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EU Ambassador to Israel, Faaborg Anderson,
Appeases Zionist Aggressors, Blames Palestinian Victims of Israeli
By Khalid Amayreh
In order to have real influence, EU must end blind bias in
PIC, [ 21/05/2014 - 06:08 PM ]
By Khalid Amayreh in Occupied
In statements reported Tuesday, European Union (EU)
ambassador to Israel Faaborg Anderson once again displayed
characteristic western bias toward Israel.
Apparently trying to
appease his Israeli audience, Anderson demanded that Hamas, the
Palestinian Islamic Liberation group, recognize Israel, give up
resistance to the brutal Israeli military occupation and accept vague
and controversial agreements signed between Israel and the PLO.
Anderson totally ignored the fact that Israel doesn't recognize
Palestine. In fact important components of the Israeli government don't
even recognize the very existence of the Palestinian people, yet this
doesn't prevent the Israeli government from embracing these parties and
including them into the ruling coalition headed by Binyamin Netanyahu.
Hence, it is dishonest and unconscionable to demand the
Palestinians, victims of Israeli aggression, apartheid and ethnic
cleansing, to recognize an entity that not only refuses to recognize
them but strives to wipe their national existence off the map.
Let no one argue that Israel would recognize Palestine if Hamas
recognized Israel. This argument is naÔve at best. We all know that the
PLO recognized Israel, even unconditionally, in the context of the Oslo
Agreement more than 20 year ago.
However, Israel refused
adamantly to reciprocate by recognizing a Palestinian state on the basis
of the1967 borders.
More to the point, Israel has ever since
embarked on a frantic campaign of settlement building, effectively
killing any realistic prospects for a peace deal based on the two-state
Besides, as a Palestinian who has been
languishing under Jewish-Zionist oppression for 47 years, I would beg
His Excellency the EU ambassador to tell us the borders of the state he
is demanding the Palestinian people to recognize.
notorious Israeli deception and prevarication, we Palestinians can no
longer agree to buy fish in the sea. The PLO did make a huge blunder 22
years ago by recognizing Israel without receiving a reciprocal Israel
recognition beforehand. Hence Hamas must never ever make the same
Besides, it is really unethical, to say the very
least, to hear European officials ask the rape victim to stop resisting
her attacker. Indeed, according to what logic and by which standard of
morality are people languishing under a nefarious military occupation
asked to stop resisting their tormentors.
Were the peoples who
came under the Nazi occupation in Europe in the middle of the last
century asked to stop resisting the Wehrmacht, Gestapo and SS? We all
know the answer. So why is it that the Palestinians of all people
falling under a brutal foreign occupation are asked to submit to their
I believe that Europe must not add insult to injury
in connection to its historical betrayal of the Palestinian people. It
was Europe, after all, that inserted the venomous snake into the child's
Europe cannot claim innocence. It can't claim it
didn't know the snake was so poisonous and would bite the child. In any
court of law that respects itself, Europe would be declared guilty,
guilty, and guilty for committing a crime against humanity by creating
Israel and enabling it to carry history's greatest crime.
not asking Europe to undo a long history of treachery and betrayal
against Arabs and Muslims, especially the Palestinian people.
But we are demanding that Europe try to atone for its past crimes
against the Palestinian people by exercising some rectitude and fairness
in dealing with the Palestinian plight.
Indeed, by making
manifestly impossible demands on the Palestinians who have barely
survived the Nazi-like Israeli blitz while utterly ignoring Israel's
lebensraum policies in the West Bank, the EU is effectively
disqualifying itself from acting as "honest mediator" in the
This is the message that the
Palestinian people and their political forces must communicate to the
Yes, Europe is extending a helping hand to the Palestinians,
although this assistance is by no means altruistic.
Europe should never expect the Palestinian people to trade their future
and that of their children for European (or for that matter American)
Khalid Amayreh is a veteran Palestinian journalist
living in occupied Palestine
EU to Cooperate with Unity Government if Quartet Conditions Met
Thursday May 22, 2014 01:51 by Chris Carlson - 1 of International Middle
East Media Center Editorial Group
EU Ambassador to Israel, Lars Boberg Andrson, says that the
European Union will cooperate with the new government if it recognizes
the conditions outlined by the
Mideast Quartet, which include recognition of Israel.
of the European Union (ALRAY photo archive)
Andrson said in a
meeting, on Tuesday, at King David hotel in Jerusalem, "It is wrong to
believe that the relationships between Israel and the EU are only based
on the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations."
According to Al Ray,
the ambassador touched on the political process stalled since the
signing of the Palestinian reconciliation saying, "We could not know who
will win the democratic election, but the international community could
reinforce Abu Mazenís position and the moderate camp, so that they can
He futher added, "If everyone agreed to
cooperate with Abu Mazen, the situation would change. The EU still sees
Hamas as a terrorist organization and it will not change its view until
the Islamist movement changes its attitudes and recognizes Israel."
"The EUís policy is based on opposing the boycott campaigns against
Israel and calls for expanding cooperation with it in several areas,"
Hamas signed a reconciliation deal last month with
the PLO in a surprise move which aims to overcome years-long
intra-Palestinian split, Al Ray further reports.
Under the April
23 reconciliation deal, the two sides are to soon announce an
"independent government" of technocrats, headed by Abbas, and paving the
way for long-delayed elections.
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