Eretz Israel is our unforgettable historic homeland...The Jews who will it shall achieve their State...And whatever we attempt there for our own benefit will redound mightily and beneficially to the good of all mankind. (Theodor Herzl, DerJudenstaat, 1896)

We offer peace and amity to all the neighbouring states and their peoples, and invite them to cooperate with the independent Jewish nation for the common good of all. The State of Israel is ready to contribute its full share to the peaceful progress and development of the Middle East.
(From Proclamation of the State of Israel, 5 Iyar 5708; 14 May 1948)

With a liberal democratic political system operating under the rule of law, a flourishing market economy producing technological innovation to the benefit of the wider world, and a population as educated and cultured as anywhere in Europe or North America, Israel is a normal Western country with a right to be treated as such in the community of nations.... For the global jihad, Israel may be the first objective. But it will not be the last. (Friends of Israel Initiative)

Tuesday, 5 January 2016

David Singer: European Union Drowns In Sea of Inconsistencies

Here is the latest article by Sydney lawyer and international affairs analyst David Singer.

He writes:

The European Union (EU) has concluded an unhappy 2015 with the introduction of racist and discriminatory labelling laws for Jewish goods and products originating from Judea and Samaria (West Bank)  and East Jerusalem.

EU members Hungary, Greece and the Czech Republic have rejected these laws which have also been condemned in a bipartisan resolution presented to the US Congress.

The EU's Ambassador to Israel Lars Faaborg-Andersen has attempted to justify these labelling laws as being simply an expression of the EU's longstanding view that such designated territories are not part of Israel.

He omitted to state that EU policy will never support any part of these disputed territories becoming part of the State of Israel because the EU claims that Jewish settlement there since 1967 is illegal in international law.

However there is no binding legal decision in any Court that substantiates this EU claim.

Indeed there is territory-specific legislation to the contrary article 6 of the Mandate for Palestine and article 80 of the UN Charter - that confirms the legal right of Jews to settle in Judea and Samaria and East Jerusalem.

Jews lived in these areas for millennia prior to being driven out in 1948 by six invading Arab armies - facts which somehow appear to have escaped the EU's notice.

Such EU policy also flies in the face of Security Council Resolution 242 calling for secure and recognised borders to be established in negotiations between Israel and her neighbours.

The EU's anti-Israel stance no doubt encouraged the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) to reject offers by Israel in 2000/01 and 2008 to cede its claims in more than 90 per cent of Judea and Samaria as part of any peace treaty to end the 100 years old Jewish-Arab conflict.

Why accept 90 per cent when the EU is supporting the PLO's demand for 100 per cent?

The EU, in so acting, has repudiated the decisions adopted in 1922 by 23 of its current 28 members unanimously endorsing the League of Nations Mandate for Palestine - whose terms  provided for:
1. Jewish self-determination in 22 per cent of the territory of the Mandate including East Jerusalem and Judea and Samaria
2. Arab self-determination in the remaining 78 per cent of the territory of the Mandate today called Jordan.
Cyprus, Germany, Hungary, Ireland and Malta are the only current members of the EU that were not members of the League of Nations when these fateful decisions were taken.

The Jews had been short-changed by the League of Nations which reduced the area within which the Jewish National Home was to be reconstituted to just 22 per cent of that previously contemplated by the High Contracting Powers Great Britain, France, Italy (all current EU members) and Japan at the April 1920 San Remo Conference and the Treaty of Sevres signed in August of that year.

The Jews nevertheless reluctantly accepted these restrictions. The Arabs rejected them. The PLO  deemed them "null and void" in 1968.

Fast forward to 2016 and the European Union continues to backtrack on these internationally-binding commitments to the Jewish people made by the overwhelming majority of EU members 94 years ago.

Conditions for entry into the EU require that each applicant:
1. Be democratic
2. Have a free market Government together with corresponding freedoms and institutions and
3. Respect for the rule of law.
The EU does not require the PLO to meet these criteria yet opposes any claim to the historic and  biblical heartland of the Jewish people by Israel, which shares these EU fundamental values.

The EU should hang its collective head in shame as it drowns in this sea of inconsistencies entirely  of its own making.

2 comments:

  1. Thank you for conveying the truth on Social media. I will share it.

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  2. The EU has always been and will always be blinkered by their own Jew hatred. The upside is that they are increasingly marginalizing themselves. After all, about 1% of Israeli exports to the EU are from Yesha. That's the hill they chose to die on. Fair enough. Now Israel should begin to embargo EU goods while raising the costs of the exports to the EU from what the EU 'considers' to be Israel proper, if indeed they even recognize any such thing at all. But be that as it may, if the EU wants to make a point then let them do without most Israeli goods and services. Moreover, as the EU reaches the point of no return vis a vis imploding under Islam, those boycotts of Israel will become total anyway, even if, especially if it hurts Europe more than it hurts Israel. So beat them to the punch.

    BTW some good and funny news yesterday - the so call UN Permanent Rapporteur on Israel aka the official UN Jew Hater resigned yesterday because Israel simply refused to give him a visa. That is priceless. I hope to see more of this - extended to most UN and EU officials. Let them be wined and dined by Hamas in Gaza.

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