PLO Executive Committee Member, Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, met with the EU Commission’s Coordinator on Combating Anti-Semitism, Katharina von Schnurbein, at the PLO Headquarters in Ramallah.
Both parties reviewed the EU position on racism and human rights, including the causes of xenophobia, racism and populism in Europe and beyond, and combating anti-semitism and anti-Muslim hatred.
Commenting on the Palestinian question, Ashrawi stressed, “The culture of racism and hate that is generated by the occupation is one of the most destructive expressions of the abnormal conditions on the ground, whereby the Palestinians are languishing under a cruel occupation while Israel enjoys immunity and preferential treatment.”
EU coord on combating anti-Semitism, Katharina von Schnurbein, met w/ Palestinian Hanan Ashrawi(PLO)
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She added, “Dealing with the causes of the occupation and respecting international law and international humanitarian law are the keys to peace and to combating violence, extremism and hatred.”
Regarding Europe’s role in the Palestinian context, Ashrawi expressed regret for the preferential treatment of Israel and the lack of accountability, in defiance of international law.
She called on the EU to effectively use its own laws and legislation to hold Israel accountable for its persistent violations of international law and Palestinian human rights.