Cordbyn som önskar Israels undergång är en antisemit och Labour måste göra sig av med honom

Corbyn, who sought Israel’s demise, is an anti-Semite. Labour must kick him out

He backed a group that called ‘to eradicate Zionism’; he’s likened Israeli policy to the Nazis’; his party can’t accept the world definition of anti-Semitism because he breaches it

Main image by Frank Augstein/AP

Until a few years ago, at the pro-Israel lobby AIPAC’s annual conference in Washington, DC, a gala dinner would be held for all the thousands of participants that began with an extraordinary display of political muscle: the roll call.

At center stage in the vast hall of the convention center in the US capital, two or three AIPAC bigwigs would excitedly read out hundreds of names — of the senior administration figures, the members of Congress, the ambassadors, and the other notables who were in attendance — and the crowd would clap and cheer. The process would go on for ages; there were so many such importantly titled people to be name-checked and applauded for having turned out to show their commitment to US ties with Israel.

As someone who spent the first 20 years of his life in Britain, I found this ostentatious demonstration of political clout shocking and somewhat disconcerting. Where I’d grown up, the Jews didn’t trumpet whatever influence they might have; they kept their heads down.

Many Jews have reached positions of prominence in Britain, and many prominent Britons have dedicated their energies to Jewish and Israeli causes. But while AIPAC’s annual power parade — discontinued in recent years, largely because it just took too long — underlined the degree to which millions of Jews comfortably lead proud and public Jewish lives in the United States, the 300,000 or so Jews in the United Kingdom have never taken their tolerated presence for granted.

Britain may soon elect a racist and an anti-Semite as its prime minister

Go back a century and you’ll find that David Lindo Alexander, the president of British Jewry’s representative body, the Board of Deputies, wrote a letter to the Times in the late spring of 1917 attempting to preempt the Balfour Declaration, in apparent terror that it would lead to Anglo-Jewry and other Diaspora Jews being required to relocate to Palestine. “The establishment of a Jewish nationality in Palestine,” warned Alexander and a second prominent Anglo-Jewish leader in horror, “must have the effect throughout the world of stamping the Jews as strangers in their native lands, and of undermining their hard-won position as citizens and nationals of these lands.”

Fast forward to the 1980s, and even with the philo-Semitic, staunchly pro-Israel Margaret Thatcher as prime minister, and the chief rabbi Immanuel Jakobovits as a key unofficial adviser, British Jewry’s ongoing insistence on trying not to draw attention to itself still held sway. This was exemplified by the extent to which the various ministers in Thatcher’s governments who happened to be Jewish — Keith Joseph, Leon Brittan, Malcolm Rifkind and Nigel Lawson, to name four of the most prominent — downplayed their Jewishness.

And yet, today, all that has changed. The Anglo-Jewish community is deliberately making headlines like seldom, if ever, before. It is organizing marches and demonstrations. It is holding gatherings outside parliament. Its leaders are giving dramatic interviews. Its newspapers are issuing warnings and demands. It has moved out of the shadows and into the glare.

And it is doing so because it fears that Britain may soon elect a racist and an anti-Semite as its prime minister.

Not a seeker of peace

Jeremy Corbyn, the head of the Labour Party — which was once the natural political home of what was a working class Jewish community — is not a shoo-in to win the next elections. But since he led Labour to a far better than expected performance in last year’s vote, and since the governing Conservative Party seems determined to clear his path to 10 Downing Street — by tearing itself apart in a paroxysm of infighting and incompetence, largely over Britain’s decision to pull out of the European Union — the prospect of a prime minister Corbyn is thoroughly real.

Iranian ayatollah-style, Corbyn and his defenders in the Labour anti-Semitism row would have us believe that they loathe Israel but have nothing whatsoever against the Jews

Corbyn’s Labour has become a hothouse of anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism — in its leader’s radical hard-left image. His defense and that of his loyalists, when accused of failing to tackle the blight, is to attempt to distinguish between the two: Yes, they proudly acknowledge, Corbyn and many others in Labour are deeply critical of Israel and its policies regarding the Palestinians, but the allegations of anti-Semitism are not merely unfounded but are being deliberately manufactured in order to silence their legitimate criticisms of the Jewish state.

Iranian ayatollah-style, they would have us believe that they loathe Israel but have nothing whatsoever against the Jews.

Leader of the opposition Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn listens to an introduction prior to a speech in London, Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

It is in this context that I found a throwaway mention last week to Corbyn’s sponsorship in the 1980s of a group called the Labour Movement Campaign for Palestine illuminating and horrifying.

