Reminding the Palestinian Foreign Minister of the European Parliament’s resolution of 2018 that called for the safe return of all held Israelis, MEP Charlie Weimers’ questions were sidestepped, as the FM called on all EU member states to support the Palestinians against Trump’s “Peace to Prosperity” peace deal.
Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki declined to answer what the PA is doing to bring about the release of the four Israeli captives in Gaza, during remarks to the European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee on Wednesday.
MEP Charlie Weimers, of the European Conservatives and Reformists group, pointed out that the European Parliament passed a resolution in 2018 that called for the safe return of Israelis Avera Mengistu and Hisham al-Sayed and the remains of IDF soldiers Hadar Goldin and Oron Shaul, held by Hamas. Continue Reading »
With calls for restitution for their investments of “an estimated €315,000 worth of EU-funded humanitarian assistance,” the European Parliament members condemned Israel’s plan to remove the illegal Bedouin encampment in a 320 to 277 vote, noting, “The demolition of Khan al-Ahmar and the forcible transfer of its residents would constitute a grave breach of international humanitarian law.”
– Last week Israel’s High Court of Justice ruled that there was no legal reason to prevent the illegally built homestead’s relocation.
By News Agencies and Israel Hayom Staff
The European Union on Thursday warned that Israel’s plan to demolish the Bedouin herding village of Khan al-Ahmar, east of Jerusalem, may amount to a war crime. Continue Reading »
Rift continues to widen between White House and Palestinian Authority’s autocrat after leader attempted to eject President Trump from peace process by running to European Union Parliament in Brussels seeking statehood recognition without engaging in peace talks.
WATCH: Amb. Nikki Haley shellacs Mahmoud Abbas at UNSC
By Ryan Jones
The Trump White House was none too impressed by the Palestinian leadership’s temper tantrum following the president’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
And the Americans were downright scornful after the Palestinians then went crying to Europe and attempted to eject Trump from the Middle East peace process.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas was in Brussels this week in a bid to convince the European Union to supplant the United States as the primary third-party broker in the peace process. Continue Reading »
In what should have been an obvious, moral standard of behavior, EP President now concedes after his prior practice was proven to be a blatant violation of guidelines & rules of the EU itself, former Palestinian terrorists will no longer be allowed to participate in European parliamentary events.
By Arutz Sheva Staff
About two months after the participation of terrorist Leila Khaled as guest of honor at the European Parliament, President of the Parliament Antonio Tajani on Wednesday announced that representatives of terrorist organizations or former terrorists would not be allowed to participate in the Parliament.
PFLP terrorist and multiple airline hijacker, Leila Khaled – Photo: Sebastian Baryli/Wikimedia Commons
The announcement came after a move led by MEP Anders Vistisen – accompanied by legal counsel Yifah Segal, director of the International Legal Forum (ILF) – who handed to the President a letter signed by 60 members of Parliament, quoting European Union laws and guidelines proving that Khaled’s visit violated them. Continue Reading »
In an obscene demonstration of moral corruption, the European Parliament invites multiple hijacker, convicted & jailed PFLP terrorist Leila Khaled, to speak on the ‘role of women in the Palestinian resistance’, instead of any of the women who work for and advocate peace & coexistence. • EU lawmaker: ‘It’s outrageous for EU to desecrate its halls with terrorist.’
By Lital Shemesh and Israel Hayom Staff
The European Parliament in Brussels invited Palestinian terrorist Leila Khaled to speak Tuesday at an official conference on “The Role of Women in the Palestinian Popular Struggle.”
Khaled, a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, was involved in the hijacking of an American airplane in 1969 and a failed hijacking attempt on an El Al flight the following year. Continue Reading »
In a bizarre contradiction to last year’s infamous UNESCO resolution stripping Jewish rights to Jerusalem, Irina Bokova, the director-general of very same UN organization publicly acknowledged, “Jerusalem is the capital of King David, where Solomon built the Temple.”
