Since the Oslo Accords of 1993 and 1995 over $ 25 billion in donor aid went to Palestine. This is, per capita, one of the highest levels of aid in the world. Officially the funds are aimed towards the building of institutions of a future democratic, independent and viable Palestinian State, existing side by side and in peace with Israel. This mantra has been stated in thousands of documents and brochures since 1993. Traditionally, the EU is the biggest donor to the Palestinian territories.
But after 20 years the results are disastrous. The prospect of a Palestinian State is further away then ever, the situation in the Palestinian territories is in many respects worse than before Oslo: The economic situation is difficult, a quarter of the population lives in poverty, unemployment rate in the Westbank is at nearly 17%, in Gaza even at 43%, the highest in the world. Only 18% of the Westbank are under Palestinian control. And the amount of water that Palestinians can drill from their own water ressources today is less than 20 years ago. Despite billions of dollars in donor aid that went into the water sector.
Our film investigates development and aid projects in the occupied Palestinian territories and takes a close look at the role of the EU in the Middle East. Payer, no player? That’s an often heard saying in Palestine when it comes to the EU, even within diplomatic circles.
“Put an end to European hypocrisy”, demands Miguel Moratinos in our film, former EU Special Representative for the Middle East Peace Process. Otherwise very soon it will be too late and we will have missed the great opportunity of peace.