EU-Israel Collusion Against Palestinians?
Posted by musliminsuffer on February 23, 2009
In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful
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EU-Israel Collusion Against Palestinians?
Feb 22, 2009
Some days ago I was able to speak with Dr. Tammam Kelani, the President of Arab-Austrian Federation of Doctors and Pharmacists, who had just returned from Germany after participating in a Congress of the Federation of Arab Doctors in Europe. I was thinking to speak with him about the humanitarian conclusions from that congress, in which the participants declared the 28 March 2009 as a day of solidarity with the children of Gaza in all of Europe, and to write about the activities of his association in support of the Palestinians in Gaza affected by the Israeli criminality. But the conversation with the doctor turned out to be far more interesting than what I expected.
Dr. Kelani shocked and surprised me when he accidentally exposed the scandalous collusion of the EU with Israel to keep humanitarian volunteers and medical relief workers and resources donated by private organizations and individuals throughout Europe, out of Gaza. He related to me information which I believed only when he gave me several documents (reproduced below). When I first read these documents I was speechless, because the only allow the conclusion that the EU and its member states are not only passively looking the other way, what is bad enough, but that they are in active collusion with Israel to continue and even aggravate the misery of the Palestinians in Gaza, and that these governments are actively engaged in a campaign of intimidation against their own nationals should they decide to show solidarity with the Palestinian population in Gaza. If these are papers which are being made public, then I must ask, what machinations are being done in secret?
EU Scandalous Documents
The first document is a fax from the Czech Embassy to all other EU embassies in Cairo from 21 January 2009, where “the EU Presidency”, currently held by the Czech Republic, informs the other embassies that a) only “people seeking urgent medical assistance” would be allowed to leave Gaza, b) that the ministry of foreign affairs (of Egypt) would inform the embassies about the procedure to “facilitate the entry of its citizens (human rights observers, journalists, NGOs, medical and humanitarian assistance)”. In passing, the note mentions that “… the border crossing at Rafah has been damaged by military action …”. No, Ambassador Stasek, it was not destroyed by “military action”, it was destroyed in the course of grave crimes of war committed by the State of Israel against the Palestinians of Gaza!
The second document is a fax from the Czech Embassy in Cairo from 29 January 2009, informing all other EU embassies there, that after a meeting “with Javier Solana, Tony Blair and George Mitchell” the border at Rafah would only stay open until February 4, and that all EU citizens “need to be evacuated until that date”. The note also alludes to an unspecified but already known “entrance clearance procedure” for Gaza.
The third document facilitated to me is a copy of a form which the Austrian Embassy in Cairo requires its citizens to sign, and is apparently the key to the mysterious “entrance clearance procedure” for Gaza. It is a form which is apparently being distributed to all NGOs in Europe which would send volunteers to Gaza, apparently based on the “procedure” for access to gaza mentioned in the previous document. This short form reminded me of the extortive statements which the Israeli occupation always forced me to sign in order to be able to get my press card, or the continued attempts by the Israelis at Bet Agoron at extorting all Palestinians needing medical treatment or a travel permit into collaborating with them, but it is even worse in its potential implications.
The translation of this form into English is
I waive any and all claims of recourse against the Republic of Austria.
Based on the above and on previous information of the actions of Israel, the EU and Egypt, it appears to me that the roles in this game are clear: Egypt requires a “letter of recommendation” from an EU Embassy, and the Embassy requires the person willing to go to Gaza to sign away all their rights. Of course, Egypt looks bad and gets money and guns, the other participants in the charade send money and guns and look the other way, Israel gets away with murder and worse.
Dr. Kelani told me that he personally knows at least one case in which a person willing to give medical support in Gaza shied away from traveling due to this statement. Foreigners are traditionally welcome in Palestine, and foreign helpers even more so. Taking that in consideration, signing that statement means only that whoever goes to Gaza is fair game for the Israelis, and that if some Israeli murders them for the heck of it, as for example in the case of Tom Hurndall, or if they are abducted by the Israelis, the government in question does not need to be bothered with “causing problems” in Israel. But signing such a statement goes far beyond being sold out by ones own government, signing away ones human condition. It potentially allows the government in question to deny the undersigning person protection under the laws of the country, retirement money, or unemployment benefits, among other rights which are usually taken for granted as part of being the citizen of any country whatsoever.
Sign Away All Your Rights as a Citizen
I think that the ungrounded negative on part of the Egyptian authorities to allow people willing to help into Gaza is suspicious. It is a sign that either elements connected to Israel, or the EU (in this case Austrian) authorities are compiling and providing to Israel names people who should not be allowed into Gaza, and Israel in turn is passing them on to the Egyptians. The only purpose of not letting certain people into Gaza, apart from increasing the misery of the victims, would be to cover up the whole magnitude of the crimes of Israel, to keep people not directly connected with Arabs uninformed, because these doctors do wield far more influence than the doctors who are Arab immigrants, a possible danger to Israeli “support base” among the generally uninformed Europeans.
Questions to the EU
I would appreciate if anybody from any EU government takes the time to clarify all my questions, and I sincerely hope that I am wrong in my conclusions. I would equally appreciate if readers who understand something about laws could find out about the legality of the activities of these embassies. If possible, I ask that anybody who was hindered from going to Gaza without discernible grounds would let me know.
:: Article nr. 52060 sent on 14-nov-2009 06:17 ECT
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