The EU recently published guidelines, barring all cooperation with Israeli entities over pre-67 lines. According to a Times of Israel report, "The new directive, to take effect at the start of 2014, requires the EU and its members to cease any joint activity or funding with Israeli entities working over the Green Line in the West Bank and Jerusalem, and in the Golan Heights. The measure also require any future agreements between Israel and the EU to include a clause in which Israel accepts the European Union’s position that all territory over the Green Line does not belong to Israel — a requirement that is anathema to Israel."
The guidelines, despite EU claims, are not backed by international law nor are they consistent with current EU policy. According to recent research by Professor Eugene Kontorovich:
- The Israel Grants Guidelines adopted by the European Commission are singularly discriminatory against Israel. They contradict international law as established in U.N. documents and leading court cases, as well as the European Union’s own interpretations of international law.
- The EU provides aid and financial cooperation to numerous countries that maintain settlements in what Europe considers occupied territory, such as Morocco, Turkey, and Russia. In none of these cases has the Commission imposed limitations on the aid akin to the Guidelines for Israel.
Check out Professor Eugene Kontorovich's recently published report on the subject.
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