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Stop Trade With Settlements

The EU opposes the annexation and considers the illegal settlements in the occupied territories as an obstacle to international peace and stability.

But even though illegal settlements are a war crime, the EU allows trade with them. This trade allows for profiting from annexation and contributes to the expansion of illegal settlements around the world.

We call for a European law that will put an end to trade with illegal settlements once and for all.

This law will apply to all occupied territories, including the occupied Palestinian territory and illegal Israeli settlements.

The law will also send a strong signal to the world that the EU will no longer reward territorial aggression with trade and profits.

Altrimenti participates in


A new European Citizens' Initiative which

aims to push the EU to ban trade with illegal settlements settlements

Embargo until February 20, 2022 at 7:00 am CET

  • More than 100 civil society organizations** are launching a campaign to get the signatures of one million European citizens to stop European trade with illegal settlements in the occupied territories.
  • An initiative for European legislation that will put an end to the illicit trade and profits from war crimes and human rights violations.

A European Citizens' Initiative ( ECI) is an official instrument for the democratic participation of citizens in EU policy-making.

If an ECI collects one million signatures from EU citizens over a 12-month period, the European Commission must examine and debate the petition's demands. 

This ECI demands European legislation that will make it illegal to trade with illegal settlements anywhere and anytime, including trade with Israel's illegal settlements in occupied Palestine.

The coalition calls on every European citizen concerned about human rights, social justice and fair trade to sign the petition.

This European citizens' initiative is led by the #StopSettlements coalitionThis European citizens' initiative is led by the European Coalition for Democracy and Development (ECD), which brings together leading civil society organizations in the field of human rights, environmental and social justice, trade unions and politicians to unite against the profits of annexation and occupation to protect human rights, fair trade and international peace.

Download the Press Release

Check out the informative video of our webinar with Michael Lynk, Clare Daly, Tom Moerenhout and Ann Kdair, held on May 21, 2020...

Support Coalition

We are a broad alliance of NGOs, people's movements, trade unions and politicians who unite against the profits of annexation and occupation to protect human rights, fair trade, social and environmental justice, and international peace and stability.

See all organisations within the civil society coalition here.


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