Ensure that UNICEF has the facts right about Israel’s policies in Judea, Samaria and Gaza, and encourage the UN children’s fund to maintain its support for an important electricity project.
The EuroAsia Interconnector Ltd. is the official project developer for the European Union of a 2,000-megawatt electricity interconnector between Israel and Europe via Cyprus and Greece.
In a statement, the developer says that the EuroAsia Interconnector is a leading European Project of Common Interest (PCI), labeled as a European Union “electricity highway” connecting the national electricity grids of Israel, Cyprus and, Greece through a subsea cable. It bridges Asia and Europe by creating a reliable alternative route for the transfer of electric energy to and from Europe, says the company.
However, UNICEF is under pressure from an entity which calls itself the Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) to drop its support of the project.
BDS is an acronym for boycott, divestment and sanctions movement promoted by anti-Israel activists.
In its call on UNICEF, the BNC spreads lies about Israel, writing that “this multi-billion euro project rewards Israel for its war crimes while Palestinians are being kept in the dark. Israel’s siege on Gaza limits electricity to just a few hours per day for close to two million Palestinians living there. Israel has repeatedly demolished Palestinian solar energy installations in the occupied West Bank, the only source of energy for many communities.”
In spreading accusations of war crimes against Israel, the BNC’s arguments are factually incorrect. The Jewish State has actually been working with the UN to improve living conditions of Arabs living in the Gaza Strip who are themselves under the control of the Hamas terror group. Israel faces terror attacks both from Gaza, from where it withdrew in 2005, and from the “West Bank” (Judea and Samaria), where the ruling Palestinian Authority encourages individuals to become terrorists through financial incentives and incitement.
BNC harps on UNICEF’s role in helping children around the world, saying that “the organization has widely documented how Israel’s illegal settlements deny Palestinian children their basic human right.” The well-documented truth, however, is that Israel goes beyond the requirements of international law in ensuring that innocent civilians, adults and children alike, are not harmed in counterterror activity.
On the other hand, Palestinian terrorists have been documented as using innocent adults and children as human shields to fend off Israeli acts of self-defense.
Thank UNICEF for serving as a “proud supporter” of the EuroAsia Interconnector project and urge it not to succumb to BDS lies!
Tel. UNICEF headquarters in the U.S.: 1-212-686-5522