EU causing suffering to Palestinian cancer patients to please Israel: Report
Authorities from the European Union (EU) are reportedly causing suffering to Palestinian cancer patients as part of a campaign to appease the Tel Aviv regime.
According to a report published by the online Electronic Intifada publication, the 27-member bloc has withheld a large proportion of funding provided to help support Palestinians living under Israeli military occupation – nearly $230m – under the pretext that Palestinian school textbooks need to undergo revisions and changes.
According to the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), the suspension of aid since last year is badly affecting critical sectors and paralyzing services, including healthcare in East al-Quds, where hospitals provide life-saving treatments to Palestinians from across the Occupied Territories.
“These restrictions punish terminally ill patients who cannot get life-saving medicine and force children to go hungry when parents cannot afford to buy food. Palestinians are paying the cruelest price for political decisions made in Brussels,” Jan Egeland, the NRC’s Secretary-General, said earlier this week.
The rights group highlighted that at least 500 cancer patients, diagnosed since last September, have been unable to access adequate, life-saving treatments at Augusta Victoria Hospital in occupied East al-Quds.
The Electronic Intifada went on to highlight that the EU’s anti-Palestinian political decisions appear largely to be the result of a campaign waged by Olivér Várhelyi, a senior official in the European Commission.
It said Várhelyi has been promoting Israel lobbyists’ lies that Palestinian school textbooks contain anti-Semitism and “glorify terrorism.”
The Electronic Intifada noted that the flat-out lies about Palestinian textbooks are part of a long-running disinformation campaign by the Israeli regime and its lobby groups in Brussels.
The campaign aims to promote the ludicrous claims that Palestinians are hostile to Israel not because it has brutally violated their most fundamental rights for decades, but because they are being brainwashed to hate Israel and Jews in their classrooms.
The outrageous claims are also a tool to constantly pressure the Palestinian Authority to collaborate even more with Israel.