The official platform of this group declared its “opposition to the Zionist state as racist, exclusivist, expansionist and a direct agency of imperialism.” A conference it held in 1984 demanded that the Labour Party’s key institutions “support the Palestinian people in their struggle for a democratic and secular state in the whole of Palestine.” (My italics.) In case anyone missed the point, the Labour Movement Campaign for Palestine proclaimed in the materials that it published for that 1984 event that it sought nothing less than “to eradicate Zionism.”

Ken Livingstone appears on Iran’s Press TV on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, January 27, 2018. (Screen capture: YouTube)

According to Dave Rich’s 2016 book “The Left’s Jewish Problem,” Corbyn sponsored and supported this group “throughout the 1980s,” spoke regularly at its events, and personally chaired the 1984 conference. Rich, who also refers to the movement as the “Labour Committee on Palestine,” says it was headed by an anti-Zionist Jew named Tony Greenstein, who was expelled from the Labour Party six months ago for anti-Semitism. Rich notes that the 1984 conference was hosted by Ken Livingstone’s Greater London Council. Livingstone, the former London mayor and longtime close ally of Corbyn, resigned from Labour three months ago, having been suspended from the party after declaring that Hitler “was supporting Zionism before he went mad and ended up killing six million Jews.” Corbyn, who praised Livingstone’s decision to resign as “the right thing to do,” had hitherto rejected calls from MPs and Labour supporters to expel him.

The leader of Her Majesty’s Opposition and his loyalists seek to present Corbyn as a robust opponent of the occupation, a bitter critic of “illegal and inhumane” actions by the Israel army in Gaza, a supporter of boycotting settlement goods and reconsidering British arms sales to Israel, and a seeker of peace (even when reluctantly expressing regret for having called Hamas and Hezbollah operatives his “friends” as he invited them to speak in parliament in 2009, or when caught at a wreath-laying ceremonyin a Tunisian cemetery near the graves of Palestinian terrorists) … but anything but an anti-Semite and a racist.

Jeremy Corbyn (second from left) holding a wreath during a visit to the Martyrs of Palestine, in Tunisia, in October 2014. (Facebook page of the Palestinian embassy in Tunisia)

Yet for years, he was active in an organization that, just like Hamas and Hezbollah and Iran, proclaimed the goal of ending Israel. As Jonathan Freedland, the Guardian columnist who mentioned Corbyn’s role in the Labour Movement Campaign for Palestine in an article last Wednesday, noted succinctly, Corbyn’s position on Israel/Palestine “was not that of a healing conciliator of two warring peoples, but rather ‘to eradicate Zionism.’”

Corbyn didn’t want to heal. He didn’t advocate a two-state solution. He wasn’t opposing specific Israeli policies. He wanted Israel not to exist.

To endorse a platform that demands the elimination of the world’s only Jewish state, which was revived in 1948 on the basis of a UN vote a year earlier, is anti-Semitism of the first order, prejudice against Jews. To advocate that the Jewish nation, uniquely, does not have any right to sovereignty, that its national movement should be eradicated — that’s discrimination and incitement. To assert that the Jewish people has no right to sovereignty in the only place on earth where it has ever been sovereign, never wanted to leave and always sought to return; to demand, that is, not that Israel live peaceably alongside a Palestinian state, but that it be fully replaced by a Palestinian state — this is unconscionable.

For the prospective prime minister of the United Kingdom to have stood up for such a position, for years, and thereafter to have met and praised members of terrorist organizations avowedly committed to the destruction of Israel, is untenable.

“Jeremy has a long and principled record of solidarity with the Palestinian people and engaging with actors in the conflict to support peace and justice in the Middle East,” a spokesman for Corbyn claimed Sunday, responding to newly published pictures of the Labour leader sitting on a panel at a 2012 conference in Doha with several Palestinian terrorists sentenced for murder. But supporting peace and justice was not what he was doing.

UK Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn (second right) attends a 2012 conference in Doha along with several Palestinian terrorists convicted of murdering Israelis. (Screen capture: Twitter)

Taking issue with specific policies of an Israeli government is by no means necessarily racist; opposing Zionism in toto certainly is. Zionism champions a Jewish sovereign homeland; it does not require a Jewish homeland at the expense of the Palestinians; it does not contradict a two-state solution. Indeed Zionism’s hour of realization came with the UN’s adoption of a two-state solution in 1947 — the relegitimization of Jewish sovereignty and the intended establishment of a Palestinian state. This was a solution accepted by Israel’s Zionist pioneers but rejected by Arab leaders who, rather than endorsing a first-ever independent Palestine, chose instead to try to kill Israel at rebirth.

