Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Will the EU Listen to Hanan Ashrawi?

Dear Friend,

Let me tell you about Hanan Ashrawi:
Ashrawi was born to Palestinian Christian parents on October 8, 1946 in the city of Nablus, British Mandate for Palestine, now part of the West Bank.[4] Her father, Daoud Mikhail, was one of the founders of the Palestine Liberation Organization.

Her family later moved to Ramallah, where she attended the Ramallah Friends Girls School. She received her bachelor's and master's degrees in literature in the Department of English at the American University of Beirut. While a graduate student in literature at the American University in Beirut she dated Peter Jennings of ABC News who was then stationed there as ABC's Beirut bureau chief.[5]

When the Six-Day War broke out in 1967, Ashrawi as a 22 year-old student in Lebanon, was declared an absentee by Israel and denied re-entry to the West Bank. For the next six years, Ashrawi traveled and completed her education gaining a Ph.D. in Medieval and Comparative Literature from the University of Virginia. Ashrawi was finally allowed to re-join her family in 1973 under the family reunification plan.[6] [from Wikipedia]

On August 8, 1975 she married Emil Ashrawi (born 1951),[7] a Christian Jerusalemite who is now a photographer and a theater director.[8] Together they have two daughters, Amal (born 1977) and Zeina (born 1981).[9]

Ashrawi calls on EU to review economic relations with Israel

Ma'an News Agency
July 24, 2012 - 12:00am

Senior PLO official Hanan Ashrawi on Tuesday called on the European Union to review its relations with Israel in light of its persistent violations of international law.

The EU-Israeli Association's annual meeting, held in Brussels on Tuesday, is an opportunity for the EU to ensure any economic relations with Israel are contingent on its compliance with international obligations, Ashrawi said in a statement.

"Rather than rewarding Israel by giving it preferential treatment,the EU should use its economic influence to end Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestine."

"As the market for 60 percent of Israel’s exports, the EU has the ability to prevent Israel from destroying the chances for peace. All it needs is the political will," Ashrawi said.

By expanding cooperation between government agencies and within business sectors, Ashrawi said the EU was separating issues of international law from issues of trade and economy, "allowing the EU to ignore Israel's ongoing violations" against Palestinians.

She urged the EU to revoke any preferential treatment Israel receives in view of its "willful and persistent violations of its agreements and obligations."

Article 2 of the Euro-Mediterranean agreement conditions Israel's membership on respect for human rights and democratic principles, she noted, while Article 83 precludes applicability to all the occupied territories and so excludes settlement produce.

The executive director of international aid agency Oxfam Jeremy Hobbs also called Tuesday on the EU "to step up and take a leadership role" and to match its condemnations of settlement expansion "with urgent and concrete measures."

"Europe's condemnation of Israel's settlement expansion is welcome but words alone mean nothing when people's lives keep worsening," Hobbs said in a statement.

At the 2011 EU-Israeli Association meeting, statements condemning Israeli settlement expansion were issued "yet we've seen a sharp rise in new settlement construction across the West Bank," he added.

"Meanwhile, Palestinian displacement and Israeli-led demolition of Palestinian homes and water cisterns, many of which were funded by EU taxpayers, has increased."


1 comment:

Mark CoffmAN said...

A "christian" PLO party member?

That's as oxymoronic as jumbo shrimp.
Yes we know who she is, and what her agenda is, the destruction of Israel, just like every other PLO member. She just now is trying to use the EU to do her dirty work. And of course these other "christian" organizations are buying into the lies propagated by the Arabs. Israel belongs to God, given to the Jews as an inheritance, with Jerusalem as it's capitol, PERIOD.
Yes we pray for the people who are called "Palestinians", we pray that they too will come to salvation thru the JEWISH Messiah, Yeshua, (Jesus), just as we pray earnestly that all people come to salvation.
May the God of Abraham, Issac, and Jacob open the eyes and hearts of all the descendants of Abraham to the saving Grace of the Messiah. Shalom