European Union

Enforcing EU Hizbollah ban ‘will be tough’

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 25, 2013

The European Union decision this week to designate the military wing of Hizbollah a terror organisation was the culmination of a lengthy campaigns by the UK, Israel and the US.

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EU bans Hizbollah’s military arm

By Josh Jackman, July 22, 2013

Hizbollah’s military wing has been designated as a terrorist organisation by the European Union.

In a vote today, EU members unanimously approved the motion after Britain brought it before the body for a third time.

Foreign Secretary William Hague said that by taking this decision, “the EU has sent a clear message that it stands united against terrorism.”

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Britain denies Hamas claims about ‘secret talks’

By Bernard Josephs, July 19, 2013

Claims from Gaza that EU governments, including Britain, are keen to build backchannel ties with Hamas have been strongly denied in London and treated with scepticism in Israel.

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EU set to discuss Hizbollah ban this week

By Bernard Josephs, July 18, 2013

Talks aimed at adding the military wing of the Iran-backed Hizbollah militia to the EU’s list of terrorist organisations are to take place at the European foreign ministers’ meeting in Brussels on Monday. The move is strongly backed by Britain. A Foreign Office official said that evidence of terror attacks by Hizbollah’s military wing was “compelling”.

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UK pushed for more exacting EU guidelines on Israel

By Orlando Radice, July 18, 2013

It has emerged that during the EU discussions over its new guidelines prohibiting the provision of funds to Israeli organisations with operations beyond the Green Line, the UK suggested that the instruction should apply to every Israeli citizen living in settlements.

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How the newspapers got this story so wrong

By Judy Keiner, July 18, 2013

A remarkable amount of misreporting accompanied the news that the EU had announced a new “directive” on its funding of Israeli institutions.

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So what exactly is a boycott?

By Orlando Radice, July 18, 2013

There is deep concern within the Israeli government that new European Union guidelines on funding for organisations that operate beyond the Green Line will open the door to a widespread boycott of the country’s academic and educational institutions.

This runs contrary to the view of the EU, which believes the move will have a minimal impact on Israel.

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EU issues new guidelines on deals with Israel

By Zoe Winograd, July 16, 2013

The European Union has come up with a new policy on giving “funding, co-operation, and the granting of scholarships, research grants and prizes” to groups and individuals in the West Bank or East Jerusalem.

The guidelines, which were released on June 30 and take effect this Friday, say that any such agreements between EU countries and Israel must exclude the settlements.

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Decision on EU Hizbollah ban still ‘months away’

By Josh Jackman, June 28, 2013

The European Union may wait until late 2013 to take a third vote on whether to classify Hizbollah as a terrorist organisation.

The Lebanon-based newspaper The Daily Star reported that the Italian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Lapo Pistelli said a decision would not be made for “at least five [or] six months”.

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EU Syria row ‘scuppering Hizbollah ban’

By Josh Jackman, June 28, 2013

The European Union’s refusal to classify Hizbollah as a terrorist organisation may be due to a backlash from the divisive discussions over lifting the Syrian arms embargo.

Britain’s motion to have Hizbollah banned in Europe is supported by France, Germany and the Netherlands but was rejected for a second time last week.

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