Israel has destroyed development projects in Palestine worth €49.2 million over the past decade, of which €29.4m were funded by the European Union or its member states, according to the European Commission.
The list is the most detailed information provided by the Commission to date on damage by Israeli attacks.
The figures were provided by Štefan Füle, the European commissioner for enlargement and neighbourhood policy, in response to a question from Chris Davies, a British Liberal MEP. Füle also provided a list of 82 projects damaged in Israeli attacks against the Gaza strip and the West Bank, of which the largest is Gaza airport, built with €9.5m in funding from Germany, Spain and Sweden, and destroyed in 2001-02.
Also in 2001, the Israeli Defence Forces destroyed camps used by Palestine’s civil police in the Gaza strip, built with €4.6m in funding from by the Commission.
Davies said: “As fast as the EU pays out, the Israelis reduce our efforts to rubble, or so it sometimes seems.”
“We should be able to expect better from a close partner like Israel,” he said, “but the EU refuses to apply any sanctions against Israel’s misbehaviour, so we will continue to be treated with disregard and contempt.”
In his response, Füle said: “Discreet démarches are often more effective than public announcements on such occasions.” He confirmed that the Commission had not received any compensation from Israel for the damage.
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