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Europe Funding Illegal Israeli Lab

Critics are shaming the European Commission for directing research funds to a laboratory operating in the occupied West Bank.

By | January 23, 2012

image: Europe Funding Illegal Israeli Lab A Palestinian boy and Israeli soldier in front of the Israeli West Bank BarrierJustin McIntosh

A Palestinian boy and Israeli soldier in front of the Israeli West Bank BarrierJUSTIN MCINTOSH

The European Commission should stop funding a research project coordinated by the United Kingdom's Natural History Museum (NHM) because of the involvement of an Israeli laboratory that operates in the occupied Palestinian West Bank, according to a letter written by more than 20 British scientists and other public figures. The 5-year, €5.19 million project, called NanoReTox, began in 2008 and is seeking to elucidate the environmental and health impacts of nanoparticles used in cosmetic products.

"We find it almost inconceivable that a national institution of the status of the Natural History Museum should have put itself in this position," wrote the authors of the letter, which was published in British paper The Independent last week. "We call on the museum to take immediate steps to terminate its involvement in NanoReTox and to establish safeguards that protect against any comparable entanglement."

The Israeli laboratory's corporate owner, a cosmetic company called Ahava Dead Sea Laboratories, is based in Tel Aviv but runs the lab in a West Bank settlement that runs afoul of international law. The International Court of Justice has ruled that all such Israeli settlements in the Palestinian West Bank violate the Fourth Geneva Convention, which states that an occupying power "shall not deport or transfer parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies."

"It should be brought to people's attention that the NHM of all organizations is very much tied up in a project that involves the exploitation of Palestinian resources," University of Southampton chemist and letter signatory Malcom Levitt, told Nature. Other NanoReTox participants include Kings College London, Imperial College, and the US Geological Survey.

According an NHM spokesperson, the European Commission and the museum failed to properly vet Ahava Dead Sea Laboratories when the lab was awarded more than €300,000 to perform analyses as part of the NanoReTox project. "When selecting research partners we focus on their scientific appropriateness, and because they were offered through a recognized European Commission channel, we did not investigate their background further," NHM spokesperson Chloe Kembery told Nature.

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Avatar of: shiffy_1

shiffy_1

Posts: 1

January 23, 2012

Your article is poorly researched. Under international law, the so-called West Bank is administered territory and no other country has a legal (or moral) claim to it.
Israel's administration of the area has led to  benefits both regional and international, inlcuding the present  scientific study, Titling the article "Illegal lab.. shows both ignorance bred by failing to do proper investigation, instead mouthing slogans,  and a distinct political bias which has no room in a scientific publication.

Avatar of: hlarmus

hlarmus

Posts: 5

January 23, 2012

Your headline about an Israeli lab in the West Bank demonstrates, at best, your anti-Israel bias and, at worst, something much more despicable.

Avatar of: PavelLn

PavelLn

Posts: 1

January 23, 2012

It would be better for scientific journals not to deep themselves into political issues dividing scientists instead of improving communications and understanding between researchers.

Avatar of: akoven

akoven

Posts: 1

January 23, 2012

Typical with many so-called British Intellectuals. Israel bashing... What about all the benefits these Palestinians derive from the studies. Jobs, food, shelter, clothing, money
etc.? This article has no business being in a scientific journal. Keep the politics out!

Avatar of: Michael Holloway

Michael Holloway

Posts: 36

January 23, 2012

Regardless of the political questions, the anti-Israel zeal in the English academic establishment is pure anti-semitism.  Their problem isn't with the West Bank, its with the very existance of Israel.

