On 5 April 2012, The Rights Forum, an organisation headed by former Dutch Prime Minister Dries van Agt, leaked an EU report on settler violence against Palestinians that had previously been blocked by the government of the Netherlands. The report, drafted by the EU heads of Mission in Jerusalem and Ramallah, was issued in April 2011 and updated in February 2012. In the report, the EU heads of Mission:
The EU heads of Mission further state that Israel has “so far failed to effectively protect the Palestinian population.” They urge the Israeli authorities to respect their obligations under international humanitarian law and human rights law to protect Palestinians, calling for accountability for perpetrators and for a more effective law enforcement to curb all forms of settler violence. There is a further recommendation that EU member states should consider including violent settler leaders and those calling for violent acts against Palestinians on travel watch lists.
The leaking of this report only serves to highlight that the EU is fully aware of the circumstances on the ground in the West Bank and East Jerusalem that are making any chance of a resolution based on a genuine two state solution, impossible. However, the recommendations put forward by the Heads of Missions will, on any realistic view of the situation, be wholly ineffectual. This then raises the question: at what point does this obvious lack of effective action amount to complicity, or merely appeasement?