EP wants stricter supervision on subsidies for Palestine


European Union


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In a resolution adopted on Wednesday, the European Parliament called for stricter supervision on the contents of school books in Palestine. It also wants the "occupation of Palestinian territories" to end.

The Parliament adopted an amendment that calls for Palestinian schoolbooks to abide by United Nations standards. In case of violations, such as antisemitism or incitement to violence, subsidies for these schoolbooks must be withdrawn. MEP Bert-Jan Ruissen, from the Dutch Reformed SGP party, was surprised his amendment passed. "It shows once again that you can make a difference in the European Parliament as a one-man group."

Furthermore, the Parliament called for new peace talks between Israel and Palestine, while confirming its support for a two-state solution.

Although the so-called two-state solution enjoys majority support in Israeli polls, it is decreasing in popularity in Palestine. As of 2021, most Palestinians are against the two-state solution. A 2014 survey found that 60 per cent of Palestinians say the goal of their national movement should be "to work toward reclaiming all of historic Palestine from the river to the sea" compared to just 27 per cent who endorse the idea that they should work "to end the occupation of the West Bank and Gaza and achieve a two-state solution."



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