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Harsh words on the policy of deportations in the West Bank and East Jerusalem + Gaza (Update)

K. Georgieva and S. Fayyad, Palestinian PM in Ramallah, May 15 (credit: European Commission)

(BRUSSELS2) Visiting the Palestinian territories, in the company of her counterpart from the United Nations OCHA, Valerie Amos, the European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid, Kristalina Georgieva, did not have harsh enough words on the policy of colonization, asserting itself “ particularly moved » the plight of ordinary Palestinian families encountered in Area C of the West Bank and in East Jerusalem.

Under the daily pressure of “harassment and expulsion"

« Women and children, in particular, live under constant threat of harassment, eviction and disruption of their lives. There is a protection problem there. Any action that leads to forced displacement must stop. This problem, combined with serious restrictions on access and movement imposed by the occupying power, means that most people are denied the opportunity for economic and social development, denied the right to live a life with dignity. . (…) The legitimate right of the Israeli people to live in peace and security does not erase Israel's obligation as the occupying power to respect international humanitarian law. Respect for the right to a life with dignity must help avoid outbreaks of violence, such as we have witnessed today across the occupied Palestinian territory, and help pave the way for peace. » According to the European Commission, around 60.000 Palestinians (out of a total of 225.000) in East Jerusalem face evictions.

The commissioner has scheduled until January 17, a 4-day visit to the West Bank as well as Gaza, Jerusalem and Tel Aviv (Israel) with meetings with the main Palestinian leaders – the president of the Palestinian Authority Abbas and his Prime Minister, Salam Fayyad, as well as the heads of the main humanitarian organizations working in the region (ICRC, Unicef, UNRWA, etc.). This is a new visit to Gaza by a senior European official after that of the President of the European Parliament, Hans-Gert Pöttering, in February 2009, and of the High Representative of the EU, in July 2010. But the first since announcement of the Hamas-Fatah rapprochement.

(Update May 17)

Gaza Strip blockade must be lifted, she tells defense minister

In Gaza, the commissioner continued in the same vein. During a meeting with Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak on May 17, K. Georgieva called for a “ immediate, lasting and unconditional opening of crossings to the Gaza Strip highlighting the difficult humanitarian situation at the base in Gaza. " The blockade prevents the movement of people, import and export of goods, leading to frustration and undermining development – she explained -. It is very difficult, for example, to bring construction materials into the Gaza Strip, which are urgently needed to build houses and schools. Another example is the plight of fishermen, who are unable to go beyond the three-mile overfishing zone and therefore struggle to maintain their livelihoods »

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).

One thought on “Harsh words on the policy of deportations in the West Bank and East Jerusalem + Gaza (Update)"

  • Kasia Lemanska

    We find the same lucidity in the consuls' report on East Jerusalem, but that does not change the situation: the EU is incapable of going beyond a simple declarative policy and taking real pressure measures against the State of Israel, which is in no way encouraged to put an end to colonization, to lift the blockade of Gaza, to stop discriminating against the Palestinians of Israel, to respect the rights of refugees,….

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