To: The European Union, the US congress and the Israeli Government
We condemn the actions taken by the US, the EU and Israel to exert penal
economic pressure upon the Palestinian people. The withdrawal of
economic aid by the US and the EU and the criminal withholding of
internationally agreed custom duties by Israel will lead to widespread
suffering, starvation and death among the Palestinian people, with the
weakest, children and the elderly, dying first.
This aid is desperately needed because the Israeli government
systematically pursues policies that prevent economic self sufficiency
on the west bank and in Gaza. these policies include:
*Use of the separation wall to cut off Palestinian farmers from their
*Import of labourers from East Asia rather than employ Palestinians
*Placing deliberate obstacles in the path of Palestinian exports of
agricultural produce and handicrafts
*Use of the Israeli banking system to block remittances from
Palestinians working abroad
*Disruption of Palestinian school and Higher Education
*Withholding of customs duties due to the Palestinian Authority under
These criminal policies are linked to demands that Hamas recognize the
state of Israel, such recognition would be the end of a negotiating
process, it should not be a precondition. The Palestinian people have
affronted the US, the EU and Israel by electing a Hamas government. It
was not made clear, when they insisted on democratic elections in
Palestine, that these they should only be held if the result were acceptable to Israel.
We further note that Hamas is maintaining a ceasefire and that Israel is
not and that Israel is killing far more Palestinians than vice-versa but
this does not impede massive US aid to Israel nor favourable trade
agreements between the EU and Israel.
In the name of justice and to end these economic crimes and murders we
The immediate restoration of aid by the US and the EU
The end of Israel’s economic blockade
The end of US military aid to Israel
The end of exceptional favourable EU agreements with Israel.