• OPEN THE DOORS !

    Israel must end the Gaza blockade, end all killings, and enable Gaza to open to the world, so as to guarantee the possibility of a viable economy, and improve the humanitarian situation.

    The Palestinians must end all attacks against Israel and the Israelis.

    Human beings are not bargaining chips.

    Accordingly : 

    The Israelis, who hold some six thousand Palestinian prisoners in their jails, must urgently release a significant group of women prisoners, sick persons, the youngest and longest-serving among them, along with those held under administrative detention and other arbitrary procedures – including all the elected members of the Palestinian legislature.*

     

    * Additional information: In exchange for the liberation of Gilad Shalit, 1,027 prisoners were released in 2011, including most of the women detained then, and 78 of the 104 among the longest-serving prisoners were released in 2013, leaving the last scheduled group of 26 behind bars.

    Since the attacks known as 'the Facebook Intifada' there has been a surge in the number of prisoners, from around 5,000 to some 6,000. 

    When this Campaign started in the spring of 2008, the number of prisoners was close to 9,000.  As the situation in blockaded Gaza has only worsened in time, the decision was taken in Brussels, in July 2014, to keep the original wording of the Campaign, as conceived in 2008 after the Gaza-Egypt Border Breach. It became evident in the winter of 2015-2016 that the wording of the second sentence had to be changed, the word "rocket" had to be removed, to include all forms of attacks by Palestinians against Israelis. The processing to all the signatories is ongoing. Most of the signatories gave their support between 2008 and 2014.

    In 2019, the elections brought the number of signatories down from 239 to 104.

    As of October, 20 2019, we are in a suspending process : what used to be a binary matter 'Israel vs. the Palestinians' has become a much more complex equation in the course of time. Also, the long psychodrama of the Brexit is keeping us all on the edge, as far as the European Union is concerned.

     

     

     

    104 Members of European Parliament  (+ 544 Former Members of the EP since 2008) (in grey the MEPs who left in 2019)

     

     

    Italy: Brando Benifei, Fabio Massimo Castaldo, Ignazio Corrao, Andrea Cozzolino, Rosa D'Amato, Paolo De Castro, Eleonora Evi, Laura Ferrara,  Piernicola Pedicini,  Patrizia Toia, Marco Zullo

    Marco Affronte, Daniela Aiuto, Laura Agea, Tiziana Beghin, Renata Briano,  Sergio CofferatiSilvia CostaLorenzo Fontana, Michela Giuffrida, Roberto Gualtieri, Giulia Moi, Pier Antonio Panzeri, Massimo PaolucciElly Schlein, Renato Soru, Barbara Spinelli, Dario TamburranoMarco Valli, Marco Zanni

     

    France :  Karima Delli,  Pascal Durand,  Sylvie Guillaume (Vice-President of the EP), Brice Hortefeux, Yannick Jadot, Younous Omarjee, Dominique Riquet, Michele Rivasi, Robert Rochefort,

     

    Eric Andrieu, Guillaume Balas, José Bové, Alain Cadec (Chair, Fisheries), Michel DantinJean-Paul DenanotNathalie Griesbeck Françoise Grossetête, Eva Joly, Patricia Lalonde, Alain Lamassoure, Jérôme Lavrilleux, Patrick Le Hyaric, Edouard Martin, Elisabeth Morin-Chartier,  Gilles Pargneaux, Vincent Peillon, Maurice Ponga, Christine Revault d'Allonnes Bonnefoy, Saïfi, Isabelle Thomas, Marie-Christine Vergiat  

     

    Germany : Klaus Buchner, Reinhard Hans Bütikofer, Christian Ehler, Cornelia Ernst, Evelyne Gebhardt, Sven Giegold,  Ska Keller,  Martina Michels, Norbert Neuser 

    Jan AlbrechtMichael Cramer, Thomas Händel (Chair, Employment and Social Affairs), Rebecca Harms (Co-President, Greens-EFA), Maria HeubuchJo Leinen, Barbara Lochbihler (Vice-Chair, Human Rights), Sabine Lösing, Gesine Meissner, Helmut Scholz, Renate Sommer, Kerstin Westphal, Joachim Zeller, Gabriele Zimmer (Chair GUE/NGL)

