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European Jewish Congress President Kantor Invites Prime Minister Netanyahu to European Conference of Heads of State against the Assault on Israel’s Legitimacy
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European Jewish Congress President Kantor Invites Prime Minister Netanyahu to European Conference of Heads of State against the Assault on Israel’s ...

European Jewish Congress President Dr. Moshe Kantor invited Israel’s Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to a European conference of heads of state to discuss the assault on Israel’s legitimacy which will take place in the coming months.

Kantor met with Netanyahu in his office in Jerusalem to discuss this and other issues of mutual concern. Prime Minister Netanyahu thanked Kantor for the invitation and confirmed his participation.

“This conference will be a vital step in the battle against the ongoing assault on Israel’s legitimacy,” Kantor said. “This will be a top level meeting where we can make real headway to meeting this challenge in Europe which appears to be the beachhead of the delegitimization campaign.”

Kantor is expected to call for the adoption of clear boundaries to criticism of Israel, modeled on the Working Definition of Antisemitism produced in 2005 by the European Union Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia (EUMC), an EU body which monitors racism and antisemitism in EU Member States. This document provides examples of the ways in which antisemitism manifests itself with regard to the State of Israel.

“There is an imperative to end the impunity of those who cloak their hatred as criticism of Israel, while defining the boundaries of acceptable criticism as there is for any other nation,” Kantor continued. “Anti-Israel attitudes appear to be the only hatred that remains acceptable, even amongst officials and respected figures. This has to be dealt with like any other hatred or intolerance.”

“No other nation faces calls for its destruction or dismantlement, justifies the killing of its citizens or faces a boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign. These people clearly single out the only Jewish State in the world and this is intolerable.”

Kantor and Netanyahu also discussed the issues of antisemitism, Iran and agreed to closer coordination on issues concerning Israel and European Jewry.


Sunday, April 28, 2013
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