Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has welcomed the EU Council conclusions on the situation in Palestine and called for severe sanctions on Israel if it doesn’t comply with all UN resolutions on the Region.
Ms Anderson commented:
“I particularly welcome the EU reiteration of its commitment to achieving a two-state solution – based on parameters set out in the Council Conclusions of July 2014.
“It is abundantly clear that the oppressive security measures adopted by Israel is inflaming the atmosphere and creating the environment for continued conflict rather than defusing the situation.
“Conflict resolution as demonstrated in other regions of the world including our own experience is achieved through dialogue and negotiation not by increasing repression.
“Israeli action in the Palestinian Territories – the continued construction of illegal settlements, the separation wall, demolition of Palestinian homes and villages and confiscation of properties, including those housing EU funded projects – evictions, illegal outposts and restrictions of movement are not conducive to building trust and respect and must cease.
“Israel must end all settlement activity and dismantle illegal outposts. The EU must insist on Israeli compliance with international humanitarian law and international human rights or face immediate and severe sanctions.
“While the Palestinian Authority must do all it can to prevent violence emanating from areas under its control, as the major protagonist in the conflict, Israel, many of whose actions qualify as war crimes, must be left in no doubt that Europe will not carry on business as normal while it continues to flagrantly ignore a litany of UN Resolutions.”