Green MEP calls for EU sanctions against Israeli state over Gaza killings

Keith Taylor, Green MEP for the South East and a member of the European Parliament’s Palestine Delegation, has called for the EU to impose economic sanctions against the Israeli state.

The call comes in the wake of the Israeli forces’ ‘massacre’ of more than 100 Palestinians since the ‘March of Return’ protests began earlier this year.

During a debate in Strasbourg, the senior Green politician called for the European Union to ‘flex its economic muscles’ and for an ‘urgent review’ of the EU-Israel Association Agreement.

Mr Taylor said:

“I am a member of the Parliament’s delegation to Palestine, and have visited Gaza myself.”

“I observed the living conditions of Gazans, the repressive nature of the Israeli state’s blockades, with their far-reaching effects on employment, infrastructure, and any semblance of a normal life.”

“I met with Palestinian politicians who are losing faith in a two-state solution, and their Israeli counterparts’ obvious lack of good faith in seeking that outcome.”

“I also talked to community groups and the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNWRA) who highlight illegal land grabs, and families who talk of partners and children, of all ages, detained by the Israeli authorities without charge.”

“This, and so much more, is the reality of the oppressive, disproportionate and illegal acts of the Israeli state. What we need is true equality for all the people of the middle east.”

“When I read Federica Morgherini’s letter, however, I saw the same old tired repetition of EU positions and preferences which have, so far, failed to prompt the Israeli government to change its course of action.”

“I believe the Israeli government won’t change anything unless it serves their interest. Officials don’t take the EU seriously, simply wringing our hands at every fresh atrocity and calling for `wisdom and courage´ to restart the peace talks is not enough.”

“This Parliament, of course, bears no ill will to the state of Israel, but we are supposed to be upholders of international law. I would like to see our High Representative for EU Foreign Affairs and Security flex our economic muscles, and call for an urgent review of the EU Israel Association agreement, which facilitates trade between the EU and Israel.”

“It is not unreasonable for us to expect that governments we trade with act responsibly, proportionately and within the law.”

“I want to see the government of Israel start to seriously work for peace, and, in turn, the cessation of any illegal, extremist attacks on Israel.”