European Leaders Pledge Support for Israel, Condemn Hamas and Halt Palestinian Aid

EUROPE, 16 Oct 2023

Fatima Al-Kassab | NPR – TRANSCEND Media Service


Israel’s flag is projected onto the front of 10 Downing Street in a show of support on Sunday in London.
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9 Oct 2023 – Landmark buildings around Europe, including 10 Downing Street in London and the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, have lit up with the Israeli flag — and some cities have seen pro-Palestinian protests — as governments across the continent convened emergency meetings to respond to the conflict in Israel and Gaza.

Concern is also growing after reports that citizens from the United Kingdom, France and possibly other European countries were among the dead or missing.

Here are some of the ways some European countries have responded since the fighting began early Saturday.

Steadfast support

Britain’s prime minister, Rishi Sunak, records a video message about the situation in Israel on Sunday in Aylesbury, England. Suzanne Plunkett/Getty Images

In the United Kingdom, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has said his government is “poised” to provide diplomatic, intelligence or security support, if requested, to Israel. The U.K. is one of Israel’s “strongest allies,” he said. The government has not ruled out evacuating its citizens from affected areas, saying keeping Britons safe is its “utmost priority.” Sunak held a phone call with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday.

The deputy prime minister, Oliver Dowden, said Monday evening that his government was reviewing its aid to the Palestinian territories.

A spokesperson from the UK Foreign Office issued a statement saying it does not comment on individual consular cases. “The safety of all British nationals continues to be our utmost priority and we urge everyone to continue to follow our travel advice which is updated regularly.”

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said Germany “stands steadfastly by Israel’s side.”

French President Emmanuel Macron condemned the attacks and said he had held talks with Prime Minister Netanyahu as well as with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Lebanon’s caretaker prime minister, Najib Mikati.

The Israeli flag will be projected onto the Brandenburg Gate on the sidelines of the Festival of Lights as a show of solidarity. Fabian Sommer/dpa/picture alliance/Getty Images

The European Union’s executive arm announced it was suspending all aid to the Palestinian territories.

“As the biggest donor of the Palestinians, the European Commission is putting its full development aid, worth a total of EUR 691m [$728 million] under review,” Oliver Varhelyi, EU commissioner for neighbor and enlargement, said in a post on X, formerly known as Twitter.

“The scale of terror and brutality against #Israel and its people is a turning point. There can be no business as usual,” he said.

The EU will hold an extraordinary meeting of its foreign ministers Tuesday in Muscat, Oman, to discuss the situation.

European citizens dead and missing

The BBC reported more than 10 British citizens are feared dead or missing in Israel, citing an unnamed official U.K. source. Among those killed in Israel was 20-year-old British man, Nathanel Young, who was serving in the Israeli Defense Forces, according to several British news reports.

The U.K. Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office did not immediately respond to NPR’s request for comment.

The French government said two of its citizens were killed in Israel.

On Monday, French lawmaker Meyer Habib tweeted that at least eight French nationals were missing, dead or taken hostage after Hamas’ attack on Israel began Saturday. He said he spoke to a man who confirmed that his son, a 26-year-old French man who was living in Israel, was taken hostage by Hamas.

Germany’s Foreign Ministry said it assumes German citizens are among those kidnapped by Hamas, according to Le Monde.

In France and Germany, security has been ramped up at Jewish institutions, synagogues and Jewish schools. London’s Metropolitan Police has also stepped up patrols after videos emerged of celebrations in the city of the attacks against Israel.

Protesters hold flares during a pro-Palestinian demonstration in London, Monday, two days after Hamas fighters launched an unprecedented, multi-front attack on Israel. Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP

Public support for Palestinian rights and sympathy for the Palestinian cause, according to surveys, has been stronger in some European countries than it is in the United States. One poll published in July by the company YouGov found that, of people in European countries with opinions about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, there was a greater tendency to side with the Palestinians. The exception was Germany, where respondents were almost evenly split on the issue.

This week, there have been pro-Palestinian protests in London, Berlin and some U.S. cities.

Scottish leader’s relatives in Gaza

Scotland’s leader, First Minister Humza Yousaf, is one of those who has found his family affected by the conflict. He told journalists in Scotland on Monday that his parents-in-law were currently trapped in Gaza. The parents of Yousaf’s wife, Nadia El-Nakla, who is of Palestinian heritage, had been visiting relatives in Gaza when they found themselves trapped as Israel began its attacks on the territory this weekend. The Scottish first minister said his parents-in-law had been told by Israeli authorities to leave because “Gaza will effectively be obliterated” but that nobody could guarantee them safe passage out.

“I’m in a situation where, frankly, night by night, day by day, we don’t know whether or not my mother-in-law and father-in-law — who have nothing to do, as most Gazans don’t, with Hamas or with any terror attack — whether they will make it through the night or not,” Yousaf said.

