Dozens of MEPs sent an open letter to Martin Schulz, president of the European Parliament, expressing their disbelief following his comments in the Israeli press opposing the EU guidelines on labelling settlement products adopted on 11 November 2015.
The letter, promoted by MEP Alyn Smith is calling on Martin Schulz to clarify “such unexpected and distressing statements”
“As you are well aware, the European Parliament has unequivocally expressed its support for the Labelling Guidelines, including in its latest resolution on the Middle East Peace Process, which was co-signed by all political groups last September ” – the letter reads.
“Notwithstanding the fact that you should represent the Parliament’s position, we do not understand your newly declared opinion based on your belief that the settlements are an economic benefit to Palestinians. We remind you that all Palestinian trade unions have welcomed the EU guidelines, as well as 550 leading Israeli figures6 including Israel’s Nobel Prize in economics, Daniel Kahneman. Israel’s occupation is estimated to cost the Palestinians 85% of their GDP7, monopolising the bulk of Palestine’s land and water resources – the very point which you have had the courage to raise in front of the Knesset in February 2015, asking « why an Israeli can use 70 cubic litres of water daily and a Palestinian only 17″. We are well aware that the settlement enterprise is largely responsible for the high unemployment of Palestinians and for severely undermining Palestine’s economic base.” – the MEPs say.
On 23 November 2019, EuroPal Forum and Middle East Monitor co-hosted a conference at the Holiday Inn Bloomsbury in London on the relations between Europe and Palestine. A first of its kind, the conference brought together individuals at the forefront of discourse on Palestine in
As the European Court of Justice (ECJ) rules that European Union countries must identify products made in Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory, MEMO and EuroPal Forum are hosting a conference to discuss the EU’s position on major issues related to the occupat