1 comment:

  1. There is a saying that just because one is paranoid it doesn’t mean that you have nothing to be paranoid about. Every Empire has its day and the European Union Empire is on its way to extinction. The once proud Christian Europe is rapidly moving to its conclusion.. Churches are empty and Mosques are overflowing. In its dying throes Europe is trying to finish what was started in 1939. There is hardly a country in Europe in which much of its population did not embrace the German attempt to murder the Jewish people. Now even in Israel where these same nations which constituted the League of Nations after the First World War agreed that the Land of Israel would be a home for the Jewish People, are now reneging on their own decision.

    In the original mandate given to Britain the 1948 armistice lines did not exist and the whole of the country was designated as the home for the Jewish people. How the illegal invasion and occupation of British mandated territory by the Jordanians is made legal in retrospect is not understandable. No country has ever been forced to return territory it captured especially from an illegal invader in a defensive war except for Israel.

    The plain fact is that the Europeans don’t want us in Europe and they don’t want us in Israel either. They don’t say so in so many words but actions speak louder than words. The ban against Shechita in Poland the ban against circumcision in Germany the psychological and economic war against Israel by many European countries are all designed to get rid of the Jews.

    How else can one explain the constant demands made against the Jewish State while the Arab countries in which journalist are put in jail, where women are murdered by their own families where women are under strict duress, where homosexuals are persecuted and whose actions are completely contrary to normative democracy and where Moslems are killing Moslems are feted, while Israel is condemned for being the only democracy in this part of the world. It makes one wonder what really activates the Europeans and what do they really want.