EU envoys say East Jerusalem should be considered as Palestinian capital

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12 January 2011

A leaked report has revealed that that the 25 European Union missions in Jerusalem and Ramallah are urging Brussels to treat East Jerusalem as the future capital of a Palestinian state.

The report also calls for an EU presence at the demolitions of Palestinian homes, and intervention when peaceful protesters face arrest.

The confidential policy document, prepared last month by the EU consuls-general, warns that Jewish settlement activity on occupied Palestinian land is making a two-state solution to the conflict increasingly difficult.

“The continued expansion of settlements, restrictive zoning and planning [and] ongoing demolitions and evictions… have not only serious humanitarian consequences, they undermine the Palestinian presence in East Jerusalem,” the report says.

The diplomats recommend “specific actions” to bring EU actions in the occupied territory in line with the bloc’s stated policy on East Jerusalem. The recommendations include:

◦ EU officials and politicians should refuse to visit Israeli government offices or facilities located in occupied East Jerusalem
◦ Israeli settlers who forcibly move into Palestinian areas of Jerusalem could be refused entry into EU countries
◦ A boycott of Israeli products from East Jerusalem
◦ Ensuring an EU presence when there is a risk of demolitions or evictions of Palestinian families, and at Israeli court cases on demolitions or evictions
◦ Ensuring EU intervention when Palestinians are arrested or intimidated by Israeli authorities for peaceful cultural, social or political activities in East Jerusalem

EU officials have not publicly commented on the leaked report, which was drawn-up for the EU’s main foreign policy-making body. It is unclear if or when the recommendations will be adopted or implemented. European criticism of Israeli policy and settlements on occupied Palestinian land is not new, says the BBC’s Wyre Davies in Jerusalem. But with a conclusion that Israel was “systematically undermining the Palestinian presence” in Jerusalem, the policy document could further strain relationships between Israel and the EU.

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Ron Ross worked as the first Sports Editor at WINTV. In Wollongong. He ran The Hamburger Hut an outreach and discipleship program for youth. He served with Youth With a Mission in Hawaii, Philippines and Australia. He was senior pastor of the Noosa Baptist Church, Queensland for 9 years. He reported news from Jerusalem for five years and is now the Middle East correspondent for United Christian Broadcasters and travels regularly preaching and teaching.

One Response to “EU envoys say East Jerusalem should be considered as Palestinian capital”

  1. David Beirman says:

    It may be helpful to remind the EU that Israel is not a colony of any country in Europe and not subject to its authority. It may also be helpful to remind EU counties that when Israel did propose Palestinian sovereignty for East Jerusalem during the Camd David Talks of 2000, PA leader Yasser Arafat rejected it on the grounds that Israel quite correctly refused Palestinian demands for the “right of return” for all Palestinian refugees and their descendents, PA code language for the demographic destruction of Israel. Today the PA continues to demand the “risht of return” as a core preconditon for “peace”.

    Jerusalem has been a city with a Jewish majority since 1856. It has only been when Jerusalam has been under Jewish sovereignty that it has been a capital city.

    Germany, a core member of the EU fought, justly for years to re-unite divided Berlin yet Germnany along with other EU members demands for Israel’s capital city the very thing they rejected on their home soil.

    If divided or shared sovereignty of Jeruselem could achieve a geneuine peace between Israel, the Palestinians and the Arab world it may be worth considering. However under the current set of realities this is a pipe dream and the EU’s attempts at hypocritical interference on this matter should be treated with the contempt it deserves.

    If EU countries wish to allow themselves to subsumed by Islamists, that’s their business. Any European with a sense of history should know the heavy price involved in appeasment to fanatics that Europe paid in WWII. The Jewish people in Europe paid the ultimate price for that appeasment. Israel cannot afford to expose its people to appeasing the shrill calls of the Palestinians and their toothless European toady supporters who are always ready to indulge in Israel bashing but do and say nothing to oppose the persecution of Christians throughout the Middle East and under PA rule. After all no good European wants to be seen as being Islamophobic.

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