By Israel Today Staff
UNESCO, the director-general of UNESCO, which last year passed a motion denying the Jewish connection to Jerusalem, shocked many last week when she publicly affirmed the Jews’ historic connection to the Holy City.
UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova – Photo: Wikimedia/UNESCO/Michel Ravassard/Ian Denison
“In the Torah, Jerusalem is the capital of King David, where Solomon built the Temple and placed the Ark of the Covenant,” Bokova reminded the European Parliament in a session on Thursday. Continue Reading »
Czech MEP Petr Mach has begun establishing the first official intergroup to support Jewish West Bank settlements, to combat BDS in the European Parliament, and to assert support for Israel.
By Elisha Ben Kimon
Soon, an official intergroup of friends the West Bank in the European Parliament will come into being for the first time. The intergroup, a form of , will be composed of more than ten members of European Parliament (MEPs) from several countries, headed by Czech MEP Petr Mach (Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy Group).
European Parliament – Photo: Michael Zeff/TPS
The parliamentarian met on Wednesday with Samaria Regional Council Chairman Yossi Dagan in Prague to formalize the intergroup’s formation.
European Parliament President Martin Schulz, offered to mediate between Israel’s President Rivlin & PA Chairman Abbas since both are currently in Brussels, but Abbas refused to meet with Israel’s President Rivlin.
By Itamar Eichner
Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas refused to meet with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin while the two are in Brussels it was reported on Thursday. The proposed meeting with Rivlin was to be held at the invitation of President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz.
Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin and Mahmoud Abbas – Photo: Alex Kolomoisky, EPA
During a joint press conference held between Rivlin and Schulz on Wednesday at the European Parliament, Schultz was asked if he could be a mediator and conduct a meeting between Abbas and Rivlin.
In response to convicted IRA terrorist, Martina Anderson’s slur, Amir Ohana, a member of Israel’s Knesset said, “In her entire tenure as a member of European Parliament she has dealt with no issue and focused on no other goal, than to attack Israel.”
By Michael Zeff/TPS
Martina Anderson, an Irish member of the European Parliament, said Israeli lobbyists were “all over this place like a rash” during a parliament meeting on Wednesday.
European Parliament – Photo: Michael Zeff/TPS
Anderson was moderating a discussion dedicated to health issues and sanitation in Gaza and the West Bank when she compared the lobbying efforts of Israeli and Jewish groups to the efforts by Palestinian groups. Continue Reading »
A vote by the European Parliament in Strasbourg over whether to recognize a Palestinian state was postponed Tuesday from later this week to mid-December.
EU flags – Photo: REUTERS
Israeli diplomatic officials said the move was pushed off from Thursday for three reasons: difficulties have emerged between the various parties regarding the language of the resolution; opposition by some members of the various parties – especially from Germany – to the resolution; and intensive work by Israeli diplomats in Brussels to postpone the vote, hoping to gain more time to change minds.
The Jerusalem-based organization NGO Monitor delivered a presentation on Tuesday to members of the European Parliament, which outlined irregular funding practices for EU funded NGOs in the Middle East, including organizations that seek to delegitimize Israel.
GERALD STEINBERG – Photo: NGO MONITOR
Speaking from Brussels, Prof. Gerald Steinberg, president of NGO monitor, told The Jerusalem Post that a “highly disproportionate number of NGOs are focused on the Israel-Palestinian conflict… more so than any other part of the world.” Continue Reading »
European Parliament to bestow upon Israel prize as the leading Middle East country in gender equality.
By Ari Yashar
The European Parliament intends to give Israel a prize Wednesday, recognizing it as the leading nation in the Middle East and North Africa in terms of gender equality.
The “Reducing the Gender Gap” prize will be given at Women in Parliaments Global Forum Annual Summit in Brussells, which is expected to bring together over 9,000 international female parliament members.
Supreme Court Judge Dafna Barak-Erez will accept the prize for Israel. Various female MKs will represent Israel at the conference, and MK Shuli Mualem-Rafaeli (Jewish Home) will speak about her life story. Continue Reading »
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