Statement by European Jews for a Just Peace

May 22, 2004

We, European citizens from ten European countries gathered in Paris for a meeting of the organisation European Jews for a Just Peace, condemn in the strongest possible terms the Israeli government’s policies in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, and especially in Rafah. Many of its actions amount to war crimes under the Fourth Geneva Convention.

We express our support fort those forces in Israel actively opposing the occupation and showing their solidarity day-by-day with Palestinians suffering under the Israeli army onslaught. We express our solidarity with the Palestinian people in general, suffering intolerable repression and hardship.

We call on the European Union and European governments generally to put pressure on Israel to call off its war against the Palestinian people. In particular, we reaffirm our opposition to the special privileges Israel enjoys under the EU-Israel Association Agreement, while it is in breach of the human-rights foundations of that agreement. We call on the European Union and European governments to participate in an international peace-keeping force to intervene to stop the bloodshed.

EJJP Executive Committee:

Liliane Cordova (France)
Dror Feiler (Sweden)
Sveva Haertter (Italy)
Dan Judelson (United Kingdom)Marcel Stelzer (Belgium)
Daniela Vorburger (Switzerland)
Max Wieselmann (the Netherlands)

* European Jews for a Just Peace is a network of 18 Jewish organisations in 9 European countries. EJJP believes that the only way out of the current impasse is through an agreement based on the creation of an independent and viable Palestinian state and the guarantee of a safe and secure Israel and Palestine.