The European Union has slammed as “appalling” a video made by an Israeli settler group depicting the bloc’s ambassador to Tel Aviv as a cannibal murderer movie character.
The video, released by the group on Sunday, depicts Danish head of the EU delegation in Tel Aviv Lars Faaborg-Andersen as Hannibal Lecter, a cannibal character from the movie “The Silence of the Lambs.”
Its producers, the Jerusalem Periphery Forum, accused Faaborg-Andersen of undermining Israel by supporting and providing aid to Palestinians in the occupied West Bank.
“Resorting to personal threats and slander can never be justified, despite differences of opinion,” the EU said in a statement on Monday.
In the video, the Israeli group seemed to be referring to EU’s housing assistance to Palestinian and Bedouin encampments in the E1 area between East al-Quds (Jerusalem) and Ma’ale Adumim settlement.
The EU defended its assistance, saying it provides “humanitarian assistance to communities in need in the West Bank in accordance with the humanitarian imperative.”
“According to its obligations under international humanitarian law it’s actually Israel’s own responsibility as the Occupying Power to cater for the basic needs of the population in question,” the EU said.
More than half a million Israelis currently live in over 120 illegal settlement colonies on occupied territories.
In order to provide land for settlements, Israeli authorities have been carrying out forced evacuations against Bedouins, among other Palestinians, since 1949. The demolition of their housing structures is part of the regime’s massive land-grab policy.
The regime has also so far refused to recognize the rights of Palestinian Bedouins and denies them access to basic services. Human rights groups say the policy will lead to the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians living there.