      

    Poland : Jerzy Buzek (former President of the EP), Ryszard Czarnecki (Vice-President of the EP),  Krzysztof Hetman, Danuta Hübner (Chair, Constitutional Affairs),  Jarosław Kalinowski, Bogusław Liberadzki (Quaestor), Elżbieta Łukacijewska, Jan Olbrycht, Róza Gräfin von Thun und Hohenstein

    Lidia Geringer de Oedenberg, Adam Gierek, Danuta JazłowieckaJarosław Wałęsa, Bogdan Brunon Wenta,  Janusz Wladyslaw Zemke, Tadeusz Zwiefka

     

    UK : Martina Anderson, Catherine Bearder (Quaestor), Jill EvansClaude Moraes, Molly Scott Cato, Alyn Smith, , Julie Ward

     

    Julie Girling, Mary Honeyball, Ian HudghtonSajjad Karim, Wajid Khan, Jean Lambert, Linda McAvan, David MartinCatherine Stihler, Keith Taylor, Derek Vaughan

     

    Spain : Izaskun Bilbao Barandica, Iratxe García Pérez, Eider Gardiazabal Rubial, Javier Nart, Maite Pagazaurtundúa Ruiz, Ernest Urtasun

    Ines Ayala SenderSantiago Fisas Ayxelà, Florent Marcellesi,  Josep-Maria Terricabras, Ramon Tremosa i Balcells

     

    Belgium : Pascal Arimont, Philippe Lamberts,  Marc Tarabella, Kathleen Van Brempt, Guy Verhofstadt (Chair, Liberals; former Prime Minister)

     

    Mark DemesmaekerGérard Deprez, Louis Michel, Claude Rolin, Bart Staes

     

    Romania :  Cristian-Silviu Buşoi, Marian-Jean Marinescu,   Renate WeberIuliu Winkler

    Victor BoştinaruMonica Luisa Macovei,  Csaba Sógor, Theodor Stolojan, Claudiu Ciprian Tănăsescu, Traian Ungureanu, Maria Gabriela Zoana

       

    Ireland :  Matt Carthy,  Luke “Ming” Flanagan,  Mairead McGuinness (Vice-President of the EP)  

    Lynn Boylan, Nessa Childers, Brian CrowleyMarian Harkin, Brian HayesLiadh Ní Riada

      

    Netherlands :  Bas Eickhout, Dennis de Jong, Esther de Lange

    Wim van de Camp, Anne-Marie MineurLambert van Nistelrooij, Judith Sargentini, Wim van de Camp

       

    Slovenia : Franc Bogović, Tanja Fajon, Milan Zver

    Alojz Peterle, Patricia Sulin, Ivo Vajgl

     

    Malta :  Miriam Dalli, Roberta Metsola,  Alfred Sant

    Marlene Mizzi, Francis Zammit Dimech

      

    Portugal :  José Inácio Faria,  Marisa Matias,  Carlos Zorrinho 

     Antonio Marinho e Pinto,  Sofia Ribeiro

     

    Greece : Dimitrios Papadimoulis (Vice-President of the EP), Maria Spyraki, Elissavet Vozemberg 

     Miltiadis Kyrkos

     

    Luxembourg :  Frank Engel, Charles Goerens

    Georges Bach, Claude Turmes 

     

    Slovakia : Monika Flašíková Benová

     

    Eduard Kukan, Vladimír Maňka, Miroslav Mikolášik, Monika Smolkova, Boris Zala

     

    Austria :  Othmar Karas (former Vice-President of the EP), Evelyn Regner

    Heinz Becker, Karin Kadenbach, Josef Weidenholzer  

      

    Lithuania :  Vilija BlinkevičiūtėViktor Uspaskich 

     

    Zigmantas BalčytisPaksasAlgirdas Saudargas

     

    Hungary :  Livia Jaroka (Vice-President of the EP); Ádám Kósa

     

