EU Blasted for Ever Closer Cooperation with Terror Regime in Israel

EUROPE, PALESTINE - ISRAEL, 17 Jun 2019

Stuart Littlewood | Redress Information & Analysis – TRANSCEND Media Service

Public funds contributed by European taxpayers are channeled to a country that not only disregards human rights but also uses the most advanced knowledge and technology for the very violation of human rights…. This is not compatible with the values Europe upholds.

12 Jun 2019 – One hundred and fifteen European researchers and academics have delivered a stinging rebuke to Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission, and Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Science, Research and Innovation.

In a beautifully crafted letter, they express the outrage felt throughout the world, and especially in European countries, including the UK, at the EU’s policy of rewarding the war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by Israel. Each new act of unspeakable brutality, each new onslaught of disproportionate force against civilians brings fresh privileges, fresh cooperation, fresh embraces from an enthusiastic EU elite.

Perhaps the most shameful thing about Europe’s relations with Israel is the EU-Israel Association Agreement which came into force in 2000. This is about special trading and other privileges, and its purpose is to promote (1) peace and security, (2) shared prosperity through, for example, the creation of a free trade zone, and (3) cross-cultural rapprochement. It governs not only EU-Israel relations but Israel’s relations with the EU’s other Mediterranean partners, including the Palestinian National Authority.

To enjoy the Association’s privileges Israel undertook to show “respect for human rights and democratic principles” as set out as a general condition in Article 2, which says:

Relations between the parties, as well as all the provisions of the Agreement itself, shall be based on respect for human rights and democratic principles, which guides their internal and international policy and constitutes an essential element of this Agreement.

“Essential” being the operative word. Respecting human rights and democratic principles is not optional. Article 2 allows steps to be taken to enforce the contractual obligations regarding human rights and to dissuade partners from pursuing policies and practices that disrespect those rights. The Agreement also requires respect for self-determination of peoples and fundamental freedoms for all.

Israel relies heavily on exports to Europe, so the EU could by now have forced an end to the brutal occupation of the Holy Land instead of always rewarding it.

Well, that’s a joke for a start. Given Israel’s contempt for such principles the EU, had it been an honourable group, would have enforced Article 2 and not let matters slide. It would have suspended Israel’s membership until the Israeli regime fully complied. Israel relies heavily on exports to Europe, so the EU could by now have forced an end to the brutal occupation of the Holy Land instead of always rewarding it.

The signatories to the letter to Mogherini and Moedas aptly quote the warning by Israel’s own human rights group B’Tselem:

If the international community does not come to its senses and force Israel to abide by the rules that are binding to every state in the world, it will pull the rug out from under the global effort to protect human rights in the post-World War II era.

Here is that excellent letter by the researchers and academics:

To: Ms Federica Mogherini – High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy

To: Mr Carlos Moedas – European Commission, DG for Research and Innovation
Brussels, June 4, 2019

Re: Letter from European researchers and academics concerning Israel’s participation in Horizon Europe

Dear M. Federica Mogherini, Dear Mr Moedas,

We researchers and academics from Europe are writing to you in order to express our deep concern about the participation of Israel and its military companies in EU Research Programs. While we write, new Israeli raids flare up and the smoldering remnant of Gaza protesters of the Great March of Return, already forgotten and forsaken. More than 270 unarmed civilians were killed during the March of return, including women, children and persons with disabilities and thousands more were injured [28,939, of whom 7,247 by live fire]. They were only demanding their rights enshrined in international law: end of the illegal blockade and for the right of return to their ancestral homes from which they were expelled. 

A report of the United Nation’s Independent Commission of Inquiry published earlier this year concluded that the Israeli army might have committed war crimes and crimes against humanity by indiscriminately killing health workers, journalists and unarmed protesters who did not pose any imminent threats to the soldiers.

