09 May 2016

The EU’s Self-Defeating Aid Policy towards Palestine

Brigitte Herremans

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Author: Brigitte Herremans

Series: CEPS Policy Brief No. 343    No. of pp: 10 pp

Motivated by the dual aims of strengthening the Middle East Peace Process and contributing to Palestinian state-building, the European Union and its member states have been the biggest donors of financial assistance to the Palestinians. This CEPS Policy Brief finds, however, that these efforts have not achieved the desired change, as the EU failed to develop a coherent strategy to address Israel’s violations of international humanitarian law and it has accepted practices that undermine its political objectives. Hence, the author, Brigitte Herremans, argues that the aid has not contributed to a strong Palestinian government that can contribute to the security of both Palestinian and Israeli civilians. She calls upon the EU and its member states to take more measures to ensure that aid is received by people in need and that illegal practices on the part of Israel do not hamper its effectiveness.

Brigitte Herremans is Policy Officer for the Middle East, Broederlijk Delen – Pax Christi Flanders.