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Another Reason why the EU sucks…

Posted by Atilla89 on August 23, 2007

I recieved this article in the Jerusalem post a few days ago and to my unsurprise I found that the EU is once again hosting a “one-sided, partisan and anti-Israel” conference called The UN International Conference of Civil Society in Support of Israeli-Palestinian Peace.

Normally I would support such an organisation, who doesn’t want peace in the Middle-East? However…

“This conference reflects this highly partisan, biased, anti-Israel spirit, as well as the organizational hypocrisy of such international forums, where one-sidedness is coated in neutral language,” said Dr. Emanuele Ottolenghi, executive director of the Transatlantic Institute, a Brussels-based think tank.

“Everything about this conference doesn’t seem right; Ten days before its opening the organizers still haven’t released the names of the participant groups. If you look at the program, none of the names of the speakers has been listed; they are vetted to prevent anyone from airing anything but the party line. If one digs deeper, it becomes manifest that the individuals and NGOs involved are all of the most extreme Palestinian narrative,” said Ottolenghi. “What the conference will pronounce is pre-determined,” said Hillel Neuer, executive director of UN Watch, a Geneva-based watchdog organization. “The UN’s Palestinian Division runs a tightly-controlled operation that accredits only anti-Israel NGOs and speakers. Recently, they’ve become quite clever. Without altering the virulently anti-Israel nature of their meetings, the organizers instead seek to mask their activities – under such innocent-sounding titles as ‘support for Israeli-Palestinian peace.'”

“Moreover, to add credence to their cover, they invite specially approved ‘Israelis’ – a select group of radicals who openly espouse hatred of Israel, claiming the license to do so because of their citizenship. Both tactics give conference organizers the cover they need for their allies and enablers to then use the material,” Neur added.

“The speakers do not accurately represent Israeli civil society or Israel’s parliament,” said Ottolenghi. “They speak for themselves and the Palestinian viewpoint, which they have all preached heartily.”

“This is yet another example of how officials from the EU provide support for radical NGOs leading the anti-Israel campaign through the use of the rhetoric of human rights,” said Prof. Gerald Steinberg from NGO Monitor. “Many of the speakers represent NGOs that receive funds from the EU – including ICAHD – under the guise of building peace and development,” he continued.

Read the rest here.

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2 Responses to “Another Reason why the EU sucks…”

  1. markus said

    I think such one-sided criticisms lead to a kind of looping prediction-analysis:
    Because I believe it must be so (the EU is anti-Israel) we argue that actions done herein must be anti-Israel as well.

    The USA until today has not achieved any advance towards peace in the area, quite the contrary. It is obvious that their strategy is too one-sided and will not work for peace talks. Focusing on something like this conference as “anti-Israel” is totally ignoring the more important point of peace.

    As long as parties on both sides do not want to discuss about peace without any pre-conditions to those talks, how can there be any advance?

  2. Atilla89 said

    Personally, I don’t think what the U.S. is doing with the peace process to be helpful either, but that has nothing to do with your notions of ‘one-sideness’.

    However when an organisation like the UN is innvolved, an organisation that is supposedly meant to be neutral, then I take issue when they are favouring one side over the other, hence why I blogged it.

    As for your last paragraph, Israel has consistenly tried for peace and given pre-conditions such as payment for the 1948 refugees, it is the Arabs and Palestinians who have rejected it. Need I remind you of the famous three no’s, arafat’s refusal of the deal that Barak gave him (and then not putting out a counter offer). I could go on, but I think you get my point.

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