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Finally! EU officials condemn Palestinian policy of ‎paying jailed terrorists

Speaking to Abbas’ government’s policy that continue its ‘Pay to Slay’ monthly stipends to those who kill Israelis, EU officials visiting Israel said, “Violence should not be rewarded or encouraged in any way, but instead prevented and condemned.”

By Ariel Kahana & Israel Hayom Staff

 

European Union officials on Wednesday spoke out for ‎the first time ‎against the Palestinian Authority’s ‎practice of paying stipends to ‎terrorists imprisoned ‎in Israel and the families of terrorists ‎killed ‎while carrying out attacks against Israelis.‎

A delegation of senior EU officials is visiting ‎Israel and the ‎Palestinian Authority this week and ‎is expected to meet with Israeli ‎and Palestinian ‎officials. Continue Reading »

Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania block EU rant over US embassy move

Three eastern European countries take a principled stand with Israel by blocking a formal EU statement admonishing the U.S. over their upcoming Embassy move to Jerusalem on Monday.

By AFP

 

The Czech Republic, Hungary and Romania have recently blocked a (EU) statement slamming the United States over its plan to move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, a spokesman said Saturday.

Once again the EU takes a stand against Israel’s sovereignty. – Wikimedia Commons

“The Czech Republic has protested against the planned statement,” Jiri Ovcacek, spokesman for Czech President Milos Zeman, told AFP.

“We appreciate that Hungary and Romania have taken the same principled stance,” he said, adding Zeman had agreed on the refusal with Prime Minister Andrej Babis and Foreign Minister Martin Stropnicky. Continue Reading »

EU censures Israel for advancing death penalty for terrorists bill in Knesset

Hours after the Knesset passed first vote in favor of a bill alleviating requirements for imposing death penalty on convicted terrorist murderers, the European Union jumps to criticize Israel’s legislative decision as ‘inhuman’ punishment.’

By David Rosenberg

 

The European Union slammed Israel Wednesday, hours after a bill aimed at encouraging prosecutors to seek the death penalty for terrorist murderers passed its first hurdle in the Knesset.

The Knesset, located in Jerusalem, capital of Israel – Photo: IsraelandStuff/PP

The Knesset voted 52 to 49 Wednesday in favor of a bill pushed by Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman’s Yisrael Beytenu party which would ease the conditions under which terrorists convicted of murder could be sentenced to death. Continue Reading »

European Court of Justice considers removing Hamas from terrorist organization blacklist

 

UNBELIEVABLE: The European Court of Justice’s advocate-general recommends that the court uphold the lower court’s ruling, and remove Hamas from being listed as a terror group.
– Will the EU ignore #PalestinianDeathCulture?

By YONAH JEREMY BOB

 

The European Court of Justice is due to decide on Wednesday whether to keep Hamas listed as a terror organization.

The listing is important because it keeps various Hamas funds frozen, limits Hamas from openly doing business in the EU and limits the mobility of Hamas-affiliated persons.

Although the US lists Hamas as a terror organization, the idea of the EU listing Hamas as a terror group has already received two major blows in recent years. Continue Reading »

Netanyahu caught on ‘hot-mike’ when speaking to European leaders

Politicly Incorrect Netanyahu: “I think Europe has to decide if it wants to live and thrive or if it wants to shrivel and disappear. I am not very politically correct. I know that’s a shock to some of you…..But the truth is the truth, both about Europe’s security and Europe’s economic future. Both of these concerns mandate a different policy toward Israel.”
– MUST WATCH VIDEO: Netanyahu address the Visegrad Group – Leaders of Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia.

By David Rosenberg

 

A private conversation between Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and four central and eastern European leaders was accidentally transmitted to journalists outside of the meeting, when Netanyahu forgot to remove a microphone he was wearing. Continue Reading »

With 32 global crises, Israel blasts EU for being ‘obsessed’ with demolition of illegal structures

 

Jerusalem accuses the E.U. for being ‘obsessed’ with Israel’s court sanctioned demolitions of illegal structures, instead of focusing on any of the 32 humanitarian crises around the world.

