EU Parliament Discusses Legal Case VS Israel

From: The European Campaign to End the Siege on Gaza

An official meeting held at the European Parliament attended by a number of MEPs and various civic organisations across Europe. The meeting discussed the legal case launched by Claire Short and the European Campaign to End the Siege on Gaza against the European Union.

The legal case, launched on the first of September 2009, leveled charges against gaza1the EU, which was presented to the President who was given 28 days to reply. In it was stated that under the EU- Israel Association Agreement, the EU, in light of Israel’s violation of International Human rights Law and Humanitarian Law in the occupied Palestinian Territory, has failed in its duty to take effective action against intransgressible principals in international law. (Click on pictures to make them bigger)

The legal document also cited a raft of reports compiled by international authorities including the UN was cited as documentary evidence of clear violations of international law by Israel. In light of the mounting evidence the European Community has clear obligations under the Association Agreement to take punitive steps against Israel.

Claims of violations by Israel are now also further supported by the conclusions gaza2of another investigation headed by the respected international judge Richard Goldstone.
The combined reports found several violations of international law in operation cast lead. Richard Falk, the special Rapporteur for the UN reported that during the military intervention Israel deliberately obstructed the work of humanitarian personnel leaving the poor without basic medical, food and other services in violation of both international humanitarian law and human rights law’.

Richard Goldstone in his 575-page report, released on September 15, 2009, gaza5documented serious violations of international humanitarian law by Israel, with some incidents amounting to war crimes and possible crimes against humanity, including wilful killings, deliberate attacks on civilian objects, wanton destruction of civilian property,
indiscriminate attacks, the use of human shields, and collective punishment against Gaza’s civilian population in the form of a continuing blockade.

‘Given the overwhelming evidence the Secretary General, Javier Solano made gaza6an unconvincing defense’ said Claire Short a British MP. She further went on to say ‘In his response, Javier Solano, the Secretary General, pointed to a series of initiatives taken by EU with the view to achieving an immediate and permanent ceasefire.
The EU, he said, issued a statement emphasizing that it was conscious of the suffering and anguish of the civilian population and calling for an immediate and permanent ceasefire. Added to his list included its participation in a summit in Egypt, support for the Egypt initiative, further pronouncements of its concerns and calls to respect international law. Needless to say these measures were ineffective’.

While still waiting for a response from the President of the European Commission, further strategies in seeking legal action was discussed. It was unanimously agreed that further pressure needs to be applied to governments in member states through petitions which included names of politicians and members of civic organizations.

4 comments to EU Parliament Discusses Legal Case VS Israel

  • Claire Short a British MP:

    “Javier Solano…pointed …initiatives taken by EU …Needless to say these measures were ineffective.”

    This above shows what the EU is all about, and it is certain that the UN is no better nor the World Court nor any of the Superpowers (the US, Russia, China), who are utterly complicit up to their necks.

    It is way past time for massive protest from the streets throughout the world about the genocides directed against Palestine and Iraq and Afghanistan and Pakistan. Massive economic boycott is also a most viable response.


  • Robert

    If the Bible is not the LITERAL WORD OF GOD, then the Jewish “right” to Palestine is just a MYTH also.
    The President of the United States has just admitted that the Bible is NOT LITERAL.
    09 Dec 2008 Mr Bush, who leaves office January 20, told ABC television, Asked whether the Bible was literally true, Mr Bush replied: “Probably not. No, I’m not a literalist, but I think you can learn a lot from it.”
    The U.N. created Israel from thin air, therefore the U.N. SHOULD dissolve Israel, and/or take control of the entire Palestine, disarm ALL parties, and administer Palestine until the People can peacefully coexist. A State/Nation is a SELF-sufficient body. Israel has lived off WELFARE CHECKS from America since day-one. Therefore Israel is neither a state or a nation. Israel is a “client” a CHARITY recipient, a DEPENDENT.

    .Under General Assembly Resolution 273, Israel was admitted on the condition that it grant all Palestinians the right to return to their homes and receive compensation for lost or damaged property, according to General Assembly Resolution 194, paragraph 11.
    Suffice to say, Israel has never lived up to these terms.
    Israel’s membership in the UN is therefore null and void.

  • tetra

    Thank you for speaking out so consistently, Ms. Salam.

    You are probably already aware of this article but I’ll link to it just in case, as it blows the present hysterical hypocrisy emanating from the oppressors wide open:-
    “Israeli Government Contradicts its Own Self-Defense Argument”

    And we can but pray that Richard Goldstone’s report can overcome a US veto in the security council, otherwise it’s direct to the ICC. Hmm… there is a distinct feeling that the tide is really turning against the oppressors now.

  • This is an interesting perspective:) Very nice reading. Thanks for sharing this great article!

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