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Europe's Alliance with Israel: Aiding the Occupation Paperback – January 4, 2011
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'It seems to many that Israel is above international law. This important book explores the complex political ties that have prevented European countries from holding Israel to account' -- Ken Loach
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David Cronin is a journalist specialising in European politics. He is the author of Europe's Alliance With Israel: Aiding the Occupation (Pluto, 2011) and has written for a variety of publications, including the Guardian, Wall Street Journal Europe, European Voice, the Irish Times and Electronic Intifada.
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David Cronin, a journalist specializing in European politics, demonstrates in his book that the EU over the years has been accommodating to Israel's illegal occupation. Despite its anti-occupation rhetoric, the EU is, unnoticed by the public, sliding into complicity, writes the author. The EU wears the regard of human rights and the respect of international law like a monstrance in the relationships with other countries, but closes both eyes when it comes to Israel's disregard of both. In his words: "The European Union's cowardice towards Israel is in stark contrast to the robust position it has taken when major atrocities have occurred in other conflicts."
Cronin writes that Europe`s "unholy alliance" with Israel has been forged partly as a result of 9/11. Both singled out Islamic militancy as the common enemy and started fighting against the symptoms. Although, Israel is not a formal member of the EU, in reality however, it is treated like a member state. When Javier Solana, then EU's foreign policy chief, visited Jerusalem in 2009 he admitted that Israel is much closer to the EU than Croatia. "There is no country outside the European continent that has this type of relationship that Israel has with the European Union. Israel, allow me to say, is a member of the European Union without being a member of the institutions. It's a member of all the programmes, it participates in all the programmes." The EU speaks continuously of its close attachment to human rights, but its "alliance with Israel is largely devoid of ethical integrity".
The nagging fact that Israel is illegally occupying land of another people is dealt with inconsistently. The double standards pervade not only US-American foreign policy but also that of the European Union. Israel refuses not only inspections of its large nuclear arsenals, but is the only country in the Middle East that refuses to sign up to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. Besides that it has a huge stockpile of biological weapons. Together with Syria, North Korea Israel has not ratified the treaty, which bans these weapons.
That Israel could successfully insinuate itself into the EU is attributed by the author to Israel's charm offensive, its impressive performance in science and technology, and from the massive support it has obtained from Nicolas Sarkozy and other European heads of states, such as German Chancellor Angela Merkel. It is no exaggeration to say that the EU is abetting crimes against humanity in the Middle East. To end this complicity will not be easy. According to David Cronin, the first step to dissolve this "unholy alliance" is to know how it was built.
Even after the Gaza massacre in 2008/09 on a helpless and imprisoned civilian population, the EU took sides with Israel and put the sole blame on Hamas. The German chancellor took the bun by declaring that Hamas "clearly and exclusively" bore responsibility for the attacks, writes the author. Unsurprisingly, the EU considers Hamas a "terror organization" as requested to do by Israel and the US. Cronin and many other experts regard Hamas as a resistance movement against Israeli occupation. Without Israeli occupation there would be no Hamas and also no Hizb`allah in Lebanon. In their Middle Eastern policy, the EU elaborates on the symptoms and not the causes. The EU treats Israel like a kind of a Middle Eastern Canada. Israel might be all of that, but it is still an occupying power with a very poor human rights record and it violates numerous international treaties. "Yet instead of treating it as a rogue, Europe has decided to reward it", writes Cronin.
David Cronin sums up his book with an outlook of the establishment of an "Israel Lobby" in Brussels. On the European level, the pro-Israel lobby is by far not yet so well organized as in the United States. Over the years it has, nevertheless, grown in both size and strength, "a phenomenon that has gone unnoticed by most of the mainstream media". The different Israel lobby groups in Brussels are "European Friends of Israel", "Transatlantic Institute", set up by the American Jewish Committee (AJC), "B'Nai B'rith", and "European Jewish Congress (EJC). These lobby organizations have strong links to the nationally based Israel lobbies in the European capitals. The strongest "Israel Lobbies" are found in France and Great Britain. These lobbies have only received scant attention from the mainstream media, "because journalists and editors work within a culture of censorship", writes Cronin. "Most of this censorship is self-censorship motivated by fear that newspapers which criticize the pro-Israel lobby will be branded anti-Semitic." In general terms, the author's findings and conclusions about Israel lobbies in Europe hold also true for Germany.
The book offers deep insights into the Middle East policy of the EU, which the author regards as scandalous, because the EU - when it comes to Israel - violates its own basic values of promoting human rights, freedom, democracy and international law. It seems as if the complexity of the EU and its diversity of political interests have been responsible for its blurred stance towards Israel's violation of human rights and international law. If this development is not arrested by political decision-makers who possess a clear vision of justice and the rule of law in international relations, the EU will end up being as dominated by political interest groups like the US government. This would not be in the best interests of the world's peoples in general, and the Israeli and Palestinian people in particular. As long as Israel occupies foreign land, the EU should terminate all cooperation with this country. According to the "values" of the EU, a support of an occupying regime is impossible.
Dr. Ludwig Watzal works as a journalist and editor in Bonn, Germany.
The EU has an association agreement with Israel, giving it trade preferences, and is aiming for `more intense, more fruitful, more influential co-operation'. It is a member of the EU in all but name.
As Javier Solana, then EU foreign policy chief, said in 2009, "Israel, allow me to say, is a member of the European Union without being a member of the institutions. It's a member of all the programmes, it participates in all the programmes."
The UN estimates that half of all foreign aid to Palestinians ends up aiding Israeli companies. The European Commission pays these companies to provide goods and services to Gaza. The other half goes to rebuilding aid projects that the Israelis have destroyed. Between 2001 and 2009, Israeli attacks on occupied territories inflicted 55 million euros' worth of damage on EU-funded infrastructure.
Israel's attack on Gaza (December 2008-January 2009) killed 1,417 Palestinians, including 926 civilians: 497 men, 116 women and 313 children. 10 Israeli soldiers were killed and three civilians. The day after the attack ended, presidents and prime ministers from Britain, Italy, Germany, France, Spain and the Czech Republic attended a gala dinner in Jerusalem hosted by Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert. As an Israeli official boasted to the Jerusalem Post, "Six world leaders dropped everything to come here and express their support for Israel's security."
Israel, backed by the EU, punished Gaza for its democratic election of Hamas. Israel's brutal blockade has turned Gaza into the world's largest open-air prison.
The EU appointed as its `peace envoy' to the Middle East Anthony Blair, who backed Israel's attacks on Lebanon and Gaza. He gets £400,000 a year and has taken an entire floor of the poshest hotel in East Jerusalem - cost, more than $1 million a year. The whole EU is in the Blair pose - pretending to be an honest, even-handed broker of peace, in fact being an accomplice in illegal occupation and aggressions.
There is a well-known pro-Israel lobby in the USA (see The Israel lobby and US foreign policy, by John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt). The EU has a pro-Israel lobby too, including the European Friends of Israel (based on a cross-party alliance of MEPs), the Transatlantic Institute, B'nai B'rith and the European Jewish Congress.
In Britain, there are also the British Israel Communication and Research Centre and the Jewish National Fund UK, a charity which calls itself `proudly Zionist', yet of course `entirely non-political'. The JNF is an openly racist body: it is now illegal for any land it holds to be sold to any Palestinian. Blair and Gordon Brown are honorary patrons of JNF UK.
Israel and its lobby bay for war on Iran, a country which has not invaded any country for centuries, unlike, say, Israel.