World Bulletin / News Desk
The European Union has issued a binding directive to the 28 member states forbidding any funding, cooperation, awarding of scholarships, research funds or prizes to institutions or people residing in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights, reported EJP.
The directive was reportedly sent out on June 30.
The EU directive reportedly extends to “all funding, cooperation, and the granting of scholarships, research grants and prizes” to Israeli entities in East Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Golan Heights.
It also requires that any contracts between EU member countries and Israel henceforth include a clause stating that East Jerusalem and the West Bank are not part of the State of Israel, a senior Israeli official told Haaretz newspaper.
The new directive, which was initiated in December by the EU Foreign Ministers, is “in conformity with the EU’s longstanding position that Israeli settlements are illegal under international law and with the non-recognition by the EU of Israel’s sovereignty over the occupied territories, irrespective of their legal status under domestic Israeli law,” the EU said.
The statement called for full implementation of existing EU legislations and bilateral arrangements applicable to settlement products.
Europe has long opposed much of Israel’s policy in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, and in March EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton was the latest to call for implementing the labeling of products from the settlements for sale in Europe.
‘’Settlements are illegal under international law and threaten to make a two-state solution impossible,’’ she has repeatedly stated.Güncelleme Tarihi: 16 Temmuz 2013, 16:53