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One Response to “European Leaders Pledge Support for Israel, Condemn Hamas and Halt Palestinian Aid”

  1. samir sardana says:

    THERE ARE MANY WINNERS IN THIS “ILLUSION OF WAR”

    ISRAEL WINS AS IT GETS FINANCIAL AND MILITARY AID AND SYMPATHY AND A CHANCE TO MAKE GREATER ISRAEL OR TAKE OVER GAZA AND SEAL GAZA PORT
    NETANYAHU GETS A CHANCE TO BE A HERO AND HAS RALLIED THE NATION BEHIND HIM
    TRUMP GAINS – AS HE PLAYS THE 6 BILLION TO IRAN AND HAMAS ATTACK
    CHINA GAINS AS IT GETS DIVERSION FOR SCS WAR,AND GETS A CHANCE TO SHOW THE SAUDIS THAT THE US CANNOT PROTECT ITS ALLIES.
    CHINA SHOWS THE GCC AND JAPAN/SEOUL, THAT US CANNOT PROTECT IS STRATGIC ALLIES
    CHINA HAS BLOWN UP THE INDIA,DUBAI,MIDDLE EAST,HAIFA,EU CORRIDOR – IMEC
    TURKEY GAINS AS IT CAN BROKER A PEACE DEAL AND HOSTAGE SWAP
    RUSSIA GETS DIVERSION FROM UKRAINE AND A PAUSE IN US AID TO UKRAINE
    OIL IS UP AND THAT IS THE GAIN OF IRAN AND RUSSIA
    IRAN GAINS AS SAUDI ISRAELI DEAL IS OFF
    IRAN HAS USED HAMAS TO GAME IDF WAR TACTICS AND THE IRON DOME
    HAMAS GAINS AS A LEGIT PALESTINIAN SYMPATHISER AND WILL GET MORE MONEY AND WEAPONS,AND HAS FURTHER UNDERMINED PLO AND PA
    GAZA WILL BE REBUILT AND THE CONSTRUCTION CONTRACTS AND AID WILL GO TO HAMAS
    HAMAS HAS 100 HOSTAGES INCLDING SOME KNESSET RELATIVES
    31 STUDENT UNIONS OF HARVARD SUPPORT PALESTINE ! WHOM DOES THAT BENEFIT ?
    AMERICANS GET A CHANCE TO RE-ESTABLISH THEIR CONTROL ON THE MIDDLE EAST AND UPGRADE SECUIRTY SYSTEMS AND DRIVE DEEPER THE WEDGE BETWEEN IRAN AND THE ARABS
    SYRIAN BASHAR ASSAD GETS A CHANCE TO TAKE BACK GOLAN !
    KASHMIR FREEDOM FIGHTERS WILL GET BEST PRACTICE LESSONS FROM HAMAS

    WHEN ALL ARE WINNERS – IT MEANS IT IS A CONTROLLED EXPLOSION ! A FALSE FLAG !

    THE US + ISRAEL = MASTER RACE !

    WHAT IS BOKO HARAM + SHABAB ?

    THEY ARE THE JUSTIFICATION FOR AFRICOM AND US TROOPS AND BASES IN AFRICA !

    AIM IS NOT TO BE CONTENT TO CHOKE MALACCA FOR CHINA !

    AIM IS STOP AU SUPPLIES TO CHINA – BY DESTABILSING THE AU !

    LOOK AT THE SAHEL COUP BELT !

    1ST THE COUP !

    THEN COME IN ISIS/QAEDA/SHABAB !

    THEN COMES DESTRUCTION !

    AND THEN COMES IN US DEMOCRACY AND TOM CRUISE !

    WHO IS THE LEADER IN THE WORLD IN CYBER/AI/SURVEILLANCE/PEGASUS/BORDER SECURITY…………………..

    ISRAEL !

    WHO COULD HAVE BLINDED ISRAEL ?

    ISRAEL ?

    OR THE BUYERS OF THE TECH ?

    EGYPT ? CHINA ???????????????

    TOWNS OF JEWS NEAR THE BORDER HAD NO DRONES ????? DRONES DID NOT RELAY TO IDF BASES AND DID NOT TRACE THE TRAIL OF THE HAMAS JEEPS WHICH TOOK THE HOSTAGES TO GAZA ?

    TO PINPOINT THEIR LOCATIONS AND DO A SPECIAL FORCES RAID !

    WHO IS BUYING THIS ? dindooohindoo

    ISRAEL HAD HIRED 800 RABBIS TO CHANT INCANTATIONS IN AL AQSA FOR ITS DESTRUCTION !

    THAT WAS THE PRETEXT FOR HAMAS – AND WIL BE FOR HEZB AND ALL ARABS !

    SO IT WAS PLANND BY MOSSAD THAT WAY ! MOSSAD KNEW IT ALL ALONG ! IT IS NOT AN INT FAILURE !

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