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EU subsidies for drone terror – take action to end EU support for Israel’s arms companies

Send a letter to Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, asking her to take concrete action to assure that Israeli arms companies do not receive subsidies from European taxpayers.

War on Want published a report“Killer Drones” that exposes UK and EU complicity in Israel’s crimes against the Palestinian people.

Israeli arms companies benefit enormously from European Union public funds.The EU’s Framework Research Programme is the biggest single research and development budget in the world. The FP7 programme (2007-2013) has a budget of €51 billion; the upcoming programme, Horizon 2020 (2014-2020), will have between €70 and €80 billion, with €2 billion earmarked for security research.1

Israeli organisations are involved in the European Security Research Programme, participating in 46 projects. No other non-European country is involved in so many projects. Marcel Shaton, General Director of Israel-Europe Research and Development Directorate, stated:“From the perspective of the Framework Programme, Israel is part of the European continent.”2

Both Elbit and Israel Aerospace Industries participate in the programme. Beyond drone technology, both are involved in different ways in the occupation of Palestinian territories, notably by supplying technology for the Apartheid Wall.

Elbit is a partner in 5 EU projects (3 of which are ongoing) funded by the European taxpayer, totalling €29.2 million. Israel Aerospace Industries participates in 25 EU projects (10 of which are ongoing), totalling €215 million. Israel Aerospace Industries is a partner in the EU-funded OPARUS (Open Architecture for UAV-based Surveillance Systems) project, receiving an EU subsidy of €11.88m for the development of drones. Other OPARUS partners include BAE Systems (UK), Dassault (France), EADS (pan-European) and Thales (France).

In 2004, the International Court of Justice held that international law places obligations not only on Israel but also on other states.These obligations include not providing support in maintaining the situation created by an unlawful act in occupied Palestinian territory, and ensuring that any impediment to the exercise of the Palestinian people of their right to self-determination is brought to an end.3 The EU must abide by international law by ceasing to provide generous grants to Israeli companies involved in violations of international law and human rights.

Read the article on eccpalestine.org  (ECCP - The European Coordination of Committees and Associations for Palestine)

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