EU condemns ‘Israeli incitement’ against it

A European Union (EU) spokesperson for the EU ambassador to Israel Lars Faaborg-Andersen told Arutz Sheva on Monday he was shocked by a recent video made by nationalist activists, which took aim at Faaborg-Andersen for rampant EU-funded illegal Arab construction.

The video by the Jerusalem Periphery Forum portrayed the EU official wearing the face muzzle of Hannibal Lecter, the cannibalistic serial killer from the film Silence of the Lambs, and called to "restrain him."

The EU spokesperson, David Chris, told Arutz Sheva the video was made by "a group of settlers," and called it a "shocking video. Despite differences of opinion one must never justify threats and personal slandering."

"Flinging the accusation that the (European) Union supports terror is very serious," said Chris, commenting on the contents of the video that linked the EU backing of illegal Arab land grabs with the creation of a "terror state."

"We appreciate the swift condemnation by the Israeli government and believe that the authorities in Israel will take the appropriate steps."

Turning his attention to the EU's illegal construction for Arab residents of Judea and Samaria, he said the EU "provides humanitarian aid to needy communities in the West Bank in accordance with humanitarian orders. The aid includes shelter for people who otherwise are left without a roof."

"In practice, Israel has the responsibility – as the occupying force, and in accordance with its obligations according to the framework of international humanitarian law – to provide the basic needs of the population."

Chris concluded by saying, "even if Israel itself does not provide aid, it must agree and ease the giving of international help, and give direct access for humanitarian aid."

Much of the illegal construction conducted by the EU without permits has been in the myriad of regions designated as Area C in the 1994 Oslo Accords, which were to be under full Israeli administrative control. The EU itself signed off on the Oslo Accords.

Source: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/208693

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