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Human rights, which has been referred to as the “secular religion of the 21st century” has failed, catastrophically. The first, most fundamental right is the right to life – the right be protected from murder, regardless of the cause that is proclaimed to justify the killing of innocent people, whether in Europe, America, Israel, Syria,… » read more

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Following a detailed debate, on June 16, the Dutch Parliament approved a proposal requiring the government to review funding for NGOs that promote BDS (boycott, divestment, and sanctions) targeting Israel, and, in particular, the Human Rights and International Law Secretariat based at Birzeit University in Ramallah.A similar debate and vote is scheduled to take place… » read more

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The European Union allocates millions of Euros annually to a select group of Israeli, Palestinian and other political NGOs under a number of different frameworks. While the names and amounts of the grantees are, for the most part, made public, the decision making processes remain highly classified “state secrets,” in violation of basic democratic transparency.… » read more

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In 1995, the European Union’s Barcelona Conference launched the grand-sounding Euro-Mediterranean Partnership, a massive effort encompassing the countries of North Africa, Israel, Syria and Jordan. The main objective was to establish economic and political frameworks to stabilize the Arab regimes; the second goal was to compete with the US in Arab-Israeli peace making after Oslo.… » read more

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Imagine a non-governmental organization (NGO) in France collecting anonymous testimonies from soldiers who fought in Mali, and traveling the globe accusing the French government of systematic war crimes. And imagine that the money – millions of Euros – came from the European Union and other governments, enabling this fringe anti-France NGO to give speeches and… » read more

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      The Middle East has become a horrible burning ground, but the European Union remains fixated on the conflict between the Palestinians and Israelis, and an imagined “Middle East Peace Process” (MEPP). In European foreign ministries, the mythologies of the 1970s remain unchallenged, perhaps because dealing with the real threats to Europe from… » read more

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Once again, the self-appointed great and good of Europe claim to have a magic solution to the infinitely complex conflict between Palestinians and Israel. Under the ambitious (and misleading) heading of “a new EU approach to resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict”, this group is calling on Frederica Mogherini to adopt their opinions. Far from being a… » read more

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In 1980, the 9 members of the European Economic Community adopted the Venice Declaration, which called for the establishment of a Palestinian state as the basis for peace with Israel. In part, this was an awkward European effort to compete with the US, which had recently gained diplomatic prestige as the mediator in the historic… » read more

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Political relations between the European Union and Israel are in bad shape, to greatly understate the case. The diplomatic airwaves are filled with mutual criticism and recrimination, often overwhelming the many shared concerns and perspectives. The EU’s policies towards Israel appear to focus almost exclusively on the unresolved conflict with the Palestinians. For its part,… » read more

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