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Gaza Flotilla: EU Joins World Criticism Of Israel …

  • June 1st, 2010
  • Posted by EUEditor

gaza-flotilla.jpegThe European Union has demanded that Israel open border crossings to allow humanitarian aid through to the Palestinian Gaza territory, following its seizure of the Gaza flotilla on Monday.
The EU High Representative, Catherine Ashton, said in Warsaw (31.5.10) she had spoken with Israel’s Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman to express deepest concern about the commando action in which at least nine people were killed and several others hurt.

The EU wanted an immediate inquiry by Israel into the circumstances.

“We will continue to coordinate with member states throughout today, and of course, I express my condolences to the families of those who have lost their lives”, she said.

The convoy of six ships was trying to break Israel’s blockade of  Gaza, proclaiming that it was carrying medical and other aid — urgently needed since Israel tightened border controls in 2007, following the seizure of power there by the Hamas organisation.

It says the blockade has been necessary because of terror attacks on its territory.

The Australian Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd (1.6.10), followed the EU, and an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council, in calling for an independent inquiry into Israel’s action.

Reference

European Union, Brussels, Reaction of High Representative Catherine Ashton on Israeli’s military operation against Gaza flotilla, A 96/10, 31.5.10.

European Commission, Eternal Relations, Brussels, The EU and the Middle East Peace Process, backgrounders.
http://ec.europa.eu/external_relations/mepp/index_en.htm, (1.6.10).

One Response to “Gaza Flotilla: EU Joins World Criticism Of Israel …”

  1. The Wilders Syndrome « Thoughts Against Time Says:

    […] The other way to see this is from the perspective of ultra-nationalists within Israel. Nationalist European parties are not alone in their search for legitimacy. Some Israeli ultra-nationalists see a world in which Israel is becoming increasingly rejected by European elites who see it, correctly, as an ethno-nationalist state bent on apartheid and ethnic cleansing. The EU has been quite critical of the Netanyahu government, the settlements, and the Gaza embargo. (See also here and here.) It provides substantial funding for the Palestinian Authority. The Israeli ultra-nationalists are also worried about the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement which is making real progress in isolating Israel. And even the vaunted Israel Lobby in the United States may be on the wane, if Josh Reubner, writing in Mondoweiss, is correct: Growing unease on Capitol Hill over these “one-sided resolutions” is attributable to several factors: Israel’s deliberate humiliation of President Obama on settlements; recognition that Israeli and U.S. interests are not one and the same; and a hard-to-define yet palpable Israel fatigue. […]

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