Just two weeks ago I posted about the Israeli settlements that the EU considers legal. This is news that just will not go away.
A couple of days ago a new report issued by the State Comptroller revealed that Israel’s own government cooperates, even if only tacitly and even if only unwittingly, with the EU. The report slammed the Civil Administration (responsible for civilian matters withing Judea and Samaria) for ignoring illegal construction in those territories – but only the illegal construction by or for the Palestinians:
A new report by the State Comptroller Yosef Shapira has revealed widespread and systematic failures in the army’s Civil Administration, which manages construction in Area C of Judea and Samaria where the EU has been funding rampant illegal Arab construction.
The report, released on Monday afternoon, accuses the Civil Administration of failing to enforce property rights and construction laws, essentially turning a blind eye to the rampant illegal building across Judea and Samaria.
Shapira noted, for example, that the Civil Administration had failed to establish working procedures for addressing illegally constructed buildings, leaving inspection teams without clear guidelines for checking up on existing cases or moving the enforcement process forward.
As a result, large numbers of illegal buildings have been identified by Civil Administration inspectors, but relatively few have been demolished.
In the report, Shapira lambasted the failure of the Civil Administration to uphold the law, arguing that given the low rate of enforcement, the law was effectively nullified.
Illustrating the above, and my earlier post, here is Israeli activist Ezri Tubi for the Regavim organization in a great video clearly explaining and describing the extent of the EU’s violation of international law and Israel’s sovereignty:
Since we’re on the subject of the EU and its glaring double standards with regards to Israel, the European Union ambassador to Israel Lars Faaborg-Andersen put his foot in it when he asserted that boycotts and delegitimization will end when Israel “advances peace‘:
Without the Israeli-Palestinian conflict there would be no Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, the European Union’s envoy to Israel said Monday, arguing that the best way to fight BDS is to take steps to advance a two-state solution.
“The most effective antidote against the BDS movement is to solve the Palestinian issue. If there were no Palestinian issue, there would be no BDS movement,” Ambassador Lars Faaborg-Andersen said at a conference in Jerusalem.
At the very least, the boycott movement “would swing into virtually nothing” if there was no Israeli-Palestinian conflict “to tag unto,” he argued.
The EU does not expect Israel to be able to solve the conflict unilaterally, the ambassador stressed. “It takes two to tango. It takes the Palestinians also.” But it is important for Israel not to be seen as undermining a two-state solution, he said. “If more effort is put into showing a will to move forward and to obtain progress in this process, it would greatly weaken the BDS movement.”
Where has Faaborg-Andersen been these past 20 years or so? Where was he looking when Israel signed the accursed Oslo Accords? Where was he when Israel withdrew from Taba in Egypt? When we signed the Wye Accords giving Hebron to the Palestinians? When Ehud Barak offered Yasser Arafat an almost total retreat from Judea and Samaria in 1998? When Ehud Olmert offered the Golan to Syria? When Israel withdrew in toto from Gaza in 2005?
Is he blind? Is he deaf? He certainly is dumb – and not in the speech department, but rather in his mental acuity.
Of course, this does not explain why their was an equivalent boycott movement against the Jews in Nazi Germany that quickly was taken up by the Arabs before the State of Israel even existed. The current BDS movement is an extension of the previous movements to boycott and hurt the Jewish people as derived from 1930s Germany through the Arab efforts to rob Jewish people of sovereignty on Jewish land, throughout the middle part of the twentieth-century, until this moment.
Ironically the Ambassador was speaking at an anti-BDS conference organized by Ynet. After he tried to reassure Israel about the limited ability of the boycott movement he continued:
Earlier during the conference, which was organized by the Yedioth Ahronoth daily newspaper, Faaborg-Andersen expressed the EU’s desire to see Israel thrive and said the union completely rejects any efforts to boycott Israel. “Let me make one thing 100 percent clear: The European Union is against BDS. Our policy is totally opposite of BDS. Our policy is one of engagement with Israel.”
The EU has “a long track record to prove” his point, Faaborg-Andersen said, citing the $30 billion bilateral trade volume and the fact that the EU is Israel’s “most important partner in science and technology.”
