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EU Outrage Over Israeli Attack on International Humanitarian Aid Convoy in Palestine

21st Century Wire says…

Incredibly, August was meant to be the month where Israel and the Palestinians were due to resume peace talks, and then, as if by magic, and unexplained chemical weapons incident occurred in Damascus which effectively sidelined these much anticipate peace talks.

This past weekend, Israeli IDF soldiers raided an international diplomatic humanitarian convoy carrying much-needed aid and provisions for the oppressed native Bedouin Palestinian population in the West Bank. The attack included a physical assault on one French diplomat, prompting outrage from the EU.

The homeless Bedouins in the area are a product of the Israeli demolition of native villages, in order to cleanse the ethnic population, making room for a new expansion of illegal Israeli settlements in the area.

This latest Israeli assault on a humanitarian mission follows similar incidents, including an IDF attack on a humanitarian flotilla to Gaza, where IDF commandos boarded the an aid ship and proceeded to murder a number of the boat’s crew. The incident was ignored by US media and politicians.

Predictably, Washington, London, Paris and of course, the UN, are all but silent on this latest Israeli military attack against a peaceful mission. The double standard which applies to Israel in relation to international laws and norms continues…

RT reports…

European diplomats are holding Israel accountable over an incident where IDF servicemen attacked a EU humanitarian convoy in the West Bank on Friday. So far Tel Aviv has left the scandal in limbo, offering no official explanation for the incident.

Diplomats from several EU countries have spoken out against the shocking incident of harassing a person with diplomatic immunity, clearly awaiting some sort of official reaction from the state of Israel.

After disturbing photos of the French diplomat, Marion Fesneau-Castaing, spread on the ground with IDF soldiers standing around her hit international news, the scandal over hijacked EU aid to homeless Bedouins from demolished villages in the West Bank has gained momentum.

French diplomat Marion Fesneau-Castaing (C) lays on the ground after she was dragged out by Israeli soldiers from a truck loaded with supplies on September 20, 2013 on a road leading to the West Bank village of Khirbet al-Makhul. (AFP Photo)

“EU representatives have already contacted the Israeli authorities to demand an explanation and expressed their concern at the incident,” says a statement issued by the spokesmen for EU foreign policy, Catherine Ashton and Humanitarian Aid Commissioner, Kristalina Georgieva.

An EU official described the Israeli actions as “shocking and outrageous”, the BBC reported.

The British Consulate General in Jerusalem is “concerned at reports that the Israeli military authorities have prevented the affected community from receiving humanitarian assistance,” the consulate’s spokesman said.

“We have repeatedly made clear to the Israeli authorities our concerns over such demolitions, which we view as causing unnecessary suffering to ordinary Palestinians, as harmful to the peace process and contrary to international humanitarian law,” the spokesman added.

The Israeli authorities should “live up to their obligations as occupying power to protect those communities under their responsibility,” the UN Humanitarian Coordinator James Rawley said.

‘Illegal diplomatic activity’

The Israeli Foreign Ministry’s spokesperson, Paul Hirschson, has threatened to lodge a complaint over Marion Fesneau-Castaing’s actions, Agence France-Presse reported.

“If she did participate then a formal complaint will be filed because that is not the way diplomats behave,” he said.

A piece of footage has been circulating in the media showing Fesneau-Castaing striking an Israeli soldier in his face. The video has outraged the Israeli Foreign Ministry.

It issued a statement saying that Israel “rejects the one-sided announcement which was published by the spokespersons of HR Ashton and Commissioner Georgieva,” which “ignores the European diplomats’ blunt violation of the law, their disregard to a ruling of the Israeli court and their unnecessary provocation under the alleged pretext of humanitarian aid,” Israel National News reported.

The Israeli ministry demanded an explanation from European diplomats and governments for what it called a “blatant violation of diplomatic codes of conduct.” It added that Tel-Aviv will not “accept this misconduct.

On Saturday the EU ambassador in Israel called the Foreign Ministry Deputy Director-General for Europe, Rafi Shutz, demanding explanations regarding the IDF in the West Bank on Friday.

“What was done there by the European diplomats was a provocation,” said Shutz as quoted by the Haaretz.

Mr Shutz claimed that force against the female French diplomat was used because she slapped one of the soldiers. He also announced that the state of Israel is looking into allegations that foreign diplomats “abused their diplomatic privileges”.

Because Palestinian construction at the site of former Khirbet Al-Makhul village was ruled illegal by an Israeli court, the European diplomats were engaging in illegal activity, Shutz stated. He also pointed out that humanitarian aid to Palestinians should be delivered through the proper channels, coordinated with Israel.