Avatar of: Esther Moscatel

Esther Moscatel

Posts: 1457

January 23, 2012

Please look at your sources, since this is a FP7 project,  and in it participate

Participants

INTRINSIQ MATERIALS LIMITED
UNITED KINGDOM


JRC -JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE- EUROPEAN COMMISSION
BELGIUM


ROSKILDE UNIVERSITET
DENMARK


UNIVERSITE CATHOLIQUE DE L OUEST ASSOCIATION SAINT YVES
FRANCE


UNIVERSITE DE NICE - SOPHIA ANTIPOLIS
FRANCE


DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR USA
UNITED STATES


AHAVA DEAD SEA LABORATORIES LTD
ISRAEL


UNIVERSITA DI PISA
ITALY


UNIVERSIDAD DEL PAIS VASCO/EUSKAL HERRIKO UNIBERTSITATEA
SPAIN


IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE
UNITED KINGDOM


KING'S COLLEGE LONDON
UNITED KINGDOM

http://cordis.europa.eu/fetch?...

This is disinformation and pervert manipulation of public opinion.

Besides, it Ahava is  sited in non-disputed territories. 

Avatar of: ipaul1

ipaul1

Posts: 2

January 23, 2012

The author of this article has failed to remain an objective reporter. He proclaims in the headline that the lab is "illegal" rather than stating that this is simply the claim of a handful of people who signed a letter.   Also, he twice uses the term "Palestinian West Bank" when it is well known that the West Bank is disputed territory that is the subject of ongoing negotiations between the Israeli and Palestinian negotiators. Science reporters should stick to the facts and not insert their own biases.

Avatar of: govt_mule

govt_mule

Posts: 1

January 23, 2012

Thank you for bringing this to the attention of the research community.  Your report is completely accurate* and appropriate, and I hope that protests are effective in removing support for this project.

*According to Wikipedia, Ahava laboratories is located in Mitzpe Shalem, "...founded  in 1970 as a Nahal settlement on land in the West Bank that Israel occupied after the 1967 Six-Day War.... Like all Israeli settlements in the Israeli-occupied territories, Mitzpe Shalem is considered illegal under international law, though Israeli disputes this. The international community considers Israeli settlements to violate the Fourth Geneva Convention's prohibition on the transfer of an occupying power's civilian population into occupied territory"

Avatar of:

Posts: 0

January 23, 2012

Your article is poorly researched. Under international law, the so-called West Bank is administered territory and no other country has a legal (or moral) claim to it.
Israel's administration of the area has led to  benefits both regional and international, inlcuding the present  scientific study, Titling the article "Illegal lab.. shows both ignorance bred by failing to do proper investigation, instead mouthing slogans,  and a distinct political bias which has no room in a scientific publication.

Avatar of:

Posts: 0

January 23, 2012

Your headline about an Israeli lab in the West Bank demonstrates, at best, your anti-Israel bias and, at worst, something much more despicable.

Avatar of:

Posts: 0

January 23, 2012

It would be better for scientific journals not to deep themselves into political issues dividing scientists instead of improving communications and understanding between researchers.

Avatar of:

Posts: 0

January 23, 2012

Typical with many so-called British Intellectuals. Israel bashing... What about all the benefits these Palestinians derive from the studies. Jobs, food, shelter, clothing, money
etc.? This article has no business being in a scientific journal. Keep the politics out!

Avatar of:

Posts: 0

January 23, 2012

Regardless of the political questions, the anti-Israel zeal in the English academic establishment is pure anti-semitism.  Their problem isn't with the West Bank, its with the very existance of Israel.

Avatar of:

Posts: 0

January 23, 2012

Please look at your sources, since this is a FP7 project,  and in it participate

Participants

INTRINSIQ MATERIALS LIMITED
UNITED KINGDOM


JRC -JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE- EUROPEAN COMMISSION
BELGIUM


ROSKILDE UNIVERSITET
DENMARK


UNIVERSITE CATHOLIQUE DE L OUEST ASSOCIATION SAINT YVES
FRANCE


UNIVERSITE DE NICE - SOPHIA ANTIPOLIS
FRANCE


DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR USA
UNITED STATES


AHAVA DEAD SEA LABORATORIES LTD
ISRAEL


UNIVERSITA DI PISA
ITALY


UNIVERSIDAD DEL PAIS VASCO/EUSKAL HERRIKO UNIBERTSITATEA
SPAIN


IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE
UNITED KINGDOM


KING'S COLLEGE LONDON
UNITED KINGDOM

http://cordis.europa.eu/fetch?...

