European Parliament approves EU/Israel ACAA trade agreement/Letter of protest to Mrs Ashton, EU Chie

Sunday 11 November 2012 14:54 | Astrid Essed | 4949 keer bekeken | 1 reactie | 1 x aanbevolen

 EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT APPROVES EU-ISRAEL TRADE AGREEMENT/LETTER OF 
PROTEST TO MRS ASHTON, EU CHIEF FOREIGN AFFAIRS 



SEE ALSO 

http://www.theparliament.com/latest-news/articl... .UIjO-m_tRuY 

http://electronicintifada.net/content/european-... 




TO MRS C ASHTON 
HIGH REPRESENTATIVE OF THE UNION FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND SECURITY POLICY 
EU RELATION WITH ISRAEL IN THE LIGHT OF THE NOBEL PRIZE FOR PEACE 


''The Union's action on the international scene shall be guided by the principles which have 
inspired its own creation, development and enlargement, and which it seeks to advance in the wider 
world: democracy, the rule of law, the universality and indivisibility of human rights and 
fundamental freedoms, respect for human dignity, the principles of equality and solidarity, and respect for the principles of the United Nations Charter and international law.'' 

Article 21, Lisbon Treaty 

http://www.proyectos.cchs.csic.es/euroconstitut... 

Dear Mrs Ashton, 

My sincere congratulations with the Nobelprize for Peace, which has 
recently been given to the European Union 
As you'll know, receiving this Prize is not only a great honour, it also shapes 
the moral obligation and responsibility to promote peace and human rights in Europe and the rest of the world 
However, with regard to the Middle Eastern conflict, the European Union has seriously failed to maintain International Law and human rights, by not taking a firm stand against the occupying power of the Palestinian territories. 
The last sad proof of that failure: 
Recently 23 october 2012 European Parliament approved a trade deal with Israel, the Agreement on Conformity Assessment and Acceptence of Industrial Products ACAA, which will remove barriers to trade in pharmaceutical and industrial products between the EU and Israel. 
This ACCA trade is not an isolated thing, but fits in a plan, that work will be undertaken 
on about 60 different dossiers to strengthen relations between the EU and Israel 1 

ISRAEL, THE OCCUPYING COUNTRY 
HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS, TORTURE OF PRISONERS, WARCRIMES 

It's a bad signal for human rights to strengthen the relations with Israel, a State, that has a record in violating International Law for years. 
Israel has occupied the Palestinian terriitories since 1967, despite 
UN Security Resolution 242 1967, which summoned Israel to withdraw from the areas it 
had conquered in the june war 1967 
Despite this clear statement of International Law, Israel is still occupying country of the Palestinian areas and you know that. 
In those 45 years of occupation, Israel not only suppressed the rights on freedom of the 
Palestinians, it also committed many human rights violations and warcrimes, like the 
continuing administrative detention and torture torture of Palestinian prisoners 2and the indiscriminative military attacks on the Palestinian civilian population 3, which have been repeatedly condemned by European Union 

SETTLEMENTS 

Another hugh human rights violations is the existence of the settlements in the 
occupied Palestinian territories, which are illegal according to International Law 4 
Despite the numerous condemnations of those settlements, among else by several 
UN Security Resolutions, Israel continues the building of the settlements on the 
West Bank and occupied Eastern Jerusalem 
You, mrs Ashton, have recently condemned that 5, which is a good signal, but not enough 
The European Union must take actual measures against Israel and that means NOT the 
strenghtening of trade relations 

BLOCKADE GAZA 

Since Hamas took over power in 2007, Israel is blockading Gaza, which actually means the starvation of 
the Gazan civilian population, because Israel has closed its border crossings 
for food, medicines and other necessities of life 6 
This is not only a collective punishment, but also a warcrime 
You know of course, that International Law forbids starvation as a form 
of warfare 7, yet apart from the utter inhumanity, which has been condemned by human 
rights organisations like Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and the International Red 
Cross, as Mr Falk, UN Special Rapporteur 8 

That the Israeli government now and then enlightens the blockade is not enough 
It has to be lifted completely! 9 

MISSION OF THE EU 




The Lisbon Treaty states, that indivisibly of human rights and fundamental 
freedoms is one of the most important goals of the European Union 
That sounds beautiful, but means a dead letter on paper, as long as it is not 
applied in practice 

Strengthening trade ties with a State, which acts with complete disrespect for 
International Law, by occupying, stealing land which is the practice of settlements, 
committing warcrimes, starving the civilian population, building an illegal Wall 10 and torturing prisoners is the worst possible signal ever that the EU can give 

Therefore the mission of the EU must be: 

To give a clear signal to Israel, 
that it has to respect International Law, which means withdrawing from the 
occupied Palestinian territories and the Syrian Golan Heights, stop building and dismantling ALL settlements in occupied Palestinian territories, dismantling of the 
illegal Israeli wall and bringing to Justice those, who have committed human rights 
violations and warcrimes 

By Israeli refusal the EU must take actual measures against Israel, like political 
or economical sanctions 
And of course at first the ending of the ACCA and other trade deals with Israel 

EU condemnations are not enough, which the past has proved 

However, if the EU continues on the path of symbolic condemnations and 
strengthen the ties with Israel, the Nobel Prize for Peace means nothing and you can 
throw the Lisbon Treaty into the fire 

You are in the important position, to play a key part here 

Don't forget, that if the European Union continues to support Israel by ACCA and other trades and not taking sanctions, it is co responsible for the Israeli occupation, the maintaining of the settlements and all to commit human rights violations and warcrimes 

I don't think, the European will carry that on its conscience 

Thank you sincerely for reading this letter 


Kind greetings 

Astrid Essed 
The Netherlands 







THE GUARDIAN 
EU MOVE TO UPGRADE RELATIONS WITH ISRAEL 
23 JULY 2012 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/jul/23/isr... 




