Bishops join call for UK to block EU privileges for Israel

By staff writers
January 6, 2009

Three Anglican bishops have joined over 200 public figures in a call for the UK government to act against the European Union extending further privileges to Israel while it remains in breach of international law. The current Gaza conflict is particularly cited.

The petition was published in the Guardian newspaper yesterday. The Church of England bishops signing are from the dioceses of Bath and Wells, Exeter and Winchester.

The petition, with full signatories, is below:

Despite the European Union's call for a ceasefire, the brutal Israeli bombing of Gaza continues. Nonetheless, the EU is preparing to upgrade its existing agreement to give Israel even more privileged access to European institutions.

In December, the council of ministers voted to support this upgrade, ignoring the fact that Israel was in breach of an “essential element” of the earlier agreement. This required states to respect “human rights and democratic principles, which guides their internal and international policy and constitutes an essential element of this agreement”. The proposed upgrade is even weaker and includes no obligations on Israel in respect of its illegal settlements, the illegal wall, and its repeated breaches of international human rights and international humanitarian law.

In view of the horrific events of the past days, we call on: 1) The UK government to revoke its support for any new agreements with Israel and for this to be communicated forthwith to the Czech presidency of the EU in advance of its meeting with the commission, and to the EU council of ministers 2) The European parliament to refuse to endorse any extension of existing agreements and to use its influence to prevent any upgrades of EU benefits to Israel until it abides by its international legal and humanitarian obligations.