    Benedek Jávor, Laszlo Tökés  (former Vice President of the EP)

     

    Denmark : Margrete Auken, Christel Schaldemose 

    Ole Christensen 

     

    Finland : Heidi Hautala, Sirpa Pietikaïnen 

    Liisa Jaakonsaari

      

    Sweden : Malin Björk

     

    Anna HedhOlle Ludvigsson, Jens Nilsson, Soraya Post, Marita Ulvskog

     

    Bulgaria :  Andrey Kovatchev (Quaestor)

    Svetoslav Hristov Malinov 

     

    Latvia : Sandra Kalniete 

    Krišjānis Kariņš

       

    Croatia : Ruža Tomašić

    Davor Škrlec

     

    Cyprus : 

     

    Takis Hadjigeorgiou, Demetris Papadakis, Neoklis Sylikiotis, Eleni Theocharous 

     

    Czech Republic : 

     

    Jirí Maštálka (former Quaestor), Pavel Poc

     

    Estonia :

    Indrek Tarand

     

     

    58 Nobel Laureates (+21 deceased since 2010) 

     

    12 Peace Nobel Laureates: Bishop Carlos Belo, President Jimmy Carter, the Dalaï Lama, Shirin Ebadi, Leymah Gbowee, John Hume, Mairead Maguire, Adolfo Pérez Esquivel, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Cora Weiss (UN Representative for ICP), Betty Williams, Jody Williams

     

    18 Chemistry Nobel Laureates : Peter Agre, Paul Berg, Thomas Cech, Martin Chalfie, Elias Corey, Paul Crutzen, Robert Curl, Johann Deisenhofer,  Richard Ernst, Gerhard Ertl, Alan Heeger, Dudley Herschbach, Roald Hoffmann, Robert Huber,  Yuan T. Lee, Jean-Marie Lehn, John PolanyiJohn Walker; John Fenn (deceased 2010), Sir Harold Kroto (deceased in 2016), Herbert Hauptman (deceased, 2011), William Lipscomb (deceased, 2011), Jens Skou (deceased 2018), Sir Aaron Klug (deceased 2018), Manfred Eigen (deceased 2019).

     

    12 Medicine Nobel Laureates : Mario Capecchi,  Martin Evans, Edmond Fischer,  Roger Guillemin, Louis Ignarro, Eric Kandel, Erwin Neher, Sir Paul Nurse, Richard Roberts, Jack Szostak, Torsten Wiesel, Harald zur Hausen;  Baruj Benacerraf (deceased 2010), Marshall Nirenberg (deceased 2010), Baruch Blumberg (deceased, 2011), E. Donnall Thomas (deceased 2012), Christian de Duve (deceased 2013), François Jacob (deceased 2013); Günter Blobel (deceased 2018), Arvid Carlsson (deceased 2018), Paul Greengard (deceased 2019).

     

    9 Physics Nobel Laureates : Albert Fert, John Hall, Brian Josephson, Tony Leggett, Douglas Osheroff, Jack Steinberger, Gerardus ‘t Hooft, Daniel Tsui, Martinus Veltman; Donald Glaser (deceased 2013),Leon Lederman (deceased 2018), Zhores Alferov (deceased 2019).

     

    4 Literature Nobel Laureates : John Coetzee, Elfriede Jelinek, Toni Morrison, Wole Soyinka; Dario Fo (deceased 2016)

     

    3 Economics Nobel Laureate : George Akerlof, Daniel Kahneman, Oliver Williamson; Sir James Mirrlees (deceased 2018).

     

     

     

    Others

     

    Yasmina Khadra, Noam Chomsky, Jean-Luc Godard, David Grossman, Satish Kumar, John Mayall, Hanna Siniora, Martin Gray (Warsaw Ghetto survivor, deceased 2016), Stéphane Hessel (observer of the editing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948; deceased, 2013), Franca Rame (deceased 2013), Michel Rocard (former French Prime Minister; deceased 2016), Amos Oz (deceased 2019).

     

     

     April 30, 2018

     

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