The EU and the Middle East

ACT Alliance EU works towards achieving a just peace that ends the occupation of Palestine. This comprises ensuring accountability for serious violations of international law and guaranteeing viable statehood for all.

Our advocacy was a pioneer in addressing the failures of the EU and its member States to pursue their contractual relations with Israel and Palestine in accordance with international law. We also actively advocate for the end of the forcible transfer of Palestinians within the West Bank and work to ensure that humanitarian needs of Palestinians are met in a consistent, timely and principled manner.

Last, but not least, we call on the EU to support the establishment of accountability mechanisms that put an end to the prevailing climate of impunity.

Our work is informed and reinforced by the contributions of over 100 local partners and from cooperation with other advocacy organisations in Europe.

The EU, with its Member States, is Israel’s largest trading partner and the biggest donor to the Palestinian Authority and the Palestinians.  Moreover, both parties have privileged economic and political relations in the framework of their respective Association Agreements with the EU. With their integration in the European Neighborhood Policy, the level of ambition of these relationships depends on the extent to which common values (incl. democracy and human rights, rule of law, good governance) are shared.

ACT Alliance EU advocates for the EU to condition any progress of its bilateral relations with Israel on improved compliance with IHL and IHRL in the occupied territory and for the EU to ensure respect for international law in its contractual relations with the parties to the conflict.

ACT Alliance EU also calls on the EU to speak up on the increasingly hostile climate towards human rights organisations and continued efforts to infringe on the freedoms of association and expression by public authorities in Israel and Palestine

Featured Resources

ACT Alliance EU and EMHRN Letter to Member States on shrinking space for civil society in Israel and Palestine

ACT Alliance EU and EMHRN call on the EU react to the increasingly hostile public and political climate towards anti-occ... Read More

ACT Alliance EU (formerly APRODEV) and EMHRN report on "EU-Israel relations: promoting and ensuring respect for interna...

In this report, ACT Alliance EU the EU unveiled that the EU was not conducting its contractual relations with Israel in... Read More


Joint statement by ACT Alliance EU, Oxfam and CIDSE

ACT Alliance EU, Oxfam and CIDSE have issued a joint statement ahead of the EU-Israel Association Council meeting on Oct... Read More

EMHRN Statement on the review of the European Neighbourhood Policy

Our colleagues from EuroMed Rights deeply regret that the review of the European Neighborhood Policy is a step back on p... Read More