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Statement by European Jews for a Just Peace

Paris, 22 May 2004

We, European citizens from ten European countries gathered in Paris for a meeting of the organisation European Jews for a Just Peace, condemn in the strongest possible terms the Israeli governmentís policies in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, and especially in Rafah. Many of its actions amount to war crimes under the Fourth Geneva Convention.

We express our support for those forces in Israel actively opposing the occupation and showing their solidarity day-by-day with Palestinians suffering under the Israeli army onslaught. We express our solidarity with the Palestinian people in general, suffering intolerable repression and hardship.

We call on the European Union and European governments generally to put pressure on Israel to call off its war against the Palestinian people. In particular, we reaffirm our opposition to the special privileges Israel enjoys under the EU-Israel Association Agreement, while it is in breach of the human-rights foundations of that agreement. We call on the European Union and European governments to participate in an international peace-keeping force to intervene to stop the bloodshed.

EJJP Executive Committee
Liliane Cordova (France)
Dror Feiler (Sweden)
Sveva Haertter (Italy)
Richard Kuper (United Kingdom)
Daniela Vorburger (Switzerland)
Max Wieselmann (the Netherlands)

EJJP is a federation of 16 Jewish organisations in ten European countries