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EU warns nation state bill could harm Israeli democracy

https://cdn.geezgo.com/ogzeeg.media/streams/1180845477_101_53_206_21_340_1531504462_gs_.jpg“The respect for human rights and fundamental principles are a key part of the EU-Israel partnership."
By Tovah Lazaroff


Israel’s nation state bill harms the country’s democracy, the European Union’s Ambassador to Israel Emanuele Giaufret warned on Friday.

Giaufret spoke out after Channel 2 reported Thursday evening that he had urged parliamentarians not to support the Knesset bill, which codifies the idea that Israel is the nation state of the Jewish people.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu then summoned Giaufret to the Foreign Ministry, which reprimanded him on Friday. No further action was taken.

Giaufret issued a general response to the media on the matter in which he said that all diplomats discuss a wide range of issues with their host countries, including with those country's politicians.

“The Jewish State bill did come up occasionally as part of these regular discussions” with Israeli parliamentarians, he said.

“How Israel chooses to define itself is an internal issue for Israel to decide, and we respect the internal debate which is ongoing,” Giaufret said.

“We value Israel’s commitment to the shared values of democracy and human rights, which has characterized our long-standing and fruitful relations. We in the EU would not want to see these values being put in question or even threatened. Democracy and equality, including equal rights for minorities, are key values that define our societies,” Giaufret said.



“The respect for human rights and fundamental principles are a key part of the EU-Israel partnership,” Giaufret said.

“We never used derogatory language in general and certainly not to define draft bills under discussion in the Knesset,” he added.

The EU has increasingly been at odds with Israel over its activities in the West Bank and Gaza, particularly its continued settlement building and its demolition of illegal Palestinian structures in Area C.

The EU has also urged Israel not to demolish the Palestinian Beduin village of Khan al-Ahmar, located on the edge of the Kfar Adumim settlement, a short distance away from Jerusalem.
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