Boycotts, Borders and the Bible


“Peace for us means the destruction of Israel. We are preparing for an all-out war, a war which will last for generations.” Yasser Arafat

“Peace will come when the Arabs will love their children more than they hate us.” Golda Meir

“I will never allow a single Israeli to live among us on Palestinian land.” Mahmoud Abbas

It was reported over a week ago that the European Union was planning a boycott against Jewish communities in Samaria, Judea, Eastern Jerusalem and even the Golan Heights. Guidelines were published in the EU’s Official Journal on the 19th of July, forbidding EU member states from funding or dealing with “entities in territories located beyond the 1949 Armistice Line.” The Preamble says in part, “The EU does not recognize Israel’s sovereignty over… the Golan Heights, Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including east Jerusalem… and does not consider them to be part of Israel’s territory, irrespective of their legal status under domestic law.”

When Israeli officials voiced their concerns over the planned boycott, France’s Ambassador to Israel said that, “the new guidelines were a continuation of European policy on settlements.”

Legal experts say there is no legal basis because Judea and Samaria are not officially occupied territories as “the area was never defined as such [under international law]and therefore the EU’s continuous use of this terminology undermines the negotiations for a permanent [peace]deal. … The EU’s perception of the Israeli settlements’ illegality stems from various different interpretations of international law.” They added that the EU’s constant use of the term “1967 borders” has no legal basis as the “ceasefire agreement of 1949 between Israel and its Arab neighbors stipulates that the cease-fire lines cannot be construed as international borders.”

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