Ashrawi Expresses Dismay over EU Foreign Affairs Council Conclusions of July 22

Hanan Ashrawi

RAMALLAH, July 24, 2014 (WAFA) – PLO Executive Committee member Hanan Ashrawi, in a press release Thursday, Commented on EU Foreign Affairs Council Conclusions of July 22 as saying, “We are dismayed by the schizophrenic approach of the European Union’s Foreign Affairs Council Conclusions on the Middle East Process that was issued on July 22.”

“While we appreciate the subsequent reiteration of the EU’s policy position and references to previous Council Conclusions, we believe the opening segment serves only to reinforce Israeli impunity and violence and to justify Israel’s military assault under the mantra of “Israel’s legitimate right to defend itself.”

The EU is portraying Israel as the victim reacting to “indiscriminate firing of rockets into Israel by Hamas and militant groups in the Gaza Strip, directly harming civilians” when we know that Israel instigated this assault and provoked a Palestinian response as part of a recurring pattern of Israeli violence against a captive population, stressed Ashrawi.

The people being murdered by the hundreds (745 to date) and bombed out of their homes by the thousands (146,000) are the Palestinians, not the Israelis, said the release.

The statement added that the “criminal and unjustifiable acts” are those committed by the Israeli army and its military mega machine, whether by air, by sea or by land, against the Palestinians of Gaza, annihilating families (45) wholesale.  It is important that the occupying power, Israel, “renounce violence” against the occupied people and cease its acts of state terrorism, rather than calling on “all terrorist groups in Gaza to disarm.”

By using the dehumanizing and racist language of Israel that accuses the civilian population of Gaza of providing “themselves as human shields,” the EU is subscribing to the usual Israeli distortion of blaming the victim, stressed Ashrawi.

It is therefore important for its own integrity that the EU language maintains a moral, legal, political and human consistency, rather than adopt Israel’s narrative in order to gain its damning approval, Ashrawi concluded.


Source: WAFA