As a reminder: Former Belgian Prime Minister Jean-Luc Dehaene was involved in the financial support to the Israeli settlements
In 2010, Dexia, a major Belgian-French bank, was still financing Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT) despite official assurances that such loans have ceased. Jean-Luc Dehaene, a former Belgian prime minister who had become Dexia’s chairman, announced in 2009 that the bank had not approved any new loans to authorities located in Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank since June 2008.
Jean-Luc Dehaene deceased a few years ago. Dexia split in ‘Dexia’ and a new creation called ‘Belfius’.
Belfius inherited 12.5 billion euro of Dexia. The state bank Belfius made in 2013 a profit of 445 million euro and profits doubled in 2015…
Idea of ‘Lebensraum’
Between 1921 and 1925 Adolf Hitler developed the belief that Germany required Lebensraum (‘living space’) in order to survive. The conviction that this living space could be gained only in the east, and specifically from Russia, formed the core of this idea, and shaped his policy after his take-over of power in Germany in 1933. So where did he get this idea from? And why did he envisage his country’s future living space lying in the east?
The term Lebensraum was coined by the German geographer, Friedrich Ratzel (1844-1904). During the last two decades of the 19th century, Ratzel developed a theory according to which the development of all species, including humans, is primarily determined by their adaptation to geographic circumstances.
Above all, Ratzel considered species migration as the crucial factor in social adaptation and cultural change. Species that successfully adapted to one location, he thought, would spread naturally to others. Indeed, he went on to argue that, in order to remain healthy, species must continually expand the amount of space they occupy, for migration is a natural feature of all species, an expression of their need for living space.
This process also applied to humans, who operate collectively in the form of ‘peoples’ (Völker), with one Völk effectively conquering another. However, according to Ratzel, such expansion could be successful only if the conquering nation ‘colonised’ the new territory, and by ‘colonisation’ he meant the establishment of peasant farms by the new occupiers.
The EU is one of the prime commercial partners of Israel, along with the United States, with a commercial exchange volume that reached 20.2 billion Euros in 2009. It proves that European politics is very hypocrite.
A Palestinian boy looks at statues that are made of fiberglass and covered with clay by Palestinian artist Eyad Sabbah, which are depictions for the Palestinians who fled their houses from Israeli shelling