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Report: EU considers barring violent settlers
Published Monday 26/11/2012 (updated) 27/11/2012 15:05
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Settlers pictured in the West Bank.(MaanImages/file)
TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma'an) -- The European Union is considering blocking violent Israeli settlers from entering member states, Israeli daily Haaretz reported Monday.

The EU's committee of Middle East experts is recommending a blacklist of "known violent settlers", a Western diplomat told Haaretz, although no official decision has been made.

The issue is expected to be discussed at an upcoming meeting of European foreign ministers, the daily reported.

In January, a report by EU consuls in East Jerusalem and Ramallah recommended that EU headquarters in Brussels compile a blacklist of violent settlers, although it was only addressed in October when a classified document of recommendations was submitted to a diplomatic-security committee responsible for preparing the agenda of EU foreign ministers' meetings.

"If settler violence is not dealt with preventively, it will increasingly obstruct efforts by both parties for solving the conflict," the document obtained by Haaretz said.

It further recommended that EU member states "could explore the possibilities of denying access of known violent settlers to the EU."

A source told Haaretz that several of the EU committee members toured the West Bank and Israel last week, primarily visiting Palestinian Authority areas in a visit described by Israel's foreign ministry as "unbalanced."

Israeli foreign ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor has not seen the document, but called the proposal to ban violent settlers as "inflammatory," given that Israel has not itself defined the settlers as violent.

"How will a person be defined as a 'violent settler' if he hasn't been convicted? And if he's been convicted, then Israel has brought him to justice," Palmor was quoted as saying by Haaretz.

Settlers in the West Bank routinely assault local Palestinians, destroying their property and agricultural land.

Despite the frequency of such incidents, Israel's legal system rarely prosecutes against settler violence.
1 ) Carlos / USA
26/11/2012 15:12
To Yigal Palmor, israel did not do its job of arresting and convicting violent settlers. Now the EU has to do it for israel. Rachel Corrie's murderer still walks free. The murderer of Egyptian civilians and POWs walks free and brags about his massacres. israel has so much room for improvement it needs alot of help. Soon the ICC will help to clean up israels leadership to. The murders of Gaza civilians should not and will not go unpunished. israel is the land of war criminals.

2 ) Sarah / Indonesia
26/11/2012 15:56
Seven thumbs up for you Carlos/USA for all I expected to say.

3 ) @ Carlos-1 / USA too
26/11/2012 16:14
1- You seem to feel that Jews who damage West Bank trees should be treated more harshly than Muslims who fire rockets at Israeli cities, which makes your an extreme racist.
2- Rachel Corrie was NOT murdered, and the ONLY "murders of Gaza civilians" were commited again by Muslims, after which some of their bodies were dragged/paraded through the streets, by "animals" riding motorbikes.
3- After the UN Bid, "the ICC will help clean up", but it is likely to focus on such Islamic War Crimies.

4 ) Julie / USA
26/11/2012 17:44
#3 - your version of the truth is nothing more than a sick, failed cartoon, that's your speed. it's not our problem you're incapable of crediting the world community with clarity and intelligence. you are truly unaware that all you've done is so obviously display your limitations. Carlos is always fair, balanced & insightful. so cry us a river, or get some warm milk & cookies and amuse yourself with non-violent cartoons to glean more hasbara from, you only impress yourself & other pro-zionazis.

5 ) John Bradford / UK
26/11/2012 19:18
The European Union should block all Israeli settlers from entering member states. Since they're only able to be settlers courtesy of the violent IDF, then all settlers are violent. While the EU's dealing with this, it should also block all Israelis from entering member states until Israel implements the many outstanding UN resolutions, until it conforms to the requirements of the Geneva Convention and until it signs the nuclear non-proliferation treaty.

6 ) Rudi / New Zealand
26/11/2012 20:58
This is an appropriate step to take as the actions of some of these settlers can only be described as terrorism of the worst kind.

7 ) One state / Solution
26/11/2012 21:14
There is no such thing as an Israeli settler. How can a person that has a legitimate right under international law to live on the land of their ancestors be called a settler? If Israelis are settlers on the ancient lands of Judea and Samaria, what does that make the majority of Palestinians who trace their ancestry back to Southern Jordan, Egypt and Syria? You should be working at ways to live together instead of promoting this apartheid Judenrein garbage.

8 ) r cummings / uk
26/11/2012 23:05
7): the UN, USA, EU, ICC etc etc have ALL defined Jews who have settled in the Occupied Territories as SETTLERS. This is because they all are signatories to the Geneva Conventions, which specifically PROHIBIT a military occupier settling their own people on occupied territory. Israel is doing no different from the Nazis really, they too cleared the indigenous people off occupied territory so that the master race could steal the land and expand its domain. That is why it is PROHIBITED today.

9 ) Martin Dublin / Ireland
27/11/2012 11:31
International Court of Justice ruling on settlements 9th July 2004
"the ICJ also found that "the Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (including East Jerusalem) have been established in breach of international law." [2] (Paras. 119-120)
On July 20, 2004, the UN General Assembly voted 150-6 to endorse the ICJ Opinion.

10 ) Colin Wright / USA
27/11/2012 20:52
To One State #7 'here is no such thing as an Israeli settler. How can a person that has a legitimate right under international law to live on the land of their ancestors be called a settler? ' First off, there is no such right. Secondly, what have Zionists to do with people who's ancestors lived in Palestine? Palestinians abroad would be the only group that would fit that definition. Are you supporting the right of return?

11 ) Edithann / USA
28/11/2012 06:17
I didn't see my last comment on this topic, WHY? Is there a quota you must follow? I'm sure you've gotten more then 10 comments. This is a very serious topic....What is the problem?

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