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The European Commission “immediately” suspended all humanitarian aid payments to Palestine this Monday, as a consequence of the rise in “brutal terrorism against Israel,” the European Commissioner for Enlargement announced. Oliver Varhelyi.
Brussels will also review the entire development policy towards Palestine, Varhelyi stated 691 million euros as well as the new budget proposals for this year 2023. “We cannot continue as usual,” said the commissioner in a message on the social network X.
Varhelyi called for “addressing the foundations of peace, tolerance and coexistence” in the Middle East region, adding that “incitement to hatred, violence and glorification of terror They have poisoned the minds of many people.
Brussels has decided to suspend humanitarian aid to Palestine, despite ensuring that it has mechanisms to verify that the funds don’t end up in the hands of organizations such as the Islamist group Hamas, which he considers terrorist.
The Commission’s announcement came on the eve of an extraordinary meeting that the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs, Joseph Borrell, is calling tomorrow afternoon with community ministers.
A meeting is to be held in a mixed form where some ministers will participate via videoconference and others in person, taking advantage of Borrell’s trip to Oman to address the EU’s relationship with the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf.