EU imports 15 times more from illegal Israeli settlements than from Palestinians


by Defend Democracy Press, Dec. 31, 2016
“The gap between Europe’s rhetoric on illegal settlement growth and our actions is widening. We have reached a nonsensical situation where we are economically and financially sustaining the very obstacles to peace we so often condemn. This new report brings together powerful and pragmatic suggestions for a change in policy to truly advance peace,” said Chris Doyle, Director of Caabu.

A broad coalition calls on Europe to move decisively beyond rhetoric on settlements.

The European Union imports fifteen times more from Israel’s illegal settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory than from Palestinians themselves, a new report [1] from a coalition of 22 non-governmental organisations including Caabu, Christian Aid UK and Ireland, the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and Diakonia revealed today.

The report, entitled “Trading Away Peace: How Europe helps sustain illegal Israeli settlements”, is the first to compare available…

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