By i24NEWS

 

In a sharp criticism of the European Union on Tuesday, Israel’s Foreign Ministry accused Europe of focusing more time and energy on Israel’s West Bank demolition plans, than the mass of humanitarian crises happening all around the world, reported Haaretz.

Israel demolished illegal structures in the West Bank’s Area C, August 9, 2016 – Photo: COGAT Spokesperson

“There are 32 humanitarian crises around the world, but the EU chooses to disproportionately focus only on what is done in Area C of the West Bank, which are most definitely not suffering a humanitarian crisis,” the Foreign Ministry’s EU department director Avivit Bar-Ilan reportedly said, adding that she was “astounded” at the EU’s obsession with the demolitions in Area C, which is the part of the West Bank wholly under Israel’s control. Continue Reading »

EU awards Israel’s Technion €7.7 million for extending food shelf-life project

 

The three year project aims at improving nanotechnology-based antimicrobial packaging for perishable foods, thus enhancing food safety and reducing food waste caused by early spoilage.

By Anav Silverman/TPS

 

The European Union recently awarded €7.7 million to the international NanoPack Project, led by the Technion, the Israel Institute of Technology, to develop a solution for extending food shelf life. NanoPack is funded as part of HORIZON 2020, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.

Dr. Ester Segal – Photo: Nitzan Zohar/Technion Spokesperson’s office

According to Dr. Ester Segal, NanoPack’s coordinator and associate professor at Haifa’s Technion, NanoPack is working to introduce nanotechnology-based antimicrobial packaging solutions to further food safety. Continue Reading »

PLO chief livid as Europe fails to back BDS, gives empty support for Palestinian cause

 

#BDSfail: Erekat sends op-ed to Newsweek expressing his ‘astonishment’ at European officials now opposing the anti-Israel BDS movement, demanding that the EU issue fresh statements reversing such positions.

By Ryan Jones

 

Saeb Erekat, the Palestinian Authority’s chief “peace” negotiator and current secretary-general of the PLO terrorist organization, lashed out this week over Europe’s failure to more substantially support efforts to boycott Israel.

Erekat penned an op-ed for Newsweek in which he asserted that the Palestinians were “astonished” by recent statements by European officials opposing the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

The Palestinian official was shocked that European leaders had recently praised Israel’s human rights record, tacitly approved the import of Jewish “settler” products, and, at least in the UK, taken steps to criminalize boycotts against Israel.

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EU follows UNESCO lead to disregard Jewish connection with Temple Mount

 

In response to the Palestinian-Jordanian draft decision an Israeli official said the Europeans’ proposal also denies any Jewish connection to the Temple Mount, despite France’s apology & admission of error in supporting last April’s UNESCO proposal that did the same.

By Itamar Eichner

 

The Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem is fuming over a draft decision distributed on Thursday by representatives of the European Union at meetings of UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee in Istanbul on the subject of the Israeli capital’s Old City that completely ignores the Jewish connection to the site.

Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount. – Photo: AFP

The proposal is an alternative to the Jordanian-Palestinian one announced earlier this week. Continue Reading »

Regavim appeals to Supreme Court on illegal Palestinian settlements

Israeli NGO Regavim files appeal with Supreme Court against Defense Minister Liberman & Civil Administration for not enforcing law on illegal Bedouin camp.

By Reut Hada

 

The organization Regavim has filed a Supreme Court appeal against Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman (Yisrael Beytenu) and the Civil Administration, claiming that they did not do their duty in enforcing the law against an illegal Palestinian outpost near Jerusalem.

The illegal Palestinian outpost – Photo: Regavim

The site, which was built with European Union money in 2015, is located near the village of Hizme, north of Jerusalem.

