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European Leaders Urge Immediate Ceasefire in Gaza: A Turning Point for Israel’s International Standing?

BySamantha Johnson

Mar 25, 2024
Growing anti-Israel sentiment in Europe: The shift towards divesting and recognizing a Palestinian state

The European Union’s leaders met in Brussels and called for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza. They urged both Israel and Hamas to stop the conflict that has been going on for almost six months. Germany played a key role in changing its stance on a harsher version of the ceasefire, supported by other pro-Israeli countries like Austria and Hungary. This shift puts more pressure on Israel, especially with a potential military operation in Rafah looming.

The joint European announcement emphasized the importance of UNRWA’s work in Gaza despite Israeli demands to dismantle the organization. It also highlighted the need to avoid invading Rafah, release Israeli hostages held by Hamas, and increase humanitarian aid to the region. Pro-Palestinian countries in the European Union held a separate meeting during the summit to discuss recognizing a Palestinian state unilaterally.

Europe’s stance towards Israel is changing due to growing concerns about Israel’s actions in the region and deteriorating humanitarian conditions in Gaza. Many European countries have halted arms exports to Israel and are considering suspending association agreements with the country. Non-governmental organizations are also calling for an end to European funding of Israeli defense companies involved in drone development.

In Scandinavia and Nordic countries, the situation is even more challenging for Israel as The Norwegian Wealth Fund, one of the largest investment bodies in the world, is reevaluating its holdings in international and Israeli companies following the conflict in Gaza. The fund has previously divested from Israeli companies involved in activities deemed unethical and is now investigating companies that sell weapons to Israel for use in Gaza. Overall, Europe’s political decisions and civil society actions are increasingly turning against Israel with potential repercussions for investments and trade relationships.

The shift reflects a broader trend of growing international scrutiny of Israel’s actions in Palestine territories raises questions about its standing global community.

By Samantha Johnson

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