EU Parliament supports investigation
The European Union Parliament has voted through a statement supporting the investigation by the International Criminal Court in The Hague (ICC) into Israeli ‘war crimes and crimes against humanity in the occupied Palestinian territories’.
The EU has traditionally taken a stance supporting the so-called ‘two-state solution’ – the same as the Labour right’s position, widely regarded as unworkable because of Israel’s continued annexation of Palestinian homes and land and the resulting fragmentation of Palestinian territory.
But the latest statement is reportedly the first to address Israeli war crimes directly, with Israel’s latest horrific attack on the Jenin refugee camp – where soldiers not only killed children but went as far as destroying the camp’s children’s centre – no doubt playing a role in EU lawmakers’ readiness to vote for the statement despite pressure from pro-Israeli lobbyists.
As well as offering support and assistance to the ICC for its investigation, the statement also expressed the Parliament’s:
concern about the Israeli Government’s decision to impose punitive measures against the Palestinian people, leadership and civil society, such as withholding funds and implementing a moratorium on construction plans in Area C, in response to the request by the General Assembly for an advisory opinion from the ICJ; support the efforts to end impunity for crimes committed in the occupied Palestinian territories.
Pro-Israel groups described the investigation and the EU’s support as a ‘scandal’.
Last week, the BBC apologised for one of its presenters pointing out that Israeli forces had killed children in the Jenin attack.
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