[News] Why is UNICEF a "proud supporter" of Israeli settlements?
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Tue Apr 9 18:43:54 EDT 2019
Why is UNICEF a "proud supporter" of Israeli settlements?
Ali Abunimah <https://electronicintifada.net/people/ali-abunimah> - 9
UNICEF is sponsoring a major EU-financed project to link Israeli
settlements to Europe’s electricity grid.
The United Nations children’s agency is listed
<https://www.euroasia-interconnector.com/> among the “proud supporters”
of the EuroAsia Interconnector, a project
<https://www.euroasia-interconnector.com/at-glance/> to build a
1,000-mile subsea cable linking the European electricity grid with
Israel via Greece and Cyprus.
This means that Israel’s settlements in the occupied West Bank,
including East Jerusalem, and Syria’s Golan Heights – all illegal under
international law – would be linked to the European network
and would benefit from Israel’s ability to trade electricity through the
When completed, the system will also allow Israel to sell electricity
produced from gas extracted from Mediterranean fields that are the
subject of international disputes involving Israel, the Palestinians and
. at UNICEF <https://twitter.com/UNICEF?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw> Israel’s
settlements are war crimes and they violate the human rights of
Drop your “proud support” for EuroAsia Interconnector, the
electricity cable linking Israel’s illegal settlements to Europe.
— BDS movement (@BDSmovement) April 8, 2019
“This multi-billion euro project rewards Israel for its war crimes while
Palestinians are being kept in the dark,” the Palestinian Boycott,
Divestment and Sanctions National Committee (BNC) said in an action
alert this week urging the public to tell UNICEF to drop its support for
“Israel’s siege on Gaza limits electricity to just a few hours per day
for close to two million Palestinians living there,” the action alert
states. “Israel has repeatedly demolished Palestinian solar energy
installations in the occupied West Bank, the only source of energy for
Many of the Palestinian energy projects destroyed by Israel were funded
by the EU
Crimes against children
The BNC notes that UNICEF’s slogan is “For every child, hope,” and that
the UN organization “has widely documented how Israel’s illegal
settlements deny Palestinian children their basic human rights and any
hope for a future of justice, peace and dignity.”
Yet UNICEF is “supporting an electricity cable to these colonial
settlements, granting them recognition, money and infrastructure so they
flourish,” the BNC states.
Israel’s systematic abuse of Palestinian children includes military
detention and torture
in the West Bank.
And in Gaza, a UN independent commission of inquiry recently called for
of Israelis involved in alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity
including the intentional killing of children during Great March of
Return <https://electronicintifada.net/tags/great-march-return> protests.
With a budget of $4 billion
by the European Union, the EuroAsia Interconnector has received a
from the Trump administration, which recently granted US recognition
to Israel’s illegal annexation of the Golan Heights.
“By financing the interconnector and connecting Europe’s electricity
grid with Israel’s, the EU and member states would provide direct
support to Israel’s illegal settlements in violation of their legal
obligations and commitments,” the BNC states in a recent briefing
on the project.
The BNC, a broad-based Palestinian civil society coalition, is demanding
that the EU withdraw tenders and financing related to the Israel-Cyprus
electricity link, conduct a credible human rights assessment of the
EuroAsia Interconnector and warn companies and investors of legal and
other risks of involving themselves in Israeli gas and electricity projects.
Risk to citizens’ privacy
The BNC is also warning of a risk to citizens’ privacy in relation to a
side project of the EuroAsia Interconnector, the so-called Quantum
cable, a fiber-optic line that will run from Spain to Israel.
“Laying of the Quantum cable will mean that 60 percent
<https://www.quantum-cable.com/> of the world’s internet traffic –
between Europe and Asia – will pass through Israel, raising serious
concerns on security and civil rights,” according to the BNC.
Israel has a well-documented record of cyberspying and subterfuge
capabilities that its intelligence agencies and firms deploy against
advocates for Palestinian human rights
or market to other repressive regimes
such as Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
“The EU’s support for the EuroAsia Interconnector and Israeli gas export
to Europe stands in stark contrast with Israel’s systematic assault on
Palestinian human rights, energy sources and supply,” the BNC adds.
While UNICEF’s open support for Israel’s criminal activities is out of
keeping with its mission and mandate, the EU’s complicity is typical of
the bloc’s long-standing policy of rewarding Israel
for its violations in spite of European lip service to peace, human
rights and international law.
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