EU turns blind eye to Palestinian citizens in Israel http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article11905.shtml
The EU's unwillingness to address the treatment of Palestinians within Israel was exposed in a February report published by Adalah, a human rights organization based in Haifa, and the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network ("EU and the Palestinian Arab Minority in Israel"). It noted that the rights of the Palestinian minority in Israel are not even mentioned in the "association agreement" between the EU and Israel that came into effect in 2000 and sets out the main contractual basis of relations between the two sides.That omission was partly compensated for by an "action plan" on Israel approved by top-level EU representatives in 2005. The plan listed minority rights as one of the topics which the European Commission (the EU's executive) and Israel were prepared to hold discussions.
While Brussels officials appear to be monitoring the situation facing the Palestinian minority in Israel, "the Commission's language has neither consistently hardened nor softened over the years," the February report says. "The EU is not willing to compromise its relationship with Israel," Nathalie Tocci, the report's author, told me. "This means it's unwilling to recognize Israel as not being a democracy. It is ready to criticize Israel's democratic deficiencies -- regarding human and minority rights -- but would view these problems as analogous to those within some European countries too."