As organizations dedicated to the promotion and protection of human rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT), we are strongly concerned about the EU’s lack of commitment to human rights in light of what is essentially an intensification of bilateral relations with Israel.
A new report by Cambridge law professor James Crawford says that "there do not appear to be any EC laws which could be breached by a member state taking the decision to ban the import of settlement produce on public policy grounds."
The global campaign to boycott companies involved in Israeli settlements in Palestinian territories is spreading, according to advocates of this form of "non-violent resistance."
South Africa’s recent demand that products originating in Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank and Golan Heights remove the label "Made in Israel" is extremely significant - much more so than the European Union’s decision to deny these products preferential status and subject them to customs duty.
In late 2010, former trade minister Peter Van Loan announced that Canada and Israel would start exploratory talks to upgrade the Canada-Israel Free Trade Agreement (CIFTA). Earlier this year, the Ministry of International Trade finished public consultations and is now in internal discussions to implement the upgrades.
Last fall, the Conservative government announced plans to expand the Canada-Israel Free Trade Agreement (CIFTA), a set of policies that serves to further legitimize Israeli occupation and apartheid, and deepen Canadian corporate and state involvement in Israeli racism and colonialism.
L’automne dernier, le gouvernement conservateur a annoncé qu’il planifiait l’expansion de l’Accord de libre-échange Canada-Israël (ALÉCI), un ensemble de procédures qui servent à légitimer davantage l’occupation et l’apartheid israélien, et renforce la participation de certaines compagnies ainsi que du gouvernement canadien a la politique de racisme et de colonialisme prôné par Israël.
The Palestinian Authority signed a free trade agreement with the Mercosur trade group Tuesday during the organizations’ presidential summit in Uruguay.
Mercosur is expected to sign a free trade agreement with Palestine on the second day of the summit following a similar deal signed with Israel in 2007.
The European parliament Tuesday gave its green light to a deal enabling Palestinians to export farm and fish products directly to the European Union starting next year, without transit through Israel.
Foreign Ministers of the signatories to the Agadir free trade agreement (signed on February 25, 2004 and includes Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt and Jordan) agreed, Monday in New York, to Palestine’s membership of the grouping.
European Union lawmakers approved a plan to give the Palestinian Authority greater access to the EU food market in a bid to bolster the local economy and drive for statehood.
The rights of the Palestinian minority in Israel are not even mentioned in the "association agreement" between the EU and Israel
Under the leadership of Tony Blair and Catherine Ashton, the EU has increased its connection to Israel’s occupation of Palestine, says David Cronin
"We consider it simply inexplicable that such products still enjoy benefits under preferential trade agreements between the EU and Israel."
The European Union signed an agreement with the Palestinian Authority to import some Palestinian products duty free
The Palestinian Authority Cabinet on Tuesday instructed a committee to complete negotiations for economic cooperation with South American trade bloc Mercosur.
The Palestinian Authority has opened trade talks with Brazil, Argentina and other Latin American countries, in an effort to boost economic and political ties with the fast-growing Mercosur bloc.
We call on civil society organisations to pressure their governments to end free trade agreements (FTAs) with Israel, and implement an immediate arms embargo against it, as was called for previously by Amnesty International after Cast Lead
"La Commission européenne devrait proposer dans les prochains mois (aux pays de l’UE) d’accorder l’accès en franchise de droit et sans contingent aux exportations palestiniennes à destination de l’UE", a annoncé jeudi le commissaire européen chargé du Commerce Karel De Gucht.