PALESTINE AID PACKAGE ‘TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE – MEP
GREEN Party Euro-MP Caroline Lucas has condemned an EU ‘emergency aid
package’ to Palestine as ‘too little, too late’.
The European Commission is discussing the details of a £70m ‘aid package’
with Palestinian and Israeli officials today after receiving the backing of
the other so-called ‘quartet’ members – Russia, the US and the UN - over
The deal is supposed to relieve hardship suffered since the EU halted
regular financial assistance payment after the election of a Hamas-led
government in January.
But no cash will change hands for at least a month, and none will be used to
pay the public sector workers – teachers, nurses and doctors – in the
front-line of the fight against an unfolding humanitarian crisis.
Dr Lucas, Green Party Principal Speaker and a member of the EU’s permanent
delegation to the occupied Palestinian Territories, said: “’This package is
simply not up to the job: it is too little, too late.
“Palestinian civilians are dying daily due to a lack of medicines – and
doctors to administer them. The EU must urgently resume full assistance
payments – with no strings attached – or face the fact that its decisions
leave us with Palestinian blood on all of our hands.”
Dr Lucas, a former EU election monitor in the West Bank, added: “We have
been demanding Palestinian democracy as a pre-condition for peace for years.
Now the Palestinian people have delivered, and voted for a Hamas government
in a free and fair election, it is completely unacceptable for the EU to
precipitate a humanitarian crisis in the occupied territories simply because
it doesn’t like the result.
“The EU’s refusal to acknowledge and accept the results of a democratic
election is a completely unacceptable act of collective punishment against
the Palestinian people.”