BTSELEM.ORG 

DETAINEES AND PRISONERS 
ADMINISTRATIVE DETENTION 

http://www.btselem.org/topic/administrative_det... 

TORTURE AND ABUSE UNDER INTERROGATION 

http://www.btselem.org/topic/torture 




AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL 
OPERATION CAST LEAD/22 DAYS OF DEATH AND DESTRUCTION 

http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/asset/MDE15/0... 


ISRAELI ATTACKS ON GAZA/DIRTY WAR AGAINST THE PALESTINIAN POPULATION 
ASTRID ESSED 

http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/regions/liverpoo... 




BTSELEM.ORG 

SETTLEMENTS AND LAND 
LAND EXPROPRIATION AND SETTLEMENTS 

http://www.btselem.org/topic/settlements 

INTERNATIONAL LAW 

http://www.btselem.org/settlements/internationa... 





THE JERUSALEM POST 
EU CHIEF SLAMS GILO NEIGHBOURHOOD EXPANSION PLAN 
20 OCTOBER 2012 

http://www.jpost.com/DiplomacyAndPolitics/Artic... 


OCCUPIED PALESTINE 
EUROPEAN UNION SLAMS ISRAEL'S PLAN TO 
EXPAND GILO SETTLEMENT 

20 OCTOBER 2012 

http://occupiedpalestine.wordpress.com/2012/10/... 




BTSELEM.ORG 

THE SIEGE ON GAZA 

http://www.btselem.org/gaza_strip/siege 






Starvation of civilians as a method of warfare is prohibited. 

ARTICLE 54, Protocol Additional to the Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949, and relating to the Protection of Victims of International Armed Conflicts 

http://www.icrc.org/ihl.nsf/FULL/470?OpenDocument 

SEE ALSO 

www.icrc.org 



BBC NEWS 
UN OFFICIAL SLAMS ISRAEL CRIMES 
10 December 2008 

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/7774988.stm 

HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH 
ISRAEL'S FUEL AND POWER CUTS VIOLATE LAWS OF WAR 
29 OCTOBER 2007 

http://www.hrw.org/news/2007/10/28/gaza-israel-... 

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL 
ISRAEL GAZA BLOCKADE MUST BE COMPLETELY LIFTED 
17 JUNE 2010 

http://www.amnesty.org/en/news-and-updates/isra... 



HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH 
ISRAEL/GAZA/EASING BLOCAKDE OF IMPORT A FIRST STEP 
21 JUNE 2010 

http://www.hrw.org/news/2010/06/21/israelgaza-e... 


THE INTERNATIONAL RED CROSS 
ISRAEL AND THE OCCUPIED TERRITORIES: PROVIDING SUPPORT 
IN GAZA AND MONITORING DETAINEES IN HUNGER STRIKE 
15 AUGUST 2012 

http://www.icrc.org/eng/resources/documents/upd... 




AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL 
ISRAEL GAZA BLOCKADE MUST BE COMPLETELY LIFTED 
17 JUNE 2010 

http://www.amnesty.org/en/news-and-updates/isra... 


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BTSELEM.ORG 

SEPARATION BARRIER 

http://www.btselem.org/topic/separation_barrier 

ADVISORY OPINION OF THE INTERNATIONAL COURT OF JUSTICE 

http://www.btselem.org/separation_barrier/inter...

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    Re: Astrid Essed

    Wednesday 14 November 2012 20:11 | Vincent Brunott |

    Bewonderenswaardig zoals jij aan de weg blijft timmeren. Ik denk dat we het tenslotte niet moeten hebben van internationaal recht, kerken, verenigingen, politieke partijen, de media en al die andere instituties die mij het gevoel geven dat ze eigenlijk, door hoe ze functioneren, volledig achterhaald zijn vanwege: 

    Protocollen, formaliteiten, versleten ratio, traditie, gewichtig doen, stemmen uitbrengen, vergaderen, kilometerslange statuten, ziekelijk jargon, zwelgen in abstracties zoals bijvoorbeeld op het gebied van moraal, symboolpolitiek, lintjes doorknippen, prijzen uitreiken, enz. En ondertussen groepsgewijs en tamelijk blindelings versleten belangen najagen op een manier die mensen tegen elkaar opzet en op allerlei terreinen een verwoestende uitwerking heeft. Dit is een generaliserend en uiterst kort door de bocht tendentieus gevoelsbeeld maar anders wordt dit een erg lange reactie... 

    Ik denk dat het tenslotte uit onszelf moet komen en dat het anders niet komt. Maar ondertussen bestaan al die instituties, hebben we er rekening mee te houden en als we ze in goede zin kunnen bijsturen door er deel van uit te maken of ze aan te spreken op hoe ze functioneren moeten we dat niet achterwege laten. Nou ja, ik bewonder het dat je je zo inzet en dat je kans ziet om dat zo gedegen te doen! 

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