Today a group of 13 MEPs, who support Israel and are friends of EIPA or sit on our Advisory committee, sent a letter to High Representative Federica Mogherini and European Parliament President Martin Schulz calling on them to issue a clear and unambiguous statement to Palestinian Authority head Mahmoud Abbas, that inflammatory language and his silence in refusing to condemn the recent murders and stabbings against Israeli citizens will not be tolerated by the EU.
A highly appreciated action in these difficult times.
Brussels, 7 October 2015
Dear High Representative Mogherini, Dear President Schulz,
We, as Members of the European Parliament, Members of EIPA’s Advisory Committee and friends of EIPA, are deeply concerned at the recent increase in inflammatory language coming from the Palestinian Authority leadership, and Mahmoud Abbas in particular.
We are equally concerned at the silence and lack of condemnatory statements from Mr Abbas with regards to the murders of two parents in front of their children in the West Bank on Thursday, and the resounding silence following the stabbing murders and injuries inflicted against Israeli citizens this weekend in Jerusalem.
UN Secretary General Mr. Ban Ki Moon had already condemned Mr Abbas, fearing that his recent inflammatory statements on events at the Temple Mount would increase tensions in Jerusalem. His fears were well founded.
Following Mr Abbas’ speech at the UN General Assembly last week – in which he stated that the Palestinian Authority no longer felt bound by the Oslo Accord Framework – The military wing of Fatah claimed responsibility for the murders of the young Israeli parents Eitam and Na’ama Henkin.
A Hamas spokesman praised the attack by the “brave resistance,” calling the murderous act “heroic,” and called for its members to carry out more attacks against Israel. The Popular Resistance Committees also “blessed” the attack, saying it was a natural reaction to “Israeli crimes.”
Israel has, in stark contrast, immediately condemned and brought the full weight of justice to bear on Israeli citizens who attack and murder Palestinian citizens.
We take note and welcome the EEAS statements in light of the murders and events in Jerusalem. You will also be aware of the Israeli Prime Minister’s desire to begin peace process negotiations immediately and without pre-conditions. This offer, which must be grasped, is still on the table.
High Representative, President, events in Israel and the West Bank are taking a worrying turn. Many are claiming that a third intifada has already begun.
We press upon you the need for an unambiguous and clear European repudiation of the language used by Mr. Abbas to date, his silence in the face of brutal and unwarranted murders of Israeli citizens, and his failure to properly respond and engage with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s offer of peace negotiations.
We urge you to issue this clear and unambiguous statement as soon as possible, so that the Palestinian leadership understands that incitement to hatred, and silence in the face of Palestinian terror attacks against Israel’s population have consequences and will not be tolerated by the European Union.
MEP Fulvio Martusciello (EPP, Italy)
MEP Frédérique Ries (ALDE, Belgium)
MEP Boris Zala (S&D, Slovakia)
MEP Ramon Tremosa Balcells (ALDE, Spain)
MEP Lars Adaktusson (EPP, Sweden)
MEP Petro Auštrevičiaus biuras (ALDE, Lithuania)
MEP Milan Zver EPP, Slovenia)
MEP Marijana Petir (EPP, Croatia)
MEP Bas Belder (ECR, the Netherlands)
MEP Hannu Takkula (ALDE, Finland)
MEP Arne Gericke (ECR, Germany)
MEP Cristian Preda (EPP, Romania)
MEP Branislav Škripek (ECR, Slovakia)