BRUSSELES, August 14, 2014 (WAFA) – Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament (S&D Group) Euro members of parliament launched Thursday a campaign against the shameful silence of the EU on the Gaza and Iraq crisis.
S&D Group President Gianni Pittella said in a press release: “European institutions are deaf and blind to the many international crises around us. It is a shame that the European Council president, Herman Van Rompuy, refused to call an extraordinary meeting as we officially requested.”
Pittella regretted and harshly condemned the EU’s inactions and added: “In the face of persecutions, civilian casualties and flagrant violations of human rights, we can no longer remain silent. It is unacceptable to wait until 30 of August to hear some European shy whispers on tragedies like Gaza, Iraq, Syria and Ukraine.”
“That is why I – and the S&D Group as the only group in the European Parliament to have emphasized the need for the EU to play an active role in favor of peace – feel it is imperative to launch an awareness campaign that will have the title #EuwakeUp.”
Pittella noted that socialists and democrats will speak out ‘loud and clear’ in every member state “to make European citizens aware that this is not the European Union we want.”
Pittella signaled that he does not tolerate the European institutions attitude and called for countering “the inconclusiveness and immobility demonstrated so far by the European Commission and the European Council.”
Calling the EU to take immediate action to defend human dignity, Pittella said: “Europe cannot turn away and pretend nothing is going on. Europe cannot go on holiday and wait until the end of the summer to take decisions while the world around us is on fire. Europe – homeland of the rule of law – has a moral and political duty to act in order to defend human dignity, religious, ethnic and cultural diversities.”
Regarding the Israeli aggression on Gaza Strip, he said: “Europe can no longer accept war in the name of God. Europe cannot tolerate that the existence of Israel is again under attack, but neither that a legitimate defense turns into disproportionate violence against civilians, women and children.”
Concluding their press release, S&D Group called the EU to assume its leading role in peace processes and take an immediate joint action.
“We want Europe to be the leading actor in all peace processes. We can no longer remain silent. We don’t want to feel ashamed of our institutions any longer. We have to act now and act together. Europe wake up!”