Benjamin Netanyahu has secured his fourth term as Israel’s prime minister, thanks in no small part to his last-minute embrace of outright alarmism and intransigence. In the last few days of a bitter campaign, he vowed never to allow the creation of a Palestinian state and promised to continue building in occupied east Jerusalem.
The Europeans have been forging an increasingly specific policy towards the Arab-Israeli conflict, centred on the Green (1949 Armistice) Line as the provisional border between Israel and Palestine. While this is a clever strategy, several important aspects will come to the fore in the near future and will need to be addressed for it to be fully effective in an increasingly difficult international environment.
Palestinian refugees who have fled the violence in Syria and are now in neighbouring Lebanon hold the international community and UNRWA responsible for failing to make adequate provision for them. This, they have alleged, pushes hundreds to make the perilous journey to Turkey and Europe by illegal means, leading to the drowning of hundreds of migrants in the Mediterranean Sea.
Most nations along Europe's refugee corridor abruptly shut their borders Thursday to those not coming from war-torn countries such as Syria, Afghanistan or Iraq, leaving thousands desperately seeking a better life in the continent stranded at Balkan border crossings.
On November 11th 2015, the European Commission issued new guidelines for the labelling of products from the illegal Israeli settlements in the West Bank.This is merely a symbolic gesture by the EU to re-affirm its policy of non-recognition of Israeli sovereignty in the West Bank. However, by merely labelling settlement products, as opposed to banning them, the EU de facto recognises them as legitimate, as long as their origin is marked.
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