Tag Archive for European Union

EU resolution on razing illegally built Bedouin village ‘may be war crime’

With calls for restitution for their investments of “an estimated ‎‎€315,000 worth of EU-funded humanitarian ‎assistance,” the European Parliament members condemned Israel’s plan to remove the illegal Bedouin encampment in a 320 to 277 ‎vote, noting, “The demolition of Khan al-Ahmar and the forcible ‎transfer of its residents would constitute a grave ‎breach of international humanitarian law.”
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ast week Israel’s High Court of Justice ruled that there ‎‎was no legal reason to prevent the illegally built homestead’s ‎‎relocation.

By News Agencies and Israel Hayom Staff


‎The European Union on Thursday warned that Israel’s ‎plan to demolish the Bedouin herding village of ‎Khan al-Ahmar, east of Jerusalem, may amount to a ‎war crime.‎

Khan al-Ahmar is located off a highway that runs ‎through the West Bank from Jerusalem to the Dead ‎Sea. Continue Reading »

EU warns Israel should High Court ruling to raze illegal encampment be enforced

EU foreign policy chief Federica ‎Mogherini says Israel’s High Court of Justice ruling will have “‎‎serious ‎consequences.”
• Pro-Palestinian group urges EU to show Israel “what it stands to lose.”
• WATCH video on illegal EU settlements


By Eldad Beck, News Agencies and Israel Hayom Staff


The European Union warned Israel over the weekend ‎that the planned demolition of an illegal Bedouin ‎village in the ‎West Bank will have “‎‎serious ‎consequences” and will pose a significant threat to ‎the two-state solution.‎

Israel’s High Court of Justice on Wednesday cleared ‎the way for the planned demolition of Khan al-Ahmar, ‎an illegal Bedouin ‎encampment located 10 kilometers ‎‎(6 miles) east of ‎Jerusalem between the Israeli ‎communities of Maaleh ‎Adumim and Kfar Adumim, which ‎is home to some 180 Bedouin. Continue Reading »

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 »

EU official warns Israel: President Trump won’t be around forever

After rebuking Europeans over their acceptance of Hamas’ narrative of Gaza border riots, Europe’s defense of Iran’s nuclear deal, and their rejection of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, one EU official warns Israel to tread carefully, since Trump won’t always be President to protect it.

By Israel Today Staff


For once, the zeal of Washington’s support for Israel seems to match that of the American people. And the Jewish state is basking in the nearly-unquestioned backing of its policies, concerns and claims. So much so that Jerusalem has of late taken a somewhat more aggressive stance toward less cooperate allies.

According to a senior European Union official cited by Hadashot TV, Israel’s making a big mistake in that regard. 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 »

Netanyahu tells EU president: Stop forcing Israel into agreements that threaten our existence




The European Union must stop pressuring Israel to enter dangerous agreements that threaten the future of the Jewish state, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in Jerusalem on Monday night.

Europe “seeks to unilaterally press Israel into agreements that will endanger our very existence and therefore your very defense,” Netanyahu publicly told visiting European Council President Donald Tusk prior to holding a private discussion with him.

Israel’s Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu (R) gestures during a news conference with his Polish counterpart Donald Tusk after a joint meeting of Polish and Israeli ministers in Jerusalem.

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Palestinians gleaming with almost unanimous UNHRC support


Palestinian foreign minister contends result of UNHRC’s vote on 4 resolutions condemning Israel acknowledges “indisputable right” for Palestinian independence.


The Palestinians on Saturday welcomed the almost unanimous show of support they received at the United Nations Human Rights Council as it ended its 25th session in Geneva.


Four resolutions condemning Israeli treatment of Palestinians in the West Bank, east Jerusalem and Gaza passed by a 46-to-1 vote. Italy, Germany and France on behalf of the European Union were among the nations that stood against Israel.

“This vote confirms the world’s clear condemnation of the systematic human rights violations committed by Israel, the occupying power, against the Palestinian people and their fundamental rights,” said Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister Riad Malki. Continue Reading »

EU’s Obsession against Israel is hindrance towards peace

Officials in Jerusalem to tell EU foreign policy chief Ashton, that “obsessive” focus on settlements and nothing on violent Palestinian attacks, incitement, or corruption gives the PA a ‘free pass’, undermining efforts to resume peace talks.




Israeli leaders are expected to tell EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, when she arrives in the country on Thursday, that the EU’s “obsessive” focus on settlements is “undermining” efforts to restart peace negotiations by giving the Palestinians the impression that no matter what they do, European diplomatic fire will always be aimed at Israel.

Catherine Ashton and PM Binyamin Netanyahu

Catherine Ashton and PM Binyamin Netanyahu – Photo: Avi Ohayon/GPO

Ashton is scheduled to visit the country as part of a regional tour that will also take her to Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt and areas under the Palestinian Authority’s control.

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EU Signs Money Deal With PA, Cites ‘Palestinian State’

The European Union signed an aid deal Tuesday with the Palestinian Authority to reportedly bolster ties and promote economic development for the State of Palestine.

Fayyad said Area C “is of vital importance to the economic and political viability” of a future “Palestinian state,” despite Jewish claims to the land.

By Arutz Sheva staff


The European Union signed an aid deal Tuesday with the Palestinian Authority to reportedly bolster ties and promote economic development.

EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton with Salam Fayyad - Reuters

EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton with Salam Fayyad – Reuters

EU foreign affairs head Catherine Ashton told visiting Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad that an action plan approved by EU leaders was based on a “shared commitment to deepen our bilateral relations and strengthen our privileged partnership,” AFP reported. Continue Reading »