Dr Charles Tannock

Member of the European Parliament for London

Alternative Hearing at The Hague

24th February 2004

Alongside the Israel barrier case being heard at the International Court of Justice (ICJ), a tribunal will take place of victims of Palestinian terrorism and their relatives today. Eighteen Israelis will give evidence at the hearing, organised by the CIDI, the Israel Centre of Information and Documentation.

A cross-party group of MEPs will ask questions and conclude the hearing with a statement on Palestinian terrorism.

Charles Tannock MEP, Conservative Spokesman on Foreign Affairs in the European Parliament, is taking part in the tribunal. He said:

"The meeting in The Hague today is an attempt to draw the world's attention to the suffering of the victims of suicide bombers. The ICJ hearing appears heavily loaded against Israel by the question posed. It will undermine the roadmap and adds nothing to the peace process.

It has long been alleged that EU funding has been diverted to fund terrorism. Recent papers appear to confirm suspicions that some of this funding has been used by the militant al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, part of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's Fatah faction, which has claimed responsibility for the recent suicide bombing in Jerusalem."