Relentless violence rages again after 11 years of inhumane siege and three military assaults that shattered the fabric of normal life. Gaza is declared to be uninhabitable by 2020 according to a report by the UN, but this “environmentally defined” deadline reflects only the intentionality of an imposed series of emergencies, followed each time by a further decrease in health, energy, food independence and commerce after each episode of armed aggression since 2007.

The hermetic siege combined with the systematic large scale military destruction is slowly strangling nearly the two million inhabitants of Gaza. None of the basic civilian infrastructure such as hospitals and power plants, was ever sufficiently rebuilt after each of the three military assaults due to severe restrictions by the blockade. Electricity is available only a few hours a day, 98 peer cent of water is not drinkable, and many hospitals periodically stop functioning due to lack of medication, spare parts of machinery, electricity and fuel. Permission for patients to leave in order to receive life-saving treatment elsewhere has been continually declining in time. Tools for education, number of teachers, and rebuilding of schools are severely impaired. The inhabitants of Gaza have been consistently denied basic human rights and human dignity.

The disproportionate use of force on the civilians amounting to war crimes has also been systematic throughout all, long and short term, military operations, including the almost daily assaults to fishermen and agricultural workers. 

These facts have been meticulously documented in authoritative reports by the UN and human rights organizations and widely condemned by the international community. Yet Israel’s policies of aggression and repression have continued. 

This ongoing impunity is allowing Gaza, the world’s largest open air prison, to be used as a military test field. In each offensive Israel deployed, tested and perfected new high-tech military weapons and surveillance systems. These new cutting edge high-tech products are exhibited and sold as “battle-tested”, an exclusive label Israeli homeland security industry boasts. Israel became the world’s top arms exporter per capita.This grave violation of human rights is thus highly profitable for Israel’s war industry, disclosing another side of the claim of “only self-defense” and the interests beyond the lack of measure in the aggressions on Palestinians of Gaza.

Nonetheless, in spite of continual and serious breaches of international law and violation of human rights, and regardless of the commitment for upholding human rights of European countries, Israel enjoys an exceptionally privileged status in dealing with Europe, also through the Association Agreement, and has been receiving grants from the European Commission in the area of research and innovation (FP7 and its successor Horizon 2020). 

Funds are granted even to Israeli arms producers such as Elbit Systems and Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd (IAI), the producers of lethal drones that were used in the Gaza military assaults against civilians, together with numerous academic institutions that have close ties with Israeli military industry. 

We appeal to the European Union to impose a comprehensive military embargo on Israel, as long as Israel continues to blatantly violate human rights. We are deeply disturbed that public funds contributed by European taxpayers are channeled to a country that not only disregards human rights but also uses most advanced knowledge and technology for the very violation of human rights. We believe that knowledge and innovation should serve progress in humanity and society, not to develop dual-use or military research of a country that has a record history of grave human rights violations. This is not compatible with the values Europe upholds.

In 2017 more than 150 European trade unions, political parties, human rights organizations and faith groups from over 16 European countries issued a call urging the EU to uphold its legal responsibilities and exclude Israeli military companies from EU Framework Programs. 

We support Amnesty International’s call for a military embargo on Israel, issued last year following the attacks on the unarmed protesters of the Great March of Return using maiming bullets and brutal means by the Israeli army, unnecessary in that context.

Youth of Gaza appealed to you to stop funding Israeli manufacturers of weapons and surveillance system that guard their open-air prison, maimed them and destroyed their future. In support of their outcry we call upon European Union and European Commission to suspend the Association Agreement with Israel and exclude Israel as an eligible partner for Horizon Europe (successor of Horizon 2020), as long as it refuses to comply with the rules of international law. We also share the concern of B’Tselem, Israeli human rights organization, which stated “If the international community does not come to its senses and force Israel to abide by the rules that are binding to every state in the world, it will pull the rug out from under the global effort to protect human rights in the post-World War II era.

