Russell Tribunal on Palestine finds EU states guilty of breaches of international and internal EU law
The jury, comprised of eminent legal experts and human rights defenders heard two days of reports from international experts and witnesses on the issues of: The principle of respect for the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination, the settlements and the plundering of natural resources, the annexation of East Jerusalem, the blockade of Gaza and operation “Cast Lead”, the construction of the Wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, the European Union/Israel Association Agreement.
“The year 2009 was the quietest for Israelis from the security point of view and the most violent for the Palestinians from the point of view of attacks by settlers in the West Bank.” Just as he was saying this – as an example of one of the absurdities that characterize the political situation – Palestinian Agriculture Minister Ismail Daiq received a phone call from the Jenin district to inform him that five artesian wells in the village of Daan had been destroyed that morning.
BISHOP DESMOND TUTU, the South African Nobel Prize winner, described how he saw on his visit to Israel “much like what happened to us black people in South Africa. I have seen the humiliation of the Palestinians at checkpoints and roadblocks, suffering like us when young white police officers prevented us from moving about” (1). Comparisons between apartheid South Africa and Israel/Palestine have often been made, but not always clearly explained. Many factors have made the comparison attractive.