However, the envoy stressed, the EU thinks settlements are illegal under international law and a hindrance to the peace process. Settlement goods are sold freely and are “welcome on the European market,” he said, though they do not enjoy preferential customs treatment — products from Israel proper do — and have to carry an indication that they are from the settlements.
Faaborg-Andersen did raise a legitimate point about the Israeli government itself not speaking in a clear voice about the settlements:
“Not even the Israeli government claims that the West Bank is part of Israel. So why would products coming from the West Bank be labeled as from Israel? We have no problems with those products; they just have to be correctly labeled,” he said. “This doesn’t amount to any kind of boycott.”
We can hardly expect the EU to be more right-wing than the Israeli government. What IS the government’s problem in asserting Israeli sovereignty over the area?
He also acknowledged the double standards that Israel is subjected to in the international arena. It’s nice of him to mention this but his denials lack sincerity, given the EU’s history:
The EU’s envoy further said the union has recognized “on several occasions” that Israel “doesn’t face a level playing field” in international forums, such as the United Nations Human Rights Council.
No other country is singled out for routine scrutiny the way Israel is, he acknowledged. “We have been critical of that and we have also been trying in various ways to help Israel in overcoming some of these obstacles they are facing in terms of an unequal playing field in the Human Rights Council, for example.”
But there’s only so much the EU can do, he added. “We are 28 voices but the council is much bigger than that. So therefore we have to abide by the rule of the majority. And our position continues to be that these bodies, even though we might not always agree with the majority view, these bodies are important for international dialogue. And therefore our policy with them is also one of engagement.”
The EU could do much more if it wanted to, I’m sure.
Meanwhile a scandal in the UK has hit the front pages as the Daily Mail exposed how UK taxpayers’ money is being used to fund Palestinian terrorists:
The scandal of how Britain fritters away billions in foreign aid – including paying salaries to convicted terrorists who have murdered hundreds of innocent people – is exposed today by a major MoS investigation.
The shocking revelation that thousands of Palestinian terrorists, including men who have masterminded suicide bombings and murdered children, are given cash handouts from aid money will cause anger and disbelief, particularly in the wake of the Brussels massacres.
We dug beneath the headline figures on DFID’s websites to reveal waste and misguided largesse which seemed to extend to virtually every corner of the globe and which will shock readers. In the West Bank and Gaza, despite promises by the ruling Palestinian Authority (PA) to end the practice of paying aid money to convicted terrorists, our investigation revealed that they had simply duped the West by allowing the Palestine Liberation Organisation to hand out the cash instead.
Britain gives £72 million a year to Palestine, more than one-third of which goes straight to the PA. It openly admits supporting terrorists whom it hails as heroes for fighting illegal occupation, awarding lifetime payments that rise depending on time spent in jail and the seriousness of crimes.
One Hamas master bomber has reportedly been given more than £100,000. Other ‘salaries’ go to the families of suicide bombers and even teenagers involved in the latest upsurge of deadly attacks on Israel.
DFID and the European Union are still effectively supporting these payments to thousands of terrorists – despite claims to have ended such links two years ago. This was confirmed to the MoS by former prisoners and families receiving the cash, and in official statements by the PA.
We also visited a lavish £8 million palace that Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas is having built on the West Bank.
The exposé also revealed wasteful UK spending on other lavish – and unnecessary – foreign aid projects, but the financial assistance to Palestinian terrorists has made the biggest splash and caused the greatest outrage – with justice. Read the whole article. It is an eye-opener for those not in the know. Kol hakavod to Ian Birrel, Mark Wood and Nick Craven for their extensive coverage and their courageous reporting on this scandal.
Not the boycotts, nor the EU’s hypocrisy, nor the UK’s assistance to terrorists, nor the antisemitism prevalent at the UN will disappear until the Israeli government makes a strong concerted effort to stand up for Israeli sovereignty and Jewish indigenous rights in the Land of Israel – the entire Land of Israel. This does not necessarily mean expelling the Palestinians who live there and are prepared to live in peace with us. It does mean being as assertive and protective about Jewish and Israeli rights as they are about Palestinian rights. This attitude must be reflected both in the legislature and in the judiciary.
It is an outrage that Jewish rights are being trampled for the sake of political correctness or a misperceived liberalism that undermines our own national rights.