Around Europe 355 February – March 2014

The February-March edition of our monthly newsletter. Deputy Representative Andrew Lane talks about the EU’s reversion to militarism. Programme Assistant Rebecca Viney-Wood discusses freedom of the press in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. Chris Diskin writes about a sunset clause for TTIP and Alexandra Bosbeer reminds us of the importance of … More…

Die Diskrepanz zwischen Rhetorik und den realen Gegebenheiten verringern

Martina Weitsch, ehemalige Beauftragte des Quäkerrats für Europäische Angelegenheiten (QCEA), analysiert die Bedeutung der neuen Richtlinien der EU hinsichtlich finanzieller Unterstützung israelischer Firmen und Institutionen und ruft zur Aktion auf. Am 19. Juli 2013 brachte die EU neue Richtlinien “bezüglich der Förderungswürdigkeit israelischer juristischer Personen und Firmen, hinsichtlich ihrer Aktivitäten, … More…

Around Europe 352 – August/September 2013

Preview_for_Website JPEGIn this issue of Around Europe QCEA Intern Annie Schulz discusses hate speech in European Union Member States. Associate Professor in Risk Management and Community Resilience, and Swedish Quaker Per Becker writes about how national identity and political elites have influenced the involvement in conflicts. Former QCEA Representative Martina Weitsch describes the recent EU guidelines on eligibility for funding of entities registered outside Israel’s 1967 borders. There is also a book review by Programme Assistant Bethany Squire.

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Around Europe 350 – April/May 2013

img-aroundeurope-aprilmay-2013In this issue of Around Europe Programme Assistant Chris Venables introduces QCEA’s work on the militarisation of the European Union. He outlines some of the changes that have taken place over the last 15 years in EU military structures. Programme Assistant Imogen Parker in an article called ‘Torture and Terror in Europe’ describes the involvement of European countries in the torture of terror suspects. Outgoing Representative Gordon Matthews asks if the EU can help to revive the Middle East peace process.

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Video: Rami Levy Supermarkets in the West Bank

QCEA is pleased to present a new short-film looking at the role of the Rami Levy supermarkets in the West Bank. For more information, please see the accompanying post on our blog.

Rami Levy stores have been springing up across the West Bank for several years now. Israeli businesses have been providing services to the settlements for decades but there is something different about these supermarkets. Rami Levy stores are located just outside the settlements, drawing both Israeli and Palestinian customers from the area.

In these shiny, well-stocked supermarkets, Palestinians and Israelis shop side by side. Families and individuals from both sides of this 60-year conflict encounter “the other” as they roam the aisles searching out the best deals.

On the superficial level, the integration of both communities in the economic forum of a supermarket is a positive development, especially at a time when separation (or even apartheid) policies are becoming the norm. The best way to break down the pernicious stereotypes which fuel hatred and fear and which are sadly deeply entrenched in this conflict is for Palestinians and Israelis to actually meet each other. In a supermarket, shoppers are all there with the same objective; finding good products at good prices. Politics are not part of the equation.

But is this really the case? The argument that economics and politics are separate, unconnected spheres is a fallacy which has been disproved time and time again, in many places and contexts. How do Rami Levy stores affect the social, economic and political dynamics of the West Bank on a deeper level?

Want to know more? Read the post on our blog.

Around Europe 345 – September 2012

In this edition of Around Europe QCEA Joint Representative Martina Weitsch discusses what we can learn from Europe’s history of peacebuilding – in light of the European Union (EU) winning the Nobel Prize it’s a very interesting article indeed. Liz Scurfield gives us an update on developments within the Council of Europe on alternatives to imprisonment, and a brief description of recent changes in the EU-Israel relationship.

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We try as often as we can and when opportunities present themselves to make Around Europe available in other languages. Martina Weitsch’s article, ‘Europe: A Peace Process or a Peace Project?’ which appeared in this month’s edition is available in French in PDF by clicking here.

Briefing paper: EU Trade with Israeli Settlements

The EU plays a significant economic role in both Israel and Palestine. QCEA are currently working for an import ban on EU trade with Israeli settlements as we are aware that settlement produce is routinely mislabeled to gain access to the EU market at preferential tax rates reserved for Israeli goods within … More…

QCEA welcomes the postponement of the Dutch – Israeli Cooperation Council

QCEA welcomes the announcement on 29th May that the Netherlands has frozen the  Dutch-Israeli Cooperation Council, which was due to be inaugrated on 7th June 2012. We are concerned, however, that the Netherlands still intends to establish this Council as stated by Foreign Minister Uri Rosenthal. QCEA has sent a … More…

Strong Reservations on the Dutch – Israeli Cooperation Council: An Open Letter to the Dutch Government

QCEA is deeply concerned by the intention of the current Dutch Government to intensify bilateral relations with Israel through the Dutch-Israeli Cooperation Council, which is due to be signed on 7th June 2012. These increased links conflict with the EU position on the Middle East Peace Process, as clearly stated … More…

Around Europe 340 – March 2012

Israel’s Supreme Court Adapts International Law in West Bank Quarrying ruling; A View of the EU Budget through Green-Tinted Spectacles; Continued Cognitive Dissonance in EU Energy Effort; Democracy under stress: The global crisis and beyond; Apology and Correction

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Deutsche Ausgabe – März 2012

Israels Oberster Gerichtshof passt Internationales Recht den Gesetzen zum Gesteinsabbruch im West jordanland an.

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