The European Commission has published a list of 82 EU-funded projects in Palestine that have been destroyed as a result of Israeli action since 2001.
Stefan Fule, the European Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighbourhood Policy, says that the total cost of damage inflicted by Israeli armed forces on development projects amounted to €49.14 million. The estimated EU-funded share of the loss was €29.37 million.
Responding to a parliamentary question from Chris Davies, a British Liberal Democrat MEP, the Commissioner says that Israel has paid nothing by way of compensation for the damage, but claims that it would not be appropriate to divulge the content of discussions with Israel about such matters.
However, Davies claims that the European Commission has admitted in answers to his previous questions that the Israeli authorities do not even reply to letters from EU officials about the destruction of projects they have funded. He said:
“The EU is a close partner of Israel and although we condemn its illegal occupation of Palestinian land we should be able to expect more courteous treatment.“But Israel respects strength and the EU shows none. So long as we refuse to back up our words of condemnation with any sanctions we must expect to be treated with disregard and contempt.”
Also: see this download giving examples (from 2008 and 2009) of demonstrating Israel’s refusal even to respond to EU enquiries).