Wednesday, May 23, 2012

EU: Stone-throwing is 'non-violent protest'

Dr. Aaron Lerner of IMRA read the following and had a legitimate question of the EU'S heads:

The spokesperson of Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the Commission, issued the following statement today:

"The High Representative is very concerned by the conviction of Bassem Tamimi in an Israeli military court on 20 May 2012 on charges of taking part in illegal demonstrations and of soliciting protesters to throw stones.  The EU considers Bassem Tamimi to be a 'human rights defender' committed to non-violent protest against the expansion of an Israeli settlement on lands belonging to his West Bank village of Nabi Saleh. The EU attended all court
hearings in his case and is concerned at the use of evidence based on the testimony of a minor who was interrogated in violation of his rights. The EU believes that everyone should be able to exercise their legitimate right to protest in a non-violent manner."

And here is what Aaron wrote:

The EU doesn't deny that Bassem Tamimi engaged in soliciting protesters to throw stones.  And the EU doesn't take a stand against stone throwing.

Question:  Does the EU consider stone throwing to fall within the
classification of "non-violent protest"?

What would you reply?

Would you like to query the people at the EU?


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