PALESTINE solidarity activists protested in Thessaloniki yesterday as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited Greece to promote the “East Med Pipeline.”
The “revolutionary” natural gas pipeline was agreed in principle by Israel, Greece, Cyprus, Italy and the EU’s energy commissioner in April, prompting angry recriminations from Palestinians.
They say it will make profits for firms who exploit the illegal occupation of Palestinian land and further incentivise Israel’s naval blockade of Gaza and encroachment on Palestinian territorial waters.
Israeli company Noble Energy has previously been slammed for extracting and selling natural gas from marine deposits jointly owned by Israel and Palestine without consulting Palestinian authorities.
Petros Gotsis, who organised a protest in the offices of the ET3 TV station, said Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’s support for Israel meant he was “no longer on our side.”