The heart of the crisis

In the great mass of articles about Corbyn and Labour anti-Semitism, I’m struck by the absence of headlines surrounding Corbyn’s years of support and activism for an organization that sought Israel’s demise — support and activism for which, as far as is known, he has never apologized. There was a piece in the Jewish Chronicle two years ago. References in Dave Rich’s book. Now, a passing mention in a Guardian column.

But Corbyn’s prolonged backing for the cause of Palestinian statehood “in the whole of Palestine” goes to the heart of the crisis surrounding his potential leadership of Britain. It underpins his embrace of terrorists, his failure to tackle Labour’s anti-Semites, and his resistance to Labour adopting the full International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s working definition of anti-Semitism. Of course his party could not adopt the full IHRA definition; Corbyn has repeatedly breached it: Among the examples of contemporary anti-Semitism cited in the IHRA definition are “Denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination, e.g., by claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist endeavor” and “Drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis.” His activism on behalf of the Labour Movement Campaign for Palestine contravenes the former clause; comparing Israeli actions in the West Bank to the World War II Nazi occupation of Europe, as a 2013 video that surfaced this month showed him doing, breaches the latter.

In September 2016, during another spike of the Labour anti-Semitism crisis, he grudgingly allowed, apparently for the first time, that “Israel has the right to exist… under the agreement of the original borders of 1948” (whatever that might mean). But just a year earlier, he had achieved the quite extraordinary feat, during a 10-minute speech to a meeting of Labour Friends of Israel — his first appearance as party leader at an Israel-related gathering — of avoiding so much as uttering the name “Israel.”

“Say the word Israel. Say the word Israel,” a heckler demanded, in vain.

In 2011, in an interview with Iran’s PressTV, he lamented what he claimed was the BBC’s “bias towards saying that… Israel has a right to exist.” Presumably, in Corbyn’s view, a fair-minded and non-biased BBC would hold that Israel does not have the right to exist.

Just this month, in a Guardian column, he insisted that “in the 1970s some on the left mistakenly argued that ‘Zionism is racism.’ That was wrong, but to assert that ‘anti-Zionism is racism’ now is wrong too.” This in an article ostensibly intended to heal his ties with the Jewish community.

That’s who Anglo-Jewry is dealing with. That’s who has stirred the community from its don’t-rock-the-boat norm. Without the numbers, the clout or the confidence of American Jewry as exemplified by organizations such as AIPAC, Britain’s Jewish community has nonetheless seen no choice but to place itself, unprecedentedly, at center stage in a key political battle. That’s because Jeremy Corbyn, and Labour with him at its helm, are a threat to British Jews.

Jeremy Corbyn wrote in his August 3 Guardian column that “it is Labour’s responsibility to root out antisemitism in our party” and pledged to do so. But for Labour to root out anti-Semitism, it needs to start by booting out Jeremy Corbyn.

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Varför svek världen de judiska flyktingarna från Tyskland 1938?

Royal Hotel EvianÉvian-les-Bains, France, July 12th, 2018 – Founding Director Tomas Sandell of the European Coalition for Israel was one of the keynote speakers when the 80th anniversary of the failed Evian conference was commemorated at a symposium at the Royal Hotel in Evian on Wednesday evening. The Evian Conference was convened 6-15th July 1938 to discuss the Jewish refugee problem and the plight of the increasing number of Jewish refugees fleeing persecution by Nazi Germany. But none of the 32 nations gathered at Evian in 1938, with the exception of the Dominican Republic, was willing to receive any of them, nor refute the Nurnberg laws or other aggressive policies of the Nazi regime in fear of upsetting Hitler and jeopardising their trade relations with Germany.

In Berlin Hitler drew the obvious conclusion that the nations did not care about the fate of the Jews. The Jewish delegates who were present at the conference did not have the right to take part in the official discussions. Golda Meir, the Jewish observer from Palestine at the conference, later noted that she looked forward to the day when the fate of her people would not be dependent on the sympathy of the nations, but would be in their own hands. She would have to wait another ten years before her dream became reality and the State of Israel was declared but by then six million Jews had already died in the Nazi concentration camps.

“Where were all the friends of the Jewish people in 1938?” Tomas Sandell asked in his speech. He explained how the European Coalition for Israel was founded as an answer to this very question in 2003, when the late Elie Wiesel, asked why only Jewish organisations were reacting to the rise of antisemitism at the time. “Where are all the others? Wiesel asked.

“Could history have taken another direction if there had been enough people in Evian 1938 who would have genuinely cared about the fate of the Jewish people?” Sandell asked the conference.

