EU Called Upon to Prosecute Israel
The European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee petitioned the European Union “to help the International Criminal Court to prosecute Israel for war crimes” on Tuesday. In its resolution on EU-Palestinian relations, the committee condemned what it considered Israeli “war crimes and crimes against humanity” against Palestinians. It also considered Israeli security actions, including freezing Palestinian Authority funds in response to its policy of paying terrorists, as “punitive measures.” It also called for the release of “all political prisoners,” ironically meaning members of EU-designated terrorist organizations, including Hamas, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, and Palestinian Islamic Jihad.
The European Parliament has its understanding of Israel backwards. Instead of condemning internationally recognized terrorist organizations, it places the blame on the nation defending its citizens from those terrorists. Its accusations of Israeli war crimes are greatly exaggerated and reverse the roles of Israel and the organizations who exist to destroy the Jewish state. The EU has a responsibility to reject the terms of this resolution, or it will earn the label of a hypocrite.