On Tuesday the EU imposed a ban on giving aid to Israeli companies and institutions that are operating in the occupied territories of the Golan Heights, the West Bank and East Jerusalem.
As you can expect many Israeli Zionists voiced their outrage that other nations would find their illegal settlement building to be, well…. illegal, and so wanted nothing to do with it. All the usual accusations were thrown around – including, interfering in the peace process ( what peace process? ) and the standard claim of anti-Semitism. Amusingly one pro Zionist voice claimed this EU ban was a bad idea because it would make the Palestinians suffer.
PA officials approach EU, saying that Palestinian laborers are going to lose their livelihoods as a result of the decision to exclude settlement enterprises from future cooperative agreements • Leading manufacturer calls move illegitimate and harmful.
This is quite a new tactic from apologists of the settlement program. They are trying to argue that by hurting them, anyone who refuses to deal with Israeli occupiers are actually hurting the Palestinians more by depriving them of much-needed menial jobs working for their Israeli masters.
“It must be understood that the Arab side is also going to be harmed by this directive. Indeed, a generous portion of the labor in Judea and Samaria is Palestinian,
and lead to widespread layoffs of Palestinians laborers working in Judea and Samaria industrial zones
Of course this is where the argument breaks down. Because what the Israelis are really saying is that they like being able to use the Palestinian people like landless serfs for cheap labour. An effective EU ban would mean a massive lose in profits with the aim of forcing the companies back into Israels pre 1967 borders where they maybe will not have such an easy access to cheap labour ( though I doubt that ) Their cries of care for their Palestinian neighbours rings so hollow, they are just pissed that they will be losing “commodities”
Now ask any Palestinian whether they would prefer the “security” that goes with a seriously low paid menial job working for their occupiers OR the chance of working on that very same land but as the rightful inheritors of land that has been in their people’s possession for generations before the occupation.
I think we all know what the answer to that would be.