EU losing patience over illegal Israeli settlements: Ambassador

EU losing patience over illegal Israeli settlements: Ambassador
Sat Jun 28, 2014 20:40:02

The EU ambassador in the Israeli-occupied territories has warned that a growing number of EU states are dissuading their citizens from doing business with companies registered in Israeli settlements.

Ambassador Lars Faaborg-Andersen told a business seminar organized by the Geneva Initiative on Friday that six European nations have already issued warnings to the Israeli regime over expanding construction of settlements beyond the Green Line.

EU member states “are losing their patience with concerns not being treated [seriously]," by Israel, Lars Faaborg-Andersen said.

"The EU is more consistently implementing existing policy, and taking further steps to disengage from the settlements," said the ambassador, and warned that in case settlement construction does not stop, even more EU member states will issue an advisory not to do business in the settlements.

The governments of five of the largest EU economies: Germany, France, Italy and Spain, UK, as well as the Netherlands have urged businessmen nationwide to stop investing into Israeli settlements in eastern al-Quds (Jerusalem), the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights and the occupied West Bank.

The international community regards all Israeli settlements built on occupied Palestinian land as illegal.

Over the past decades, Israel has tried to change the demographic makeup of al-Quds by constructing illegal settlements, destroying historical sites, and expelling the local Palestinian population.

More than half a million Israelis live in over 120 illegal settlements built since Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories 47 years ago.

Israel occupied and then annexed the West Bank and East al-Quds in the Six-Day War of 1967, but the move has never been recognized by the international community.


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