British MPs issue sanctions call on Israel

30 January 2007 - 2:58pm
Press release

The UK government should urge the EU to 'consider suspending' the EU-Israel Association Agreement, says the report from the cross-party committee of British MPs. The agreement guarantees Israeli exports preferential access to the markets of the European Union, and should be used as a lever to bring about change in Israeli government policy, says the report (para 38).

John Hilary, Director of Campaigns and Policy at War on Want, said: "We support the suspension of the EU-Israel Association Agreement. The committee rightly condemns Israel for the suffering it has imposed on the Palestinians, but it also points to action which could bring Israel back into line with international law. Tony Blair must take note and stand up for the rights of the Palestinian people."

The committee's report slams the UK government and other international donors for withholding aid from the democratically elected Palestinian Authority. Together with Israel's withholding of revenues due to the Palestinian government, this action by the international community has "increased poverty and hardship amongst most Palestinians", says the report.

The report's publication follows the 30 January launch of the Enough! coalition of British trade unions, faith groups and charities which have come together to call for justice for the Palestinian people.


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NOTES TO EDITORS

The embargoed report "Development Assistance and the Occupied Palestinian Territories" is available from steelej@parliament.uk or call (+44) (0)20 7219 1223.

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