Europe Leaders Call for Ceasefire in Gaza, Increasing Pressure on Israel as Humanitarian Situation Deteriorates

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

European leaders met in Brussels at the end of the week to call for a ceasefire in Gaza. They urged both Israel and Hamas to stop the conflict that has been ongoing for nearly six months. The summit’s joint announcement highlighted the importance of UNRWA’s work in Gaza, despite Israeli demands to dismantle the organization. Germany played a key role in removing its opposition to a harsher version of the ceasefire, which was supported by other pro-Israeli countries like Austria and Hungary. This shift puts more pressure on Israel, especially with potential military operations in Rafah looming.

In addition to calling for a ceasefire, European leaders also emphasized 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.

The shift in Europe’s stance towards Israel is largely due to growing concerns about Israel’s actions in the region and deteriorating humanitarian situation 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.

Norway’s Wealth Fund is one such organization that has reevaluated 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. This trend reflects growing international scrutiny of Israel’s actions in Palestine territories, raising questions about its standing

European leaders met in Brussels at the end of the week to call for a ceasefire in Gaza. They urged both Israel and Hamas to stop the conflict that has been ongoing for nearly six months. The summit’s joint announcement highlighted the importance of UNRWA’s work in Gaza, despite Israeli demands to dismantle the organization.…

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