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Europe's Alliance with Israel: Aiding the Occupation

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In carefully crafted official statements, the European Union presents itself as an honest broker in the Middle East. In reality, however, the EU’s 27 governments have been engaged in a long process of accommodating Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories. Jourbanalist David Cronin interrogates the relationship and its outcomes. A recent agreement for "more intense, more fruitful, more influential co-operation" between the EU and Israel has meant that Israel has become a member state of the Union in all but...

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Overview

In carefully crafted official statements, the European Union presents itself as an honest broker in the Middle East. In reality, however, the EU’s 27 governments have been engaged in a long process of accommodating Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories. Jourbanalist David Cronin interrogates the relationship and its outcomes. A recent agreement for "more intense, more fruitful, more influential co-operation" between the EU and Israel has meant that Israel has become a member state of the Union in all but name. Cronin shows that rather than using this relationship to encourage Israeli restraint, the EU has legitimized actions such as the ill-treatment of prisoners and the Gaza invasion. Concluding his revealing and shocking account, Cronin calls for a continuation and deepening of international activism and protest to halt the EU's slide into complicity.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745330655
  • Publisher: Pluto Press
  • Publication date: 1/4/2011
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

David Cronin is a jourbanalist specializing in European politics. He has written for a variety of publications, including the Guardian, the Wall Street Jourbanal Europe, European Voice, the Irish Times, the Sunday Tribune and the Inter Press Service.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction
1 Building The Unholy Alliance
2 Bowing To America
3 Aiding The Occupation
4 The Misappliance Of Science
5 Profiting From Palestine’s Pain
6 The Israel Lobby Comes To Europe
Conclusion
Confronting Europe’s Cowardice
Notes
Index

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  • Posted July 11, 2011

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    Very useful and illuminating study of the EU's complicity with Israel's crimes

    Journalist David Cronin has written a most useful book on the EU's complicity with Israel's occupation of Palestinian territories. The EU has an association agreement with Israel, giving it trade preferences, and is aiming for 'more intense, more fruitful, more influential co-operation'. It is a member of the EU in all but name. As Javier Solana, then EU foreign policy chief, said in 2009, "Israel, allow me to say, is a member of the European Union without being a member of the institutions. It's a member of all the programmes, it participates in all the programmes." The UN estimates that half of all foreign aid to Palestinians ends up aiding Israeli companies. The European Commission pays these companies to provide goods and services to Gaza. The other half goes to rebuilding aid projects that the Israelis have destroyed. Between 2001 and 2009, Israeli attacks on occupied territories inflicted 55 million euros' worth of damage on EU-funded infrastructure. Israel's attack on Gaza (December 2008-January 2009) killed 1,417 Palestinians, including 926 civilians: 497 men, 116 women and 313 children. 10 Israeli soldiers were killed and three civilians. The day after the attack ended, presidents and prime ministers from Britain, Italy, Germany, France, Spain and the Czech Republic attended a gala dinner in Jerusalem hosted by Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert. As an Israeli official boasted to the Jerusalem Post, "Six world leaders dropped everything to come here and express their support for Israel's security." Israel, backed by the EU, punished Gaza for its democratic election of Hamas. Israel's brutal blockade has turned Gaza into the world's largest open-air prison. The EU appointed as its 'peace envoy' to the Middle East Anthony Blair, who backed Israel's attacks on Lebanon and Gaza. He gets £400,000 a year and has taken an entire floor of the poshest hotel in East Jerusalem - cost, more than $1 million a year. The whole EU is in the Blair pose - pretending to be an honest, even-handed broker of peace, in fact being an accomplice in illegal occupation and aggressions. There is a well-known pro-Israel lobby in the USA (see The Israel lobby and US foreign policy, by John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt). The EU has a pro-Israel lobby too, including the European Friends of Israel (based on a cross-party alliance of MEPs), the Transatlantic Institute, B'nai B'rith and the European Jewish Congress. In Britain, there are also the British Israel Communication and Research Centre and the Jewish National Fund UK, a charity which calls itself 'proudly Zionist', yet of course 'entirely non-political'. The JNF is an openly racist body: it is now illegal for any land it holds to be sold to any Palestinian. Blair and Gordon Brown are honorary patrons of JNF UK. Israel and its lobby bay for war on Iran, a country which has not invaded any country for centuries, unlike, say, Israel.

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