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The EU and Israel - Or how Brussels learned to love the occupation
Under the leadership of Tony Blair and Catherine Ashton, the EU has increased its connection to Israel’s occupation of Palestine, says David Cronin
Letter from senior European officials supports BDS approach on Israel
"We consider it simply inexplicable that such products still enjoy benefits under preferential trade agreements between the EU and Israel."
EU to import Palestinian products duty free
The European Union signed an agreement with the Palestinian Authority to import some Palestinian products duty free
PA looks to expand free-trade networks
The Palestinian Authority Cabinet on Tuesday instructed a committee to complete negotiations for economic cooperation with South American trade bloc Mercosur.
Palestinians open trade talks with Mercosur
The Palestinian Authority has opened trade talks with Brazil, Argentina and other Latin American countries, in an effort to boost economic and political ties with the fast-growing Mercosur bloc.
Israel’s Freedom Flotilla Massacre underlines the urgency of intensifying BDS
We call on civil society organisations to pressure their governments to end free trade agreements (FTAs) with Israel, and implement an immediate arms embargo against it, as was called for previously by Amnesty International after Cast Lead
Bruxelles veut aider les produits palestiniens à entrer dans l’UE
"La Commission européenne devrait proposer dans les prochains mois (aux pays de l’UE) d’accorder l’accès en franchise de droit et sans contingent aux exportations palestiniennes à destination de l’UE", a annoncé jeudi le commissaire européen chargé du Commerce Karel De Gucht.
EU to open market fully to Palestinian exports soon
The European Commission plans to open European Union markets fully to Palestinian exports in the coming months to help strengthen the Palestinian economy, the EU trade chief said on Thursday.
Israel dominates Turkey-Arab forum
Turkey’s prime minister has urged Arab nations to unite and step-up efforts to end Israel’s blockade on the Gaza Strip.
Palestinian BDS National Committee welcomes landmark EU court ruling
The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Campaign National Committee welcomes the long overdue ruling by the Court of Justice of the European Union that Israeli products originating from Israel’s colonial settlements built on Occupied Palestinian Territory do not qualify for preferential customs treatment under the EC-Israel trade agreement
Brazil readies free trade agreement with Palestine
Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and his Development, Industry and Foreign Trade minister Miguel Jorge announced in the Middle East that Brazil and Argentina have already agreed to negotiate a free trade agreement between the Mercosur and the Palestinian National Authority (PNA).
EU highest court: Israeli goods produced in the West Bank not free from custom duties
The European Court of Justice has ruled that under the EU-Israel FTA, duty-free entry to the EU only applies to industrial goods made within Israel’s pre-1967 borders.
Palestinians declare war on Jewish settlements’ products
The PNA campaign is accompanied by an international campaign to boycott any product made in Israeli settlements that the PNA considers illegal.
Join the 2nd Global BDS Day of Action - 30 March 2010
The Global BDS Day of Action aims to promote a freeze or cancellation of free trade and other preferential agreements as a crucial and urgent step towards full-fledged sanctions against Israel
Palestinians seek to shut down settler trade
Prime Minister Fayyad said if Palestinians wanted to persuade the European Union to ban trade with the settlements — considered illegal under international law — they would have to do it themselves first.
Israeli Prez Peres Must Carry Palestinian Answers to Brazil
Israeli President Shimon Peres should have answers to the Palestinian issues during his Latin American sojourn if he aspires to strengthen ties with them, particularly, in light of growing opposition in Brazil over the ratification of Mercosur-Israel FTA. A Parliamentary Commission on Foreign Relations and National Defence has recommended to the Brazilian parliament in September not to ratify Mercosur-Israel FTA until “Israel accepted the creation of the Palestinian state on the 1967 borders”.
Brazilian Parliament recommends freezing out Israelis from third largest export market
“This decision is an enormous blow for Israel’s economy and foreign relations”, says Jamal Juma’ of the Stop the Wall Campaign. The Brazilian Parliamentary Commission on Foreign Relations and National Defense has recommended that the parliament should not ratify the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between Mercosur and the State of Israel until “Israel accepts the creation of the Palestinian state on the 1967 borders”.
Human rights campaign sues European Union over continued economic ties with Israelis
The European Campaign to Lift the Siege on Gaza, in cooperation with European institutions and individuals, has filed a lawsuit against the European Union to force the EU to end its economic partnership agreement with the Israelis.
Upgrading of relations EU-Israel
Open letter from Hiyam Noir, editor of Palestine Free Voice, to EU-Isral Association Council
"Israel must see that there are consequences to its actions"
We can and must focus on the trading privileges from which Israel benefits within the framework of the Euro-Mediterranean Association Agreement, and point out again and again that Israel violates the human rights clause of that Agreement. If nothing else, this clarifies that EU support for Israel violates its own regulations.