Signatories*:

  1. Dr Nozomi Takahashi, Center for Inflammation Research, VIB-Ghent University, Belgium
  2. Marc Van Ranst,Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Transplantation, KU Leuven,Belgium
  3. Dr Leander Meuris, Medical Biotechnology, VIB-Ghent University, Belgium
  4. Tarek Meguid,
  5. Em. John Dugard, Universities of Leiden and the Witwatersrand (UN Special Rapporteur onthe human rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory 2001-2008)
  6. Em. Herman De Ley, Ghent University, Belgium
  7. Dr Andrea Balduzzi, Università di Genova, Italy
  8. Giuliano Donzellini, University of Genua, Italy
  9. Sergio Morra,University of Genua, Italy 
  10. Paolo Bartolini, University of Genua, Italy 
  11. Dr Angela Waldegg, Austria
  12. Salvatore Palidda,University of Genua, Italy 
  13. Andrea Sbarbaro,office worker (psychologist),University of Genua, Italy
  14. Marcello Maneri, University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy
  15. Dr Syksy Räsäne, University of Helsinki, Finland
  16. Prof. Haseeb Shehadeh, University of Helsinki, Finland
  17. Paola Manduca, Former Associate Professor Genetics,University of Genoa, Italy
  18. Em.Giorgio Forti, Unuversità degli Studi di Milkano, Italy
  19. Adjunct Professor Pertti Multanen, University of Tampere, Finland
  20. Dr Angela Flynn, University College Cork, Ireland
  21. Docente ordinario Giuseppe Mosconi, Università di Padova, Italy
  22. Anna Boato, Uniiversità di Genova, Italy
  23. Dr Ronit Lentin, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, 
  24. Mathias Urban, Desmond Chair of Early Childhood Education, Dublin City University, Ireland
  25. Sancia Gaetani, Già Istituto Nazionale Nutrizione, Italy
  26. James Roche, Lecturer,Technoligical University Dublin, Ireland
  27. Angelo Baracca,University of Florence, Italy
  28. Giorgio M. Giallocosta, University of Genoa, Italy
  29. Prof PhD Alessandro Bianchi, Department Informatics – Univ. Bari, Italy
  30. Prof Elisabetta Donini, University of Turin, Italy
  31. Luca Queirolo Palmas,University of Genoa, Italy
  32. Rosella Franconi, Senior scientist, Italy
  33. Pediatric surgeon Bruno Cigliano, University “Federico II” Naples-Italy
  34. Vittorio Agnoletto,University of Milan, Italy
  35. Prof.Andrea Frova, Università di Roma “La Sapienza”, Physics Dept, Italy
  36. Prof. Mariapiera Marenzana, Ministry of Education, Italy
  37. Massimo Di Rosa, Italy
  38. Iain Chambers, University of Naples, “Orientale”, Italy
  39. Dr Paola Rivetti, Dublin City University, Ireland
  40. Lidia Curti, University of Naples, Italy
  41. Kati Juva, Helsinki University Central Hospital, Finland
  42. Hessel Christiane, Epouse de l’Ambassadeur de France Stéphane Hessel, France
  43. Bruno Lapauw, Ghent University, Belgium
  44. Matthieu Lenoir, Ghent University, Belgium
  45. Stef Craps, Ghent University, Belgium
  46. Dr De Baerdemaeker Luc, Ghent University, Belgium
  47. Ana Cabal, University of Antwerp, Belgium
  48. Dr Kristina Mercelis, Belgium
  49. Arch assistant. Geert Pauwels, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
  50. Van Laere, Royal academy for Archaeology of Belgium
  51. Karel Arnaut, KU Leuven – IMMRC, Belgium
  52. Dr Willie van Peer, University of Munich, Austria
  53. Dr Em. Frans Daems,University of Antwerp, Belgium
  54. Omar Jabary Salamanca, Ghent University, Belgium
  55. Jan Delrue, KU Leuven University, Belgium
  56. Prof. Christian Kesteloot, KU Leuven University, Belgium
  57. Em. Aviel Verbruggen, University of Antwerp, Belgium
  58. Medical student Serhat Yildirim,Ghent University , Belgium
  59. Emer. Piet Mertens, KU Leuven, Belgium
  60. Associate Professor Nadia Fadil, KU Leuven, Belgium
  61. Prof. Dr Patric Jacobs, Ghent University, Geology Deparment, Belgium
