February 20, 2019 /Â ByÂ Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC)
The EuroAsia Interconnector is projected to link electricity grids in Israel, Cyprus and Greece via the worldâs longest submarine power cable. Crucially, the Interconnector would connect Europeâs electricity grid with Israelâs grid that incorporates the illegal settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem (OPT), implicating Europe in Israelâs war crimes.
The Interconnector is explicitly defined as enabling âmulti-directionalâ and âbi-directional transmission of electricityâ, thus directly connecting Europe and the illegal Israeli settlements. Israel plans to use the Interconnector to export to Europe electricity produced from its controversial gas discoveries.
At a cost of âŹ3.5 billion, the projectâs stated aim is to end the energy isolation of Cyprus and Crete, linking them to the European network, and to create an âenergy bridge between the continents of Asia and Europe.â The project claims to enhance âfurther the three countriesâ geopolitical importance in regard to EU energy security and supply.â
Alongside the EuroAsia Interconnector, a subsea ultra high speed fiber-optic cable system will be laid to connect Israel, at one end, and Spain at the other, passing through Cyprus, Greece, Italy and France. The integration of the so-called Quantum cable in the EuroAsia Interconnector project was agreed at a Greece-Cyprus-Israel trilateral summit in June 2017 at a cost of $200 million and expected to go live in 2020. Laying of the Quantum cable will mean that 60% of the worldâs internet traffic – between Europe and Asia – will pass through Israel, raising serious concerns on security and civil rights.
The Israeli media recently revealed the deep involvement of Israelâs cyber-spying technology in helping âworld dictators hunt dissidents and gaysâ. An Israeli company, with full protection from the Israeli government, is accused of enabling the Saudi regimeâs tracking of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, eventually leading to his brutal murder.
Construction of the EuroAsia Interconnector is expected to start in June 2019 and end in December 2023.
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Chris Carlson is a student of religion at Mount Mercy University, United States, and has been a regular volunteer with the IMEMC since 2013. He assisted in providing extensive coverage of the 2014 Israeli military offensive on the Gaza Strip and continues, into the present day, with the issues at hand. He can be reached via email at c h r i s @ i m e m c . o r g.