Israeli officials are likely to try to sabotage a European Union draft resolution that would emphasize the distinction between Israel and the West Bank territory it controls, the left-wing Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz reported Friday, citing senior Israeli officials and EU diplomats. Israeli officials are concerned the resolution could set the stage for sanctions against Israeli businesses operating out of West Bank settlements, sources said.
LONDON A campaign to raise awareness about racism towards Palestinians in Israeli public life is trying to reach out to parliamentarians across Europe. “Hundreds of European parliamentarians had been contacted as part of the campaign’s goal to end the silence on Israeli racism and discrimination towards Palestinians,” said Zaher Birawi, chairman of the EuroPal Forum, a pro-Palestine group. The media campaign ‘Israeli Racism in Quotes’, which was launched two weeks ago, is marking the 71st anniversary of the “Nakba” (Catastrophe) and focuses on using imagery to raise awareness about the extent of the discrimination towards Palestinians in Israeli public life. A key part of this initiative, which since its launch has consisted of the daily release of imagery and the sending of letters to human rights organizations and politicians, is the direct targeting of politicians across Europe with the intention of fostering awareness about the discriminatory rhetoric that is rife in Israeli politics and among the country’s spiritual leaders, a statement from EuroPal said. “These politicians have been contacted with the expressed request to use their agency to take action against the leaders of the occupying state who have issued these statements contrary to the values enshrined in international law, norms and conventions,” Birawi told Anadolu Agency. The forum has contacted hundreds of parliamentarians across Europe, including in Italy, Switzerland, Sweden and the U.K. “to make some headway towards dispelling the myth that Israel is a democracy”. “In this light, EuroPal quoted over 65 anti-Palestinian policies, such as the Nation-State Law, that provided ample evidence of a discriminatory policy program geared towards the structural and constitutional subordination of Palestinian rights,” according to a statement from the forum. Birawi added that the EuroPal Forum’s ‘Israeli Racism in Quotes’ campaign will continue for at least a month and will be followed by a series of seminars across European parliaments that will look at the roots of Israel’s racism towards the Palestinians and how such racism plays out in practice. He said politicians in the Western world should stop their double standards vis-à-vis the Palestine question and raise their voice against these derogatory statements as they do against instances of racism, antisemitism and Islamophobia. At present, EuroPal is releasing one visual per day on its Instagram, Facebook and Twitter platforms.
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