Dr Daniele Albertazzi, Birmingham U
Ghassan Abu-Sitta
Dr Salah Abou-El-Fadl, Consultant Psychiatrist
Dr Arshin Adib-Moghaddam, SOAS
Navtej Singh Ahluwalia - Human Rights Lawyer
Professor Sultan Barakat, York U
Alexander Baker
Professor Mona Baker, Manchester Met U
Sylvia Baker
Daphna Baram
Chris Williams Barrister
Alastair Beaton, playwright
Hilary Belchak
Dr Susan Blackwell, Birmingham U
Lauren Booth, writer, Director Aloha Palestine
Tim Bowly
Professor Haim Bresheeth, UEL, film maker
Dr Patrick Boyd, medicine
Joan Burt
Andrea Becker
Professor Lawrence Bush, Lancaster U
Professor Oren Ben-Dor, Southampton U
Rt Hon Tony Benn
Melissa Benn, writer
*Sir Geoffrey Bindman, human rights lawyer
*Professor Bill Bowring, human rights lawyer, UCL
Victoria Brittain
Eileen E. Brown OBE
Richard Burden MP
Dr Chris Burns-Cox
Dr John Chalcraft LSE
Sylvia Cohen
Sarah Colborne Chair,PSC
Dr Neil Cooper, Bradford U
Jeremy Corbyn MP
Jean Carmichael
Mark Cazalet
Professor Stan Cohen, LSE
*Sir Iain Chalmers, medicine
Rebecca Chapman barrister
Professor Christine Chinkin International Law LSE
*Caryl Churchill playwright
Professor Greville Corbett, Surrey U
Magda Cross
Dr Paul Cobley, London MetropolitanU
Judith Collin
Julia Cutmore
Professor Tony Davies
Khaleel Desai, lawyer
*Professor the Lord Meghnad Desai, LSE
*Jenny Diski, writer
Professor Elizabeth Ettorre, Liverpool U
Mark Elf, JSF
Dr Sam Edwards
Stephen Ford
Roy George
Dr. Eileen Gergis
Arthur Goodman
*Prof Sir John Goody, Cambridge U anthropologist
Professor Penny Green Law King's Coll London
Jean Grudgings
Dr Ramez Ghazoul
*Blinne Ni Ghralaigh, barrister
Paul Gordon, psychotherapist
Professor John Gledhill
Ann Girling
Professor Mohamed El-Gomati, York U
Abe Hayeem, architect, Chair APJP
Lee Hall playwright
Kate Harrison. Solicitor
David Harries, social worker
Professor Kamel Hawwash, Birmingham U
Peter Herbert, barrister, Chair Society of Black Lawyers
*John Hilary, Director War on Want
Mike Hodges (film maker)*
Professor Ted Honderich, University College London
Keith Hammond
*Jeremy Hardy comedian
Galit Hess
George Hill
Richard Hudson, UCL
Betty Hunter Secretary PSC
Jocelyn Hurndall (mother of Tom Hurndall, killed after being shot in the
head in Gaza on 11 April 2003)
Sue Ingham
Dan Judelson, Secretary, EJJP
Dr Paula James, Open U
*Professor Steve Jones, University College London
*Dr Charles Jencks, architectural critic
Professor David Johnston, Queens University
Zina Jardaneh
Jane Jewell, founder, 14 Friends of Palestine
Professor Adah Kay
David Jones
Professor Ken Jones, Keele
Rosemary Jones
*Stephen Kamlish QC
Helen Kay
Dr Laleh Khalili, SOAS
Dr Paul Kelemen, Manchester U
Professor Richard Keeble, Lincoln U
*Salma Karmi-Ayyoub, barrister
Richard Kuper, JFJP
Dr Ghada Karmi, writer
Helen Kimble
*Michael Kustow, writer
David Lepper MP
Roger Lloyd Pack
*Rt Rev Michael Langrish, Bishop of Exeter
Dr Stephen Leah
Sonja Linden, playwright
Professor Yosefa Loshitzky
Dr Michael Loughlin
Dr Caroline Lucas MEP
*Daniel Machover Solicitor, Chair Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights
Professor Moshe Machover, LSE
Deborah Maccoby, ICAHD
Jehane Markham
Sonia Markham, counseller
Mike Marqusee, writer
Dr Su Metcalfe, Cambridge U
*Baroness Sue Miller, lib-dem spokesman on home affairs
Moira McDowall
Tom McVitie
Dr Michael Marten, Stirling U
Emeritus Professor Stanley Mitchell
Professor Marjory Mayo, Goldmiths U
*Mary Midgley, philosopher and writer
Annie Mitchell Clinical Psychologist, Plymouth U
Peter Quentin Morgan
Piers Mostyn, barrister
Kaveh Moussavi, Oxford U
Professor Martha Mundy, LSE
Rob Murthwaite, lecturer in law
Ali Nasralla
Ann Nazareth
Mary Nazzal-Batayneh
Diana Neslen
Ephraim Nimni, Queens U Belfast
Ken O'Keefe, Aloha Palestine
Declan Owens, Haldane Society
*Susie Orbach, psychotherapist
Professor David Pegg, York U
Professor Renos Papadopoulos, Essex U
John Page
Gail Parfitt -Women for peace
Sarah Perrigo Bradford U
Dr Terry Phillips
Liz Philipson, conflict analyst
Margo Picken
John Pilger, writer
Veronica Planton
Polly Pollock
Peter Poore
Dr Janet Powney
Alison Prager, ICAHD
*Bath &Wells Bish is Rt Rev Peter Price
Patricia Price-Tomes
Annabelle Purdi
Professor Dee Reynolds, Manchester U
Ripon Ray
Cllr. Dr. Rupert Read, Green Party
Dr Terry Robbins
Dr Brian Robinson
M. Robinson
Dr Paul Robinson, Psychiatrist
Ernest Rodker designer
Professor Margaret Rogers, Surrey U
*Emerita Professor Hilary Rose, Bradford U
*Professor Jacqueline Rose
Simon Rose
Emeritus Professor Steven Rose, Open U
Professor Barbara Rosenbaum, UCL
Professor Jonathan Rosenhead, LSE
*Leon Rosselson, musician
Profcssor Myriam Salama-Carr, Bradford U
Professor Donald Sassoon, Queen Mary, London
Colin Salmon, actor
Dr Gabriela Saldanha, Birmingham U
Professor Andrew Samuels, psychoanalyst
Sadat Sayeed, human rights barrister
Dr Amanda Sackur,London Metropolitan U
Sarah Scampton
*The Right Reverend Michael Scott-Joynt, Bishop of Winchester
Professor Richard Seaford, Exeter U
Professor Lynne Segal, Birkbeck Coll.
Professor David Seddon, UEA
Satish Sekar, writer
Professor Richard Sennett, LSE
Professor Avi Shlaim, Oxford U
Rt Hon. Clare Short MP
Professor David Slater, Loughborough U
Emeritus Professor Neil Smith UCL
*Roger Smith, director, Justice
*Ahdaf Soueif, writer
Hugh Southey, barrister
Dr Phyllis Starkey MP
Richard Stainton
*Mark Steel, comedian
Heather Stroud
Dr Derek Summerfield
Dr Marcelo Svirsky, Cardiff U
Professor Alan Thomas Swansea U
Rebecca Thorn musician
*Baroness Jenny Tonge
*Professor Peter Townsend, LSE
Professor Jules Townshend, Manchester Met U
Paul Troop human rights lawyer
Mandy Turner, Bradford U
Lisa Thorne, clinical psychologist
Leslie Thomas, barrister
Marc Vallee, photojournalist
Dr Charles Ward (medicine)
Greg Wilkinson
Dr Jeni Williams, Trinity College, Carmarthen
*Elizabeth Woodcraft, barrister
Dr David Worth
Professor Brian Wynne, Lancaster U
Dr Monica Wusteman, York U
Dr Gill Yudkin
Professor Nira Yuval-Davis, UEL
Roger van Zwanenburg, publisher
Hans von Sponeck, Former UN Coordinator for Iraq
Luisa Morgantini Vice President of the European Parliament
Dr Deulle Luski Aim, Tel Aviv U
Yafit Gamila Biso, Olive tree movement
Dr Uri Davis
Dr Rachel Giora
Neta Golan
Anat Matar, Tel-Aviv U
Rotem Mor
Rayna Moss
Dorothy Naor
Nurit Peled-Elhanan, Sakharov Prize 2001
Vlad Rivlin
Att. Lea Tsemel
Michael Warschawski
Dr David Wesley
Elana Wesley
Also 3 from Australia, 1 from Austria, 2 from Belgium, 2 from Canada, 1 from Croatia, 1 from Denmark, 3 from France, 4 from Germany, 1 from Ireland, 1 from Italy, 2 from Malta, 1 from Sweden, 21 from the USA (including Noam Chomsky) and 15 from unidentified locations. Asterisk indicates name published in the Guardian newspaper.

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