The Israeli Knesset is mobilizing to stop EU aid from reachingÂ Palestinian prisoners or their families, under the pretext that they are â€śterroristsâ€ť or â€śfamilies of terrorists,â€ťÂ Israel HayomÂ reported on Friday.
According to the online newspaper, Zionist Union MK Ayelet Nahmias-Verbin, a member of the Diplomatic-Security Cabinet, is gathering support for the project; she has received the blessing of Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein and six other MKs from various factions so far.
â€śFigures we have collected show that, every month, some â‚¬4.5 million in EU funds are divided among those who carried out terrorist attacks against Israel and the families of terrorists,â€ť Nahmias-Verbin toldÂ Israel Hayom.
The Israeli MK, the newspaper said, had sent a letter to the new EU Ambassador to Israel, Emmanuel Joffre, briefing him about her project and its goals. She also asked for a meeting along with other MKs to discuss the issue.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has previously asked the Palestinian Authority to stop paying former prisoners and families of current prisoners, claiming that they are terrorists or families of terrorists.
Critics of the Israeli occupation have pointed out that while Israel calls Palestinian resistance fighters â€śterroristsâ€ť its government has recentlyÂ rewarded an Israeli soldier who shot dead an already wounded, motionless PalestinianÂ in Al-Khalil (Hebron), Days of Palestine reports.
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.