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EU Supports Economic Activity in Moroccan Occupied Territories

The Legal Forum for Israel pointing out double standards in the European Union.
Protesters against Morocco's occupation of Western Sahara accuse the international community of doing little to stop human rights abuses.

Protesters against Morocco's occupation of Western Sahara accuse the international community of doing little to stop human rights abuses.

The agreement which The European Union signed with Morocco on fisheries exploitation in their occupied territory provoked the fury of the specialists in the Legal Forum for Israel.

Recently, the head of the International action division in the legal Forum for Israel, Adv. and Ambassador (Ret.) Alan Baker and Prof. Eugene Kontorovich, member of the international action division, approached Dame Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the European Union (EU) for Foreign Affairs and the Foreign Ministers of the European Union.

According to them, the consent of the EU to exploit fishing resources in the sea in front of the area occupied by Morocco in Western Sahara raises serious questions about the conduct of the Union. The letter claims that “there is a blatant contradiction between the principles according to which the EU operates in the areas of Judea and Samaria, as opposed to their policy in the areas occupied by Morocco in Western Sahara.”

In a position paper written by Prof. Kontorovich, which was attached to the letter, it is made clear that: “The EU approved the expanding of the fishing area of Morocco to the sea area off the coast of Western Sahara in an agreement with Morocco. The area in question is occupied by Morocco who invaded Western Sahara in 1975. The approval was granted although no country in the world has approved of the occupation. The Security Council even demanded that Morocco withdraw from the area and this occupation is considered to be illegal.”

“Despite this situation, in the said agreement the EU recognizes Morocco’s right to exploit the natural resources in this area, and even defines the fishing authorization “in all areas which are ruled by Morocco “, with the understanding that this also includes the occupied territories.”

Prof. Kontorovich concludes that “the agreement is an example of the double- standard of the EU. While supposedly basing its’ conclusions on the principles of international law, the EU determines that Israeli presence in the territories of Judea and Samaria is illegitimate. Therefore the EU imposed sanctions and restrictions on trade and cooperation with Israeli institutions in Jewish settlements, while at the same time, despite the said principles, it encourages Morocco and cooperates with it in exploitation of the territory Morocco occupies.”

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5 Responses to “EU Supports Economic Activity in Moroccan Occupied Territories”

  1. Yechiel Baum says:

    The UN and the world also promotes the millions for the Turkish occupation of Kurdishstan,. Ironically, Morocco said they imposed fine to meet or do business with Israel yet it occupies Spanish Saharah. How two faced and hypocritical is that!

  2. When European companies are still exploiting African nations for their resources, they are in no position to rule or make statements on these issues. It's a conflict of the better interests to have colonial powers deciding the fates of countries they still wish to exploit. And how can they take such stands against the Israelis, who have more claims and roots to their HOMELAND than any European power had in any of their colonial lands? My guess is they think they'll get a discount on oil for betraying the Jews…again. Let them have their cheap oil and the fires that follow it. Let every man who's fueled their ambitions with innocent blood feel it.

  3. Sahara Marocain Belgique says:

    Unlike Israel No report of the Secretary General of UN, No resolution of Security Council, Any legal opinion say #Morocco is an occupant

  4. The State of Israel must explain to the European Union and to all nations that God gave to Israel all the Land of Canaan, which includes all the Palestine, as it is written in the Bible, in Genesis 12:6-7, 15:13-21, 17:1-8, 17:19, 26:1-5, 28:10-14 and 35:9-12 and Numbers 34:13-29 and Deuteronomy 3:8, and that Israel possessed that land since the year 1466 BCE, and that the Arabs invaded the Land of Israel (Palestine) in the year 635 CE, so that all the Palestine belongs to Israel, including the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, and the Arabs are invaders.

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