To the heads of the European Union States
Published on: 2013-07-23 @ 16:51
To the heads of the European Union States
Distinguished French President Francois Holland,
Distinguished Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel,
Distinguished Great Britain Prime Minister David Cameron
Distinguished Heads of other EU states,
We, the undersigned, address you in connection to recent discriminative, assaulting, and unjustified decision of the European Commission to boycott Israel. We emphasize “Israel” instead of settlements since these were and are an integral part of Israel.
The main argument of the Commission’s decision is that the existence of Jewish settlements violates the international law and prevents the creation of the so-called “Palestinian state”, thus depriving Palestinian Arabs from their civil rights and prosperity.
We call you attention to the fact that both statements are completely false and the resolution of the EU commission presents in fact an outrageous anti-Semitic step irrespectively to the official claims and real intensions of its authors.
This resolution of EU commission is even more scandalous than the infamous UN resolution equaling Zionism and racism and without any doubt will have the same shameful fate. This resolution is an open help to supporters and ardent of terrorism that reminds infamous Munich agreements of 1938.
The rights of Jews to live in any part of former British Mandate Palestine is based on the League of Nation resolution dated back to 1922, validated by the UN resolution in 1944.
Nothing, except aggression of Arab states in 1948, 67 and 73 as well as corruption of Arafat and his followers who prefer to receive lavish help from your countries and to make personal fortune, prevented creating an Arab state in the former Palestine already long ago.
The juristic justification of the rights of the Jewish settlements in Judea and Samaria to exist was presented by numerous world acclaimed lawyers, experts in international law.
The political obstacles to create a “Palestinian state”, in fact the 23rd Arab country, from 1948 till now are well known to everybody who wants to know. The life of Arabs in the autonomy has no traces whatsoever of “suffering from occupation” and is incomparably better than the life of citizens of e.g. Egypt and Syria.
We rule out ignorance of the members of the EU commission. Rather we see in their resolution a desire to calm the Arab nationalists and their supporters all over the world. However, it is naïve and false to assume that Muslim extremists’ riots in, e.g. Paris or Stockholm, or “armed defense” of Prophet Mohammed’s dignity are consequences of Israel “occupation” of Judea and Samaria.
It is naïve and counterproductive to assume that by “selling” Israel to terrorists the European Union will guarantee its own security and stability. Most European countries “sold” their Jews, descendants of founders of European religion and culture, in the middle of the XX century. One should not forget the lessons of this tragedy, which was terrible not only for Jews but non-Jews also.
Feeding a crocodile only increases its appetite. We urge you immediately to dismiss the resolution of the EU commission. This resolution is more than a crime, it is a mistake. If it will not be dismissed now, it is you who will be accused by history, since this resolution will bring suffering to many people. The first of them will be the Palestinian Arabs.
Sincerely yours, Miron Ya Amusia, professor, doctor of physics and mathematics, Fellow of American Physical Society, A. von Humboldt price recipient, veteran of WWII, Israel and Russia.
Office of the President of
the Federal Republic of Germany
BERLIN, 24 February 2014
Prof. M. Ya. Amusia
Racah Institute of Physics
Dear Professor Amusia,
Thank you very much for your message of 10 February 2014 to Federal President Joachim Gauck. I have been asked to respond to you on his behalf.
You expressed your concern about the recently launched EU Research and Innovation programme “Horizon 2020″ and its agreements on grants and sponsorships from the European Commission in Israel.
After further negotiations on 26 November 2013, the EU and Israel reached an agreement on implementing the guidelines of the programme. Consequently Israel will now be able to participate in Horizon 2020, the new EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. The Federal President welcomes the pragmatic and constructive attitude demonstrated by the EU and Israel on this issue. The outcome of the negotiations respects the EU’s view of international law with regard to the Palestinian Territories while maintaining the close and successful research cooperation between the EU and Israel.
You may be interested to know that the guidelines referred to derive from the well-known stance the EU and the EU Member States have held for many years, under which no unilateral changes of the 1967 borders by Israel can be accepted. Contrary to your opinion, they do not therefore stem from a change of policy or position by the EU and its Member States towards Israel.
Federal President Gauck hopes, as you do, that the people in both Israel and the Palestinian Territories may soon benefit from a stable and equitable state of peace. He believes that such peace can only be found if two states – Israel and an independent Palestinian state – co-exist side by side. He therefore very much appreciates the initiative of US Secretary of State John Kerry to bring together representatives of Israel and the Palestinian Territories for substantial and constructive talks and dialogue.
I can assure you that President Gauck will, of course, focus his attention on all further developments in the Middle East. Whenever possible, he will himself make the most of opportunities to promote trust and tolerance as an essential basis for the further progress of the peace process.
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