Australian and Palestinian human rights groups have urged Australia to stop pursuing a potential free trade agreement with Israel and condemn its actions in Gaza and East Jerusalem.
On Sunday a demonstration is planned in Montréal against the Canada Israel Free Trade Agreement. Under the banner “Against Israel’s annexation of the Jordan Valley.
Isreal appeals to the British government to include Judea and Samaria, Golan Heights in the free trade agreement between Jerusalem and London, slated to come into effect with the completion of Brexit in 2021.
The agreement allows goods and services produced in the Israeli settlements to enter Canada on the same tariff-free terms as goods and services originating in Israel.
The free-trade deal appears to be on hold as Indonesia is angry about Australia’s potential move of an embassy to Jerusalem.
China has agreed to begin free-trade talks with Palestine, Beijing said on Wednesday
Indonesia could delay signing a planned free trade deal with Australia if Prime Minister Scott Morrison formally recognises Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, political analysts suggest, as the move would provoke deep anger in the lead up to the Muslim nation’s presidential election.
China has pledged to complete official discussions to reach a free-trade agreement with the state of Palestine as soon as possible, Jordan’s Assabeel newspaper reported yesterday.
Palestine and China signed on Thursday a memorandum of understanding on free trade between the two countries.
Two weeks ago the worst fear of Canadian opponents of neoliberal ‘free trade’ agreements came true. Surprisingly, there has been almost no reaction from the political parties, unions, and other organizations that warned these agreements would be used to undermine Canadian law, even though this is exactly what happened.
A series of MEPs condemned Israel’s continued settlement construction in the occupied West Bank during a plenum debate.
The European Union recognises the right of its citizens to boycott Israel, its top foreign policy official has said. This tardy move comes after three member governments — Sweden, Ireland and the Netherlands — already explicitly recognise this right.
The Arab Mediterranean free trade agreement also groups Egypt, Jordan, Morocco and Tunisia, and allows greater access to European markets.
Palestine is seeking to achieve economic advantages by replacing settlement products with Palestinian products in European cities.
Few issues have caused more friction between Israel and the European Union than EU plans to impose labelling on goods produced in Jewish settlements on occupied land.
More than 150 organizations from across Europe are vowing to resist efforts by the United States to stifle campaigns for Palestinian rights by means of a controversial trade deal.
Residents of the Palestinian village of Sussiya on Sunday called on the European Union to suspend its trade agreements with Israel to protest the pending demolition of unauthorized homes in their herding community in the South Hebron Hills region of the West Bank.
What we, as Palestinians, are asking from Europe is nothing more than that the EU protects their own 20-year-long investment in the two-state solution by respecting its own obligations under domestic and international law.
Legislation to fast track new trade pacts specifically targets supporters of the BDS movement against the Israeli occupation.
The so-called trade promotion authority bill passed by Congress requires US negotiators to make the rejection of the BDS campaign a principal trade objective in negotiations with the European Union.