This is disinformation and pervert manipulation of public opinion.

Besides, it Ahava is  sited in non-disputed territories. 

Avatar of:

Posts: 0

January 23, 2012

The author of this article has failed to remain an objective reporter. He proclaims in the headline that the lab is "illegal" rather than stating that this is simply the claim of a handful of people who signed a letter.   Also, he twice uses the term "Palestinian West Bank" when it is well known that the West Bank is disputed territory that is the subject of ongoing negotiations between the Israeli and Palestinian negotiators. Science reporters should stick to the facts and not insert their own biases.

Avatar of:

Posts: 0

January 23, 2012

Thank you for bringing this to the attention of the research community.  Your report is completely accurate* and appropriate, and I hope that protests are effective in removing support for this project.

*According to Wikipedia, Ahava laboratories is located in Mitzpe Shalem, "...founded  in 1970 as a Nahal settlement on land in the West Bank that Israel occupied after the 1967 Six-Day War.... Like all Israeli settlements in the Israeli-occupied territories, Mitzpe Shalem is considered illegal under international law, though Israeli disputes this. The international community considers Israeli settlements to violate the Fourth Geneva Convention's prohibition on the transfer of an occupying power's civilian population into occupied territory"

Avatar of:

Posts: 0

January 23, 2012

Your article is poorly researched. Under international law, the so-called West Bank is administered territory and no other country has a legal (or moral) claim to it.
Israel's administration of the area has led to  benefits both regional and international, inlcuding the present  scientific study, Titling the article "Illegal lab.. shows both ignorance bred by failing to do proper investigation, instead mouthing slogans,  and a distinct political bias which has no room in a scientific publication.

Avatar of:

Posts: 0

January 23, 2012

Your headline about an Israeli lab in the West Bank demonstrates, at best, your anti-Israel bias and, at worst, something much more despicable.

Avatar of:

Posts: 0

January 23, 2012

It would be better for scientific journals not to deep themselves into political issues dividing scientists instead of improving communications and understanding between researchers.

Avatar of:

Posts: 0

January 23, 2012

Typical with many so-called British Intellectuals. Israel bashing... What about all the benefits these Palestinians derive from the studies. Jobs, food, shelter, clothing, money
etc.? This article has no business being in a scientific journal. Keep the politics out!

Avatar of:

Posts: 0

January 23, 2012

Regardless of the political questions, the anti-Israel zeal in the English academic establishment is pure anti-semitism.  Their problem isn't with the West Bank, its with the very existance of Israel.

Avatar of:

Posts: 0

January 23, 2012

Please look at your sources, since this is a FP7 project,  and in it participate

Participants

INTRINSIQ MATERIALS LIMITED
UNITED KINGDOM


JRC -JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE- EUROPEAN COMMISSION
BELGIUM


ROSKILDE UNIVERSITET
DENMARK


UNIVERSITE CATHOLIQUE DE L OUEST ASSOCIATION SAINT YVES
FRANCE


UNIVERSITE DE NICE - SOPHIA ANTIPOLIS
FRANCE


DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR USA
UNITED STATES


AHAVA DEAD SEA LABORATORIES LTD
ISRAEL


UNIVERSITA DI PISA
ITALY


UNIVERSIDAD DEL PAIS VASCO/EUSKAL HERRIKO UNIBERTSITATEA
SPAIN


IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE
UNITED KINGDOM


KING'S COLLEGE LONDON
UNITED KINGDOM

http://cordis.europa.eu/fetch?...

This is disinformation and pervert manipulation of public opinion.

Besides, it Ahava is  sited in non-disputed territories. 

Avatar of:

Posts: 0

January 23, 2012

The author of this article has failed to remain an objective reporter. He proclaims in the headline that the lab is "illegal" rather than stating that this is simply the claim of a handful of people who signed a letter.   Also, he twice uses the term "Palestinian West Bank" when it is well known that the West Bank is disputed territory that is the subject of ongoing negotiations between the Israeli and Palestinian negotiators. Science reporters should stick to the facts and not insert their own biases.

