• Transform! Brussels discussion
  • EU, Israel And Palestine: What Alternatives? A Challenge For The Left

  • Since 1967, Israel has occupied the West Bank, the Easter part of Jerusalem and the Syrian Golan. After withdrawing from the Gaza Strip in 2005, Tsahal still controls its land, sea and air borders. The continuing colonization of the occupied Palestinian Territories, as well as the judaisation of Jerusalem – considered since 1980 by the Knesset as the “eternal and united” capital of Israel- make the perspective of a sovereign Palestinian state on the 1967 borders highly unlikely. These repeated violations of international law didn’t prevent the EU of forging ever- closer ties with the Jewish State. First, we will have a close look at the key steps of the EU-Israel partnership and the dilemma it causes regarding the European human rights standards. Then, we will discuss the role of the EU in the peace process and think together about recommendations to address the EU so that it can play a more efficient role in promoting a fair and sustainable peace between Israelis and Palestinians. The outcome of our discussion will be presented to the European Left Party on the occasion of the Summer University (3-6 July in Porto)


Presentation by Kasia Lemanska (Researcher at the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network) and Paul Delmotte (Professor of International Politics at the IHECS Brussels).

With the presence of Maite Mola (Vice-Chairperson of the European Left Party).

Moderator: Maxime Benatouil (Transform! Europe)