Another EU document has harsh words for Israel

May 15, 2012 22:07


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For the second day in a row the European Union issued a document that had some harsh words for Israel, saying a spate of "potentially discriminatory or even anti-democratic bills" were tabled in the Knesset, and blasting Jerusalem for not prosecuting those responsible for settler violence.

The criticism came in an annual document summarizing the political, economic and security situation in Israel as part of the EU's review of its partnership with other countries known as the European Neighborhood Policy.

Regarding the Knesset bills the EU deems problematic, the report stated that while the democratic process ensured that many of the bills would not become law, "their number, and the scant effort made by their proponents to hide the fact that they were intended to benefit or target specific individuals or organizations, is worrying.

These bills tend to antagonize relations with the Arab minority, complicate the space in which civil society organizations of one side of the political spectrum operate, attempt to rein in the Supreme Court and potentially infringe on the freedom of speech."

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