Deputy Prime Minister Petra De Sutter (Green) wants measures against Israel. “We cannot look away while children are killed every day in Gaza,” says De Sutter. That is why she calls for trade measures against Israel, but also for an investigation into the bombing of hospitals and refugee camps.
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The call for measures against Israel is becoming increasingly louder in our country. And sanctions are now also on the agenda for Deputy Prime Minister De Sutter. “It is time for sanctions against Israel. The rain of bombs is inhumane,” it said. “It is clear that Israel does not care about the international demands for a ceasefire.”
First of all, the Green minister wants the European Union’s association agreement with Israel to be immediately suspended. That treaty aims at better economic and political cooperation. “Taking into account the seriousness and urgency in the Palestinian territories, suspending the treaty with Israel is a measure that is only normal,” says De Sutter.
She also advocates an import ban on products from occupied Palestinian territories. There should also be an entry ban for violent settlers and for the politicians and soldiers responsible for war crimes. According to De Sutter, our country must allocate extra money for the International Criminal Court in The Hague. “There must be an investigation into the bombing of hospitals and refugee camps. This is war violence that is never acceptable.”
At the same time, De Sutter wants the money flows to Hamas to be dried up. “This is a terrorist organization. Terror costs money and there must be sanctions on the companies and people who provide Hamas with money. We must also keep repeating that they must release the hostages,” said the Deputy Prime Minister.
Without a fundamental solution, De Sutter fears that violence will continue to recur. That is why there must be a political solution that recognizes Palestine.