B’Tselem Head: Europe Should ‘Wake Up’, Use Leverage to End Israel Violations

The director of B'Tselem, Hagai El-Ad, addresses the UN Security Council in New York, United States, Oct. 14, 2016. (Photo: via Facebook)

The head of Israeli human rights NGO B’Tselem has urged European governments to “wake up” and use their “leverage” in order to pressure Israel to end its persistent violations of international law.

Writing in +972 Magazine, Executive Director Hagai El-Ad said Europe “has worn away its own credibility for years by repeatedly “expressing concern” over “the eroding possibility” of bringing an end to the occupation”, but without taking any serious action.

“For if Israel continues to cement its grasp all over the West Bank, why does Europe take seriously the occasional Israeli lip service to the ‘peace process’?” he asked.

“And as Israel’s policy of forcibly displacing Palestinians from parts of the occupied territories is indeed a war crime, what is the EU’s effective counteraction?”

And for how much longer will the lie of “Israeli democracy”, alongside a 21st-century version of institutionalized oppression and dispossession, be accepted at Europe’s doorstep?” he added.

According to the B’Tselem head, thanks to the sheer bluntness of current American positions and Israeli actions, Europe can no longer pretend with any degree of credibility that the policy it is pursuing is one of supporting an American-led ‘peace process’.

“As Israel’s number one trade partner,” El-Ad argued, “Europe has all the leverage it needs to inform Israeli voters that they cannot continue to have it both ways – enjoy perks justified by presumed shared democratic values, all while trampling those very values.”

“By continuing to express ‘serious concern’ instead of acting, Europe is deciding to allow others to lead the way, and de facto accepting the abundantly clear consequences,” he added.

(MEMO, PC, Social Media)

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  1. The israel atrocities in Palestine must be stopped by any means available, because Jews/Israelis would survive only if they maintain their moral, spiritual and intellectual standards.It is true that there are today an increasing number of Jews who believe that their real survival mechanism as described by Ben-Gurion has been placed at risk by recent Israeli governments whose actions have made a mockery of the moral principles and values of Judaism.

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