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The European Parliament supports an EUBAM II mission in Gaza

(B2) The European Parliament condemned, on June 17, in a resolution, "L'flotilla attack in international waters, which constitutes a violation of international law" and asked "a international and impartial investigation into this attack".

A blockade of the Gaza Strip that strengthens the most radical

He also condemned the blockade of the Gaza Strip, which he considers “a collective sanction which is contrary to international humanitarian law” and called for its lifting. This blockade “has not achieved its objective of striking a blow against extremists and, as it particularly affects the most vulnerable groups of the population, it has led to increasing radicalization.” It is radical according to the European Parliament: only 3 trucks of food aid entered Gaza during the first three months of the year, compared to 600 during the first quarter of 36. Only 000 products are allowed to enter in Gaza while the Office
United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) estimates that 6 items are needed to meet essential humanitarian needs.

A reinforced EUBAM mission

The European Parliament has also, and above all, expressed its support for the establishment of a European border surveillance mission extended to land level and even maritime level. He “(thus) urges the High Representative/Vice-President to immediately take the lead in submitting to the Quartet an EU plan to lift the blockade of Gaza and address the concerns of Israel in terms of security by ensuring international control of crossing points, including by reassessing the mandate of the European Union Border Assistance Mission (EU-BAM), possibly with a maritime dimension, as well as "by reactivating this mission and deploying an international naval force to monitor the Gaza shore."

NB: the parliamentarians asked the Member States to “take the necessary measures to convene the EU-Israel Association Council without delay in order to discuss the current situation”. But no reference is made to a possible sanction on this point.

(Nicolas Gros-Verheyde)

Text of the resolution to download here

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).