Avatar of:

Posts: 0

January 23, 2012

Thank you for bringing this to the attention of the research community.  Your report is completely accurate* and appropriate, and I hope that protests are effective in removing support for this project.

*According to Wikipedia, Ahava laboratories is located in Mitzpe Shalem, "...founded  in 1970 as a Nahal settlement on land in the West Bank that Israel occupied after the 1967 Six-Day War.... Like all Israeli settlements in the Israeli-occupied territories, Mitzpe Shalem is considered illegal under international law, though Israeli disputes this. The international community considers Israeli settlements to violate the Fourth Geneva Convention's prohibition on the transfer of an occupying power's civilian population into occupied territory"

Avatar of:

Posts: 0

January 24, 2012

Perhaps the authors of this piece would support a bomb vest-making facility in its stead. Not one word of outrage from the world on the everyday wanton murders by explosion of innocents. By Israel?

Avatar of:

Posts: 0

January 24, 2012

Perhaps the authors of this piece would support a bomb vest-making facility in its stead. Not one word of outrage from the world on the everyday wanton murders by explosion of innocents. By Israel?

Avatar of: AngstromUnit

AngstromUnit

Posts: 2

January 24, 2012

Perhaps the authors of this piece would support a bomb vest-making facility in its stead. Not one word of outrage from the world on the everyday wanton murders by explosion of innocents. By Israel?

Avatar of: Edward R. Mikol

Edward R. Mikol

Posts: 1457

January 25, 2012

Is every land that was conquered in warfare considered "occupied" by the author, Mr. Grant?

Then every land on earth is technically "occupied territory".

A fatuous thesis which would require everyone on the planet to return to Gondawanaland to satisfy the transitory silliness of this politically correct idiocy posing as "history".

Israel, unlike every Arab land, has actually given back legitmately conquered areas to its hostile neighbors in a peace effort.

Not that it worked well, but their intentions were noble.

Unlike the Mr. Grant's, here.

Avatar of:

Posts: 0

January 25, 2012

Is every land that was conquered in warfare considered "occupied" by the author, Mr. Grant?

Then every land on earth is technically "occupied territory".

A fatuous thesis which would require everyone on the planet to return to Gondawanaland to satisfy the transitory silliness of this politically correct idiocy posing as "history".

Israel, unlike every Arab land, has actually given back legitmately conquered areas to its hostile neighbors in a peace effort.

Not that it worked well, but their intentions were noble.

Unlike the Mr. Grant's, here.

Avatar of:

Posts: 0

January 25, 2012

Is every land that was conquered in warfare considered "occupied" by the author, Mr. Grant?

Then every land on earth is technically "occupied territory".

A fatuous thesis which would require everyone on the planet to return to Gondawanaland to satisfy the transitory silliness of this politically correct idiocy posing as "history".

Israel, unlike every Arab land, has actually given back legitmately conquered areas to its hostile neighbors in a peace effort.

Not that it worked well, but their intentions were noble.

Unlike the Mr. Grant's, here.

Avatar of:

Posts: 0

February 3, 2012

Thanks for a good article. I'm very glad that Bob Grant, and the scientists who signed the letter, are not merely turning their backs because the issue is "political." Scientists are not exempt from being human or caring about human rights, and articles such as this one get conversation- and hopefully, action- going.

Avatar of:

Posts: 0

February 3, 2012

Thanks for a good article. I'm very glad that Bob Grant, and the scientists who signed the letter, are not merely turning their backs because the issue is "political." Scientists are not exempt from being human or caring about human rights, and articles such as this one get conversation- and hopefully, action- going.

Avatar of: Kathy Barker

Kathy Barker

Posts: 9

February 3, 2012

Thanks for a good article. I'm very glad that Bob Grant, and the scientists who signed the letter, are not merely turning their backs because the issue is "political." Scientists are not exempt from being human or caring about human rights, and articles such as this one get conversation- and hopefully, action- going.

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