Press release: Jewish and Palestinian organisations defy EU secrecy

December 21, 2005

Dismayed by the refusal of EU to publish their own Ramallah and East Jerusalem Heads of Mission findings regarding Israeli state actions towards non Jewish residents of East Jerusalem, Jewish and other peace groups and Palestinian Solidarity campaigns around Europe have decided they must take matters into their own hands.

Every organisation listed below will publish the Report on their websites. A copy of the report is also attached to this press release.

The day after the report was shelved by EU foreign ministers at their GAERC meeting in Brussels on December 12th – for fear of alienating Israel and reducing the EU’s influence – Israel announced, in violation of its Road Map obligations, the building of 300 new homes in the Maale Adumim settlement, the largest in the occupied territories.

Pierre Galand, Senator in the Belgian Parliament and Chairman of the European Co-ordinating Committee of NGOs on the question of Palestine (ECCP) said: “European diplomats in East Jerusalem and Ramallah had the courage to stress the alarming situation in East Jerusalem. Their report corroborates the ICJ advisory opinion ruling on the Wall and the illegal settlements, which led the ECCP to initiate the “European Campaign for Sanctions against the Israeli Occupation”. In order to force the EU member states to respect their own commitment to International Law and Human Rights, we will publish the report on East Jerusalem on our websites, despite the EU refusal to do so.”

Dan Judelson, Secretary of European Jews for a Just Peace said “The EU are burying their heads in the sand and are thus co-responsible while East Jerusalem residents face repeated violations of international law and of simple standards of humanity, all at the hands of the Israeli state. This is not a time for thumb twiddling or inaction; if the EU sits on this report, we see it as our duty to make it as widely available as we can.”

Betty Hunter, General Secretary of the UK Palestinian Solidarity Campaign said: “It is 17 months since the International Court of Justice declared the apartheid Wall to be an illegal act by an occupying force and that settlement building should end. While Israel defies this decision, Palestinians are losing their homes, land and livelihood in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. If European countries continue to collude with this, they are also guilty of oppressing the Palestinian people.”


Pierre Galand, + 32 2 223 07 56

Chairman, European Co-ordinating Committee of NGOs on the question of Palestine

Dan Judelson, + 44 (0) 779 339 2820

Secretary, European Jews for a Just Peace


Alternative Information Centre, Bethlehem & Jerusalem

Arab Centre for Agricultural Development

Arab Media Watch, UK

Association Belgo-Palestinienne www.association-belgo-palestinienne

AIPPP Strasbourg

BADIL Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights, Bethlehem

Civimed Initiatives, Strasbourg

Collectif judéo-arabe et citoyen pour la paix, Strasbourg

Committee for a Just Peace in the Middle East, Luxembourg

Coordination de l’Appel de Strasbourg

Council for the Advancement of Arab British Understanding, UK

Een Ander Joods Geluid, Netherlands

Farrah France

Friends of Sabeel-UK

Foundation TALLIQ

Humanistic Peace Council, Netherlands

ISM London

Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions-UK

Jews for Israeli Palestinian Peace, Sweden

Jews for Justice for Palestinians, UK

Joint Action for Israeli Palestinian Peace, UK

Judische Stimme für gerechten Frieden in Nahost, Berlin

Just Peace UK

Netherlands Palestine Committee

Network of Jews against theOccupation, Italy

NUS Black Students’ Campaign, UK

Palestine Forum in Britain

Palestine Solidarity Campaign, UK

Society for Austrian Arab Relations, Austria

Stop the Occupation, Netherlands.

Union Juive Francaise pour la Paix

Union des Progresssite Juifs de Belgiques

War on Want, UK

Women in Black, The Netherlands