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11 MEPs from across the EU and from across the political spectrum got together and authored a written declaration on the funnelling of EU Aid to terrorist organisations.

A written declaration is a type of political petition. If it gets more than 376 signatures (half of the Parliament) it prompts a formal debate in the European Parliament.

In 2013, the Court of Auditors published a report denouncing the lack supervision of EU Aid funds to the Palestinian Authority.

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Additionally – and just very recently – the French and German governments requested the European Commission to urgently tackle the matter and ensure that taxpayers’ money doesn’t end up in terrorist hands.

The Commission is in charge of the distribution of EU Aid to a number of  countries outside the EU.

These funds are supposed to be used to support humanitarian crises or for development projects, for example.

The European Parliament, as the only directly elected EU institutional body does not have any proper control, input, oversight or adequate scrutiny on how these funds are being directed or spent.

Calls have been made for a much more transparent approach and much more politically accountable scrutiny.


Visit to Brussels of the Israeli expert of IMPA, 15 April 2015

On the 14th of April 2015, EIPA had the pleasure to host in Brussels Mr Paul Landes  Head of Israel Money Laundering and terror Financing Prohibition Authority (IMPA). Mr Paul Landes met several MEPs, from different political groups. He also addressed the ECR group on the 15th of April (see pictures). Paul Landes’ visit was linked to the ongoing Written Declaration on the funnelling of EU funds to the terrorist organisations signed by 100 Members of the European Parliament.


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Europe Israel Public Affairs is the only secular and non-partisan lobby group working at the heart of the EU Institutions.

Based in Brussels, right beside the European Commission, European Council and within easy reach of the European Parliament, our team of lobbyists and communications experts is dedicated to a simple objective:

Connecting Europe and Israel.


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European Parliament’s Report on Iran – The triumph of European pragmatism in the Middle East

The European Parliament will vote this coming Wednesday on the report concerning the EU’s strategy after Iran’s nuclear agreement. MEP Richard Howitt’s report passed through its first reading in the Foreign Affairs committee on the 6th of October 2016 with 38 votes for, 15 against, following consultations with the Trade Committee on the 14th of July 2016.

 


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Who we are

Europe Israel Public Affairs is the only secular and non-partisan lobby group working at the heart of the EU Institutions.

Based in Brussels, right beside the European Commission, European Council and within easy reach of the European Parliament, our team of lobbyists and communications experts is dedicated to a simple objective:

Connecting Europe and Israel.

We develop networks between parliamentarians, civil servants and staffers and their counterparts in Israel, facilitate dialogue and create events and opportunities enabling stronger political, economic and cultural ties between the EU and the State of Israel.

We love Israel. We know it as a dynamic, fast changing, pluralist society. Where innovation in health, technology, agriculture and environment to name but four are changing lives around the world for the better.

We know it as the only real democracy in the Middle East, where human rights are respected and where political debate and opposition are positively encouraged.

And we know it as a place with one of the richest cultural tapestries in the world, where different Jewish cultures from around the world mix with Christian, Arab, Bedouin and Druze cultures creating a heady and utterly unique mix. This produces some outstanding talent in music, art, film and theatre.

Why are we telling you all this? Because for us Israel is about so much more than just conflict.


Amnesty says Gaza groups committed war crimes

NGO cites indiscriminate fire and use of civilians for cover during fighting; Israel was charged with crimes in previous report

Amnesty02The human rights group Amnesty International said in a report Thursday that armed Palestinian organizations committed war crimes during the 2014 Gaza-Israel conflict, by killing both Israeli and Palestinian civilians using indiscriminate projectiles.

The report comes after two other reports issued in late 2014 that accused Israel of war crimes for attacks on multistory civilian buildings and attacks on Palestinian residential homes during the war.

The 50-day Gaza war left more than 2,100 Palestinians dead, around half of whom Israel says were fighters; Israel blames Hamas for all civilian fatalities since it emplaced its war machine in residential areas. Hamas officials in Gaza claim most were civilians. On the Israeli side, 66 soldiers and six civilians were killed.

Palestinian operatives, including the armed wing of Hamas, launched unguided rockets and mortars which cannot be aimed at a specific target and are a breach of international law, the human rights group said.

Six civilians in Israel were killed in such attacks, and 13 Palestinian civilians were killed when a Palestinian projectile launched from the Gaza Strip apparently landed in a Gaza refugee camp.

Palestinians have claimed that the Israeli military was responsible for that attack, but Amnesty International said an independent munitions expert examining the evidence on the group’s behalf concluded that a Palestinian rocket was responsible.


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In footage captured by al-Mayadeen, apparently during the current truce, Hamas Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades fighters are seen preparing rockets to launch against Israel in a tunnel underneath the Gaza Strip, August 2014. (screen capture, YouTube)

The report also alleged other international humanitarian law violations during the conflict, including Palestinian terror groups’ storing munitions in civilian buildings and United Nations schools, and launching attacks near locations where hundreds of displaced civilians were taking shelter.

“The devastating impact of Israeli attacks on Palestinian civilians during the conflict is undeniable, but violations by one side in a conflict can never justify violations by their opponents,” said Philip Luther of Amnesty International.

Luther called on both Israeli and Palestinian authorities to cooperate with UN and International Criminal Court probes “to end decades of impunity that have perpetuated a cycle of violations in which civilians on both sides have paid a heavy price.”

Hamas officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

On Monday the European Union joined Palestinian and Arab delegations in asking Israel to allow a United Nations human rights investigator access to the Gaza Strip.

Israel has declined to allow the investigator, Makarim Wibisono, into Gaza, and Wibisono presented an initial report to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva based on interviews with people in Jordan and Egypt, as well as individuals communicating via video call from Gaza. His report calls on Israel to investigate the killing of what it says were more than 1,500 Palestinian civilians, one-third of them children, during the war.

Hamas, an Islamist terror group committed to destroying Israel, seized control of Gaza in a violent 2007 takeover from Mahmoud Abbas’s Palestinian Authority.

THIS ARTICLE BROGHT TO YOU FROM: JTA and Times of Israel staff.


What we do

What we do and how we do it

Of course here at EIPA we do deal with conflict related issues, from briefings between MEPs, Commissioners and staffers and key high-profile Israeli political representatives, strategic thinkers, defence experts and academics; to events and political initiatives that ensure that Israel’s position, across party lines and in its entirety, is articulated and heard loud and clear. We bring them to Israel too, so they can see, hear and feel for themselves how things are on the ground.

But what makes us unique is our ability to reach the parts that other organisations can’t reach. We talk about Israel to politicians and staffers in a way that relates to them. Whether that’s Green MEPs about Israeli green energy, or the Agriculture Commissioner and his cabinet about Israeli water management or Transport Committee members about life saving Israeli road safety initiatives.

We follow this up by bringing MEPs and key staffers to Israel, showing them these projects and initiatives first hand, allowing relationships to develop and networks to be built.

We strive to get the widest possible audience in the EU Institutions relating, interacting and connecting with Israel outside the usual prism of conflict or peace process.

But we can’t do any of this valuable work without political support. Our political board is made up of MEPs from across the political spectrum and across different policy lines, increasing our reach and influence at the heart of the EU. To find out more about our political board, please click here.


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