Audio: David Cronin on ‘Palestine, Israel and the EU’
On Tuesday 26th July 2011, Irish author, journalist and activist David Cronin gave a talk on the subject of ‘Palestine, Israel and the EU: How the European Union aids Israeli occupation and human rights abuses’. A crowd of around 50 people packed into the Pearse Centre to listen to the lecture, hosted by the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign.
If you were unable to make it along, you can listen to an audio recording of the talk here:
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About the meeting:
In official statements, the EU presents itself as an honest broker in the Middle East. In reality, however, the EU and its member states have been engaged in a process of accommodating the Israeli occupation of Palestine. A recent agreement for “more intense, more fruitful, more influential co-operation” between the EU and Israel has meant that Israel has become an EU member state in all but name.
However, rather than using this relationship to pressure Israel to end its human rights abuses, the EU has legitimised actions such as the ill-treatment of prisoners and the Gaza massacre, while granting the Apartheid State preferential trading status and funding opportunities, and purchasing military items ‘battle-tested’ on the Palestinian people. The Greek government’s grounding of Freedom Flotilla II is just the latest outcome of this increasingly close “special relationship”.
David Cronin is the author of the explosive book Europe’s alliance with Israel: Aiding the Occupation, a journalist with many online and print publications, and the man who has attempted to make citizen’s arrests of both Tony Blair and Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman. David’s website is http://dvcronin.blogspot.com/