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EJC joins with European Coalition for Israel in support of persecuted Christian minorities in Middle East
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EJC joins with European Coalition for Israel in support of persecuted Christian minorities in Middle East

The European Jewish Congress has joined with the European Coalition for Israel, a leading Christian advocacy group, in calling for immediate action in support of the persecuted religious minorities in Syria and Iraq and for a coherent strategy against the surge of anti-Semitism in Europe. 

A joint statement co-signed by the European Jewish Congress, Pentecostal European Fellowship, and One Free World International was read and handed over to the Director of the EU European External Action Service (EEAS), following the ECI 11th Annual Policy Conference in the European Parliament in Brussels last week.

Addressing the conference, Raya Kalenova, Executive Vice-President of the European Jewish Congress, spoke about the importance of the moral support from Christians friends in Europe.
 
“Whereas each day of Jewish life in Europe is filled with uncertainty and security considerations, here I feel among friends”, she said. Kalenova, who spoke about the rise of anti-Semitism in Europe, agreed that it is high time to urgently address the plight of Christians in the Middle East.

The policy conference, which brought together EU lawmakers and officials with ECI activists from different parts of Europe, also made a call to the EU to stop the funding of hate. In his panel discussion with Christian Berger (EEAS director for the Middle East), ECI Director Tomas Sandell noted that the EU is the single largest donor to the PA, and therefore needs to make the funding conditional on the end of incitement. He noted that the brutal killing of the four rabbis in the synagogue in Jerusalem on Tuesday was preceded by a call from PA leader Mahmoud Abbas for “a day of rage.”  

“Incitement leads to action and those who fuel incitement need to be made accountable,” said Sandell. Berger agreed that education is the key to the peace process in the Middle East.

Kalenova also spoke of the contribution of the ECI to the promotion of a correct and positive image of Israel in Europe.

“As you stand with us, as friends, here in Europe, facing our common challenges, you proudly also refuse the distinction between supporting the rights of individual Jews and the rights of the collective Jew, expressed in our national liberation movement, Zionism, and its physical manifestation, the State of Israel,” she said.

“Attacking Israel is “bon ton”, normative, almost a password to European decency today. And yet you proudly reject it. As the conflict with the Palestinians moves inexorably towards a conflict of religions, so faith, belief, values, stated unequivocably, is what will ultimately win the day.”

Wednesday, November 26, 2014
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