  62. Honourary Professor Michel Vanhoorne, Ghent University, Belgium
  63. Docent Jan Wyns, Belgium
  64. Prof. Marc David, Universiteit Antwerpen, Belgium
  65. Pieter Rombouts, Ghent University, Belgium
  66. Mireille Gleizes, Belgium
  67. Dr Barbara Van Dyck, University of Sussex, UK
  68. Prof. Claude Veraart, University of Louvain (UCL), Belgium
  69. Professeur Honoraire Pierre Gillis, Université de Mons, Belgium
  70. Researcher Patrick Italiano, University of Liege, Belgium
  71. Professeur Ordinaire Honoraire André Gob, Université de Liège, Belgium
  72. Researcher Jacques Moriau, ULB, Belgium
  73. Philosopher Marc Vandepitte, Technische Scholen Mechelen, Belgium
  74. Abdessalam Faraj, Belgium
  75. PhD Gillet S. University of Namur, Belgium
  76. Prof. Mateo Alaluf, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium
  77. Em. Biesemans Monique, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
  78. Prof. Fred Louckx, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
  79. Marc Jacquemain, University of Liege, Belgium
  80. Germain Marc, Université de Lille, France
  81. Professeur-chercheur Lucienne Strivay, Université de Liège, Belgium
  82. Gilles-Maurice de Schryver, Ghent University, Belgium
  83. Researcher Andrew Crosby, Université libre de Bruxelles, Belgium
  84. Bert Cornillie, KU Leuven, Belgium
  85. Docent Dario Giugliano, Accademia di Belle Arti di Napoli, Italy
  86. de Beer Daniel, Université Saint-Louis, Belgium
  87. Researcher M Louise Carels, Université de Liège, Belgium
  88. Victor Ginsburgh, Université libre de Bruxelles, Belgium
  89. Prof. Heinz D. Hurwitz, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium
  90. A. Maria Aurora De Angelis, SOAS University of London, UK
  91. Dr Jef Peeters, KU Leuven, Belgium
  92. Prof. Magda Devos, University of Ghent, Belgium
  93. Prof. Norbert Van den Bergh, Gent University, Belgium
  94. Prof. Stefan Kesenne, University of Antwerp, Belgium
  95. Dr Em. Madeline Lutjeharms, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
  96. Marie Scheirlinck, Belgium
  97. Koen Verrept, VUB, Belgium
  98. Roberto Beneduce, University of Turin, Italy
  99. Patricia Willson, Université de Liège, Belgium
  100. Prof. Christiane Schomblond, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium
  101. Prof. Florimond De Smedt, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
  102. Professeur Honoraire Mormont Marc, Université de Liège, Belgium
  103. Dr Zahidi, University of Antwerpen, Belgium 
  104. PhD Leena Saraste, Finland
  105. Prof. P. Marage, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium
  106. Prof. Michel Gevers, Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium 
  107. Senior Research Associate Giselle Corradi, Ghent University, Belgium
  108. Tiziana Terranova, Italy
  109. Honorary Prof. Albert Martens, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium 
  110. Prof. Vandermotten Christian, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium
  111. Jean-Claude Gregoire, Université libre de Bruxeles, Belgium 
  112. Researcher Xavier May, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium 
  113. Dr Duez Colette, University of Liege, Belgium
  114. PhD Tanneke Herklots, the Netherlands, 
  115. Prof. Marc De Meyere, Gent University, Belgium.

*Institutions are added for identification purposes only. All signatories have signed the letter in a personal capacity.

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One Response to “EU Blasted for Ever Closer Cooperation with Terror Regime in Israel”

  1. rosemerry says:

    Thanks for this post-it is great to see Stuart’s name again.
    I also find it disgraceful that NONE of the EU “nations” is brave enough to speak out.