This is not the first time Regavim has turned to the Supreme Court over illegal EU-funded construction, though the current appeal notes that the buildings are located on private Arab land. Continue Reading »

EU condemns Israel’s new NGO ‘transparency’ law

 

The European Union and the White House are “concerned” over Israel’s new law for good reason: Covert, anti-Israel funding by foreign governments will now be exposed.

By Associated Press

 

The European Union has criticized the new NGOs Transparency Law that increases regulation of many human rights organizations, saying it risks “undermining” Israel’s democratic ideals.

EU foreign policy chief Mogherini meets with Prime Minister Netanyahu in Jerusalem – Photo: Amit Shabi

The law, passed late Monday, imposes new reporting requirements on nonprofit groups that receive more than half of their funding from foreign governments.

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While its supporters, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, say the law is meant to increase transparency, it applies almost exclusively to liberal groups, often funded by the EU, that are critical of Israeli policies toward the Palestinians. Continue Reading »

Israel High Court of Justice rules gov’t policy should suffice on fate of illegal EU structures

 

High Court of Justice rules state should have wide discretion to decide whether demolition orders issued against illegally built European Union-financed structures east of Jerusalem should be executed or not.

By Yair Altman

 

Israeli authorities should not be forced to implement demolition orders that were issued for European Union-built structures east of Jerusalem, the High Court of Justice said on Monday.

Construction along Highway 1 has been contested by local Jewish communities – Photo: Courtesy of the Regavim organization

The Kfar Adumim community and the Regavim movement had asked the court to order the implementation of the demolition orders for more than a dozen structures in Kfar Adumim’s municipal boundaries, claiming that the state was shirking its duty to enforce the law. Continue Reading »

EU ‘deeply concerned’ over Israel’s Security Wall

EU unconcerned Israel’s Security Wall has been a proven factor in lowering deaths/terrorist attacks, rather only addresses concerns that the fence may harm Palestinian Arabs’ livelihood.

By Arutz Sheva staff

 

The European Union said on Friday it was “deeply concerned” by Israel’s construction of a new part of the security fence between it and Palestinian Authority (PA) controlled territories.

Cranes last week began erecting the fence in the Cremisan valley near the Palestinian town of Beit Jala south of Jerusalem after a legal battle.

The EU said in a statement it was “deeply concerned at the relaunch of works for the construction of the separation barrier in the Cremisan valley.”

“Once built, the barrier will severely restrict access of almost 60 Palestinian families to their agricultural land and profoundly affect their livelihoods,” it claimed.

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UN envoy urges EU to exert  pressure on Israel over demolition of illegal EU buildings

 

view videoIt appears the EU & UN have allied to halt Israel’s policy of demolishing illegally built structures the EU has been improperly erecting on state land.

By Reuters

 

BRUSSELS – A UN envoy urged the European Union on Friday to raise political pressure on Israel over accelerating demolitions of Palestinians home in the West Bank, which he said run against international law and increasingly affect aid projects sponsored by the bloc.

Robert Piper, a United Nations assistant secretary general and the head of humanitarian affairs for the Palestinian territories, briefed EU officials in Brussels on that, noting there have been over 540 demolitions and confiscations so far this year. Continue Reading »

BDS Demands EU officials boycott anti-BDS conference in Jerusalem

 

Leaders of the anti-Israel movement urged EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini to stop EU’s ambassador to the Jewish State from attending the Yedioth Ahronoth’s anti-BDS conference in Jerusalem, scheduled for this Monday.

By Itamar Eichner

 

Representatives of the BDS movement have demanded that the EU boycott the Yedioth Ahronoth and Ynet anti-BDS conference, which will convene on Monday in Jerusalem. The BDS movement has demanded that EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini order EU Ambassador to Israel Lars Faaborg-Andersen to not participate in a conference panel alongside pro-settlement political leader Dani Dayan.

EU foreign affairs chief Mogherini.

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