The IDF explained the use of stun grenades during the incident, claiming that stones were thrown at security forces. Stun grenades were thrown directly into a group of European diplomats, aid workers and locals who were trying to deliver emergency aid to the residents of a demolished Palestinian village, Reuters reported.

On Friday a truck with EU humanitarian aid for the villagers of the demolished Khirbet Al-Makhul settlement was attacked by IDF personnel, who confiscated the truck and the payload. French diplomat Marion Fesneau-Castaing, who attempted to prevent confiscation of the aid, was pulled out of the truck and forced to the ground. The incident received wide international coverage.

Houses, stables and a kindergarten at Khirbet Al-Makhul village were demolished on Monday after a decision by Israel’s High Court, which ruled that villagers had illegal building permits. The villagers refused to leave the ruins saying they have been living on that land for generations.

The seizure incident of a truck carrying humanitarian aid has become yet another page in the row between Brussels and Tel Aviv. In July the EU announced it is going to stop all financial assistance to Israeli organizations operating in the occupied territories, starting from 2014.

The government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reacted angrily, denouncing the move as interference in Israel-Palestine relations and retaliated by blocking EU humanitarian aid to tens of thousands of Palestinians in the West Bank.

Israel and the Palestinian Autonomy remain in fruitless peace talks, with the major stumbling block being the ongoing construction of Jewish settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, occupied since the 1967 Middle East war…

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  • Essential Intel

    As usual lately, the talking points listed in this “alternative media” article converge once again with the globalist agenda, down to the letter. The “much anticipate peace talks” are the exclusive brainchild of Skull & Bones’ alumni John Kery of the Ghouta false flag infamy. On the one hand the author puts himself in the same camp with Bonesman John Kery , but on the other hand he’s whining that Kerry’s “Peace process” was disrupted by the very same false flag. The author recycles the claim that Eurocratic neo-colonialists have the right to break the law with “diplomatic” impunity (as they did in this case), which is a lie. They should butt out or suffer the consequences. The author also rehashes the discredited claim that the CIA-Muslim Brotherhood-Al Qaeda sponsored pirate flotilla to Gaza in 2010 had something to do with “humanitarian causes” – the classic Soros funded ‘responsibility to protect’ propaganda – even though he claimed a while ago that Erdoghan who orchestrated the flotilla, is an “Israeli agent”. The whole thing seems like something even Kurt Nimmo won’t publish.

    • Are you saying that this story did not happen?

      • Essential Intel

        It’s not a story, just a foul salad of globalist disinfo. Generally speaking, propaganda mongering of this kind doesn’t sit well with you. I just don’t understand why you do this instead of focusing on real news which you can certainly cover properly when you want to.

        • Freespirit

          “Essential Intel” I don’t see what you are stating or implying about Patrick. He is simply, in effect, if not in absolute, reporting an RT story. The worst I would ever accuse Patrick of, could POSSIBLY be a “wee bit” of “naivete”. I have NEVER gotten the impression Patrick is a “shill” or the like, for the Establishment/NWO/Globalists et al.

          • Essential Intel

            RT is the Kremlin’s propaganda machine and in many cases it mirrors the Soros open society institute (especially when “covering” Israeli affairs) . It’s certainly a mystery why Patrick is playing their game when he should be doing the opposite, at least in theory.

          • Freespirit

            That could be the “naivete” I speak of because I am aware of the RT purpose and function. Possibly he is just thinking
            ( wrongly and misguided,I believe) more exposure for his name. It is ,however, foolish to believe one can exert any control on the power structure ,without equal power . The result is NEVER good

  • Blacktiger

    As long as the brat is not brought under control, these criminal incidents will continue! Ever since USS Liberty was attacked taking oversight away from their dirty dealings in Palestine, Israel just takes a mile for every inch they are given. Israel does not care what the rest

    of the world thinks. EU, UN, stating their “concern” is totally laughable in their eyes. JUST LIKE THE BULLY KID IN THE SAND BOX, with hands on akimbo on their hips chanting “so what are you gonna do about”?

  • Freespirit

    The day of ISRAEL’S destruction is coming. Unfortunately innocent,caring, loving people in Israel are going to pay a terrible price for the ZIONIST evil. Isn’t that the way it always is and will continue to be UNTIL we IMPRISON those at the top of the “PYRAMID” who give the orders, such as the British and Dutch Royal Families, the Rothschilds, the Warburgs, Soros,Gates,the Vatican and others. MOST people reading this know of whom I talk. They are COWARDS and BARBARIANS who hide behind the names of their Stooges and Minions who DO their DIRTY WORK.

    • Name

      You just keep on fantasizing that muslim enabler.