Sorry if this seems a bit of a rush job - that's because it is but it is urgent as the Israeli FM is coming over on Tuesday to convince our MEP's to vote for upgrading Israel's status within the EU on
There are plans in Jerusalem for the biggest demolition of Palestinian houses since 1967 (link below) going through at present - if anyone should need anymore convincing that really the EU should be downgrading its relationship with Israel, not upgrading. And in all seriousness, if there should be any communication between our MEP's and Israel - it should be for calls to end the inhumane siege on Gaza.
Please act NOW and forward it around you
Against the ratification of Upgrading Israel - European Parliament - 4th December
Date: Sun, 30 Nov 2008 15:08:09 +0100
Urgent Action alert!
Dear Friends, Please find here under an appeal from Leila Shahid, General delegate of Palestine toward the EU, Belgium and Luxembourg!
We must react urgently toward our European parliamentarians in order to block the ratification of the text which must be voted on Thursday 4th December!! During the last ECCP lobby days, all European interlocutors say that the upgrading will never be ratified in 2008 – they will wait for the Czech Republic presidency, beginning
Things seem to have changed in order to support Tsipi Livni (instead of Netanyahu) Europe wants to sign the upgrading before the end of the year… (As they did for Ehud Barak in the past!!!). As we are in a "pre-electoral" period, civil society must be heard… so please react urgently and massively toward you parliamentarians….and forward to your members and contacts… Best regards, Nadia
In its meeting on November 5 in Brussels, the Committee on Foreign
Affairs and Security of the European Parliament endorsed the
European Commission and Council proposal about Israel participation
in the European Community programs. This new protocol of cooperation
offers to Israel a full access to the EU scientific, academic,
research and technical programmes.
For its entry into force, the agreement must have the backing of
European Parliament (EP). It will be submitted to a vote at the
plenary meeting on Thursday, December 4 in Brussels. The Israeli
Foreign Minister will visit the European Parliament on Tuesday,
December 2 to put pressure on MEPs to vote in favour of this
This new cooperation protocol between the EU and Israel intervenes
while on the ground, Israel is accelerating settlement
construction, reinforces the closure of Palestinian territories,
especially in the Gaza Strip, and practices many forms of violation
of human rights.
I call on you to work for the mobilization of all non-governmental
organizations in your country, to intervene with the EP in order not
to grant this privilege to Israel before it implements the
principles of peace.
Here is a link where you can find all the information needed to contact your MEPs.
European Coordination of Committees and Associations for Palestine - ECCP Tel: +32 (0)2 217 59 95Mobile: +32 (0)4 73 35 65 62 Fax: +32 (0)2 250 12 63
A little background material:
If anyone should need a reason for resisting this upgrade, it is quite well established that the biggest bar to any peace agreement in the region is the Israeli settlement expansion - well here's the latest on that:
Israel prepares for demolishing whole neighbourhood in Jerusalem
[ 29/11/2008 - 04:04 PM ]
OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)-- The Islamic-Christian front for the
defense of Jerusalem warned that a group of Zionist settlement
enterprises especially the Israeli municipality had earmarked more
than $300,000,000 for the demolition of a whole neighborhood in the
Silwan town called Al-Bustan located southeastern of Jerusalem's old
city. - -
He appealed in this regard to the international community and the
legal and human rights organizations to assume their role in
protecting the holy city and its identity from the Israeli attempts
to judaize it and counterfeit the demographic, cultural and
religious facts in the city.
More than 88 houses in Al-Bustan will be demolished, these houses
are home to more than 1,500 Palestinian residents a large percentage
of them are children. If this demolition were carried out, it would
be the largest demolition act after the demolition of Al-Maghareba
neighborhood inside the old city in 1967. The house owners in Al-
Bustan received court orders demanding them to evacuate their