The Deputy Mayor of the village of Le Chambon in France, Denise Vallat and author Peter Grose explained why the citizens of this small village, who saved 3,000 Jews and became a safe haven for Jews fleeing the Nazis, were different from those gathered in Evian.
“In the French luxury resort of Evian there was simply a lack of decency among the top diplomats who gathered there whereas in the small Protestant village of Le Chambon people stood up for what they believed to be right, regardless of the cost”, they said. Le Chambon has been recognised by Yad Vashem as a righteous village of the nations.

The objective of the symposium was to learn from the past and plan for the future. A special attention was given to the current refugee crisis. Dr Katrina Lantos Swett, President of the Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice, said that “whereas Evian may have been a failure in many ways there were nevertheless many lessons learnt as a result. Today we have a number of international conventions and institutions which are protecting the rights of the refugees. None of that existed in 1938.”

The conference host and initiator Hugh Baver from the US-based foundation Sosua 75 learnt about the Evian conference when he came in contact with the Sosúa community in the Dominican Republic many years ago. This unique community came about as a result of the Evian conference when the Dominican Republic received some 900 Jewish refugees. Three of the descendants of the original refugees who found a safe haven in Sosúa were present at the symposium and shared their experience.

Dr Shimon Samuels from the Simon Wiesenthal Centre suggested in his speech that Sosúa should be recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its unique and powerful history.

In his concluding remarks Sandell noted, however, that the solution to the Jewish refugee crisis in 1938 was not simply more nations receiving Jews but the establishment of the State of Israel that would become the ultimate safe haven for Jews from all over the world. “The world is a better place today because of the creation of the Jewish state,” he said.

The symposium culminated in a ceremony where a plaque commemorating the Evian conference of 1938 was presented to the hotel. The plaque will be placed close to the very conference room where the international meeting took place 80 years ago. The General Manager of the hotel welcomed any future initiative which can help promote peace and dialogue and prevent human tragedies, such as the Evian conference of 1938, from happening in the future.

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Så missbrukas folkrätten för att misskreditera Israel

Tucker book launch 2018Jerusalem, June 14th, 2018 – At a well-attended press conference in Jerusalem on Thursday, 7thJune, ECI Legal Counsel Andrew Tuckerlaunched a new book “Israel on Trial.” The event was co-hosted by The Menachim Begin Heritage Center, NGO Monitor, European Coalition for Israel and The Hague Initiative for International Cooperation (thinc.).

At the conference Andrew Tucker and co-author Matthijs de Bloispresented the legal case for Israel from an international law perspective. In a revealing presentation, Tucker compared the binding commitments made by the international community after WWI with respect to a future Jewish state in Palestine with the conclusions of the same international community today in 2018. Tucker argued that the international community is reneging on its earlier commitments. For example:

• In 1922 the League of Nations explicitly called for “close settlement” of Palestine by the Jewish people. However, in United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334 in December 2016 the Council – purporting to speak on behalf of the international community – calls all Israeli settlements “a flagrant violation of international law.”

• In 1922 the Mandate for Palestine was set up explicitly to prepare the “reconstitution” of the national home by the Jewish people in Palestine. Today, however, it is said that a large part of Palestine is to be reserved for an Arab Islamic State which will exclude Jews.

• The Mandate required the protection of civil and religious rights of all residents of Palestine. In contrast, there are no guarantees for the protection of minorities in the proposed State of Palestine.

In their extensive research leading up to the publication of the book de Blois and Tucker have come to the conclusion that the San Remo Resolution and most importantly the Mandate for Palestine are still relevant for the relationship between Israel and the Arab Palestinians. In his presentation de Blois explained the historical and legal significance of the San Remo resolution and the Mandate for Palestine. The rights created by these legal instruments were specifically protected by article 80 of the Charter of the United Nations, which requires UN Member States to respect the rights granted to states or peoples under international instruments prior to 1945. This includes the rights granted to the Jewish people by the League of Nations under the Mandate for Palestine.

Tucker pointed out how international law has been used since 1967 as a political weapon against the State of Israel. He noted that there are four sources of international law – conventions and treaties; international custom (ie. practice of states); general principles of law recognized by civilized nations; and judicial decisions and writings of experts (which are subsidiary sources only). Tucker explained that the International Court of Justice’s Advisory Opinion in July 2004 (which described settlements as “illegal”) and UN Security Council Resolution 2334 of December 2016 (which declared that Israeli settlements have no legal validity and flagrantly violate international law) may be politically important but they are not legally definitive or binding.

At the conference, ECI Director Tomas Sandell, Professor Gerald Steinberg and Legal Advisor Anne Hertzberg of NGO Monitor also spoke on the role of international law in the resolution of the Israel-Palestine conflict. Steinberg called the book “an important contribution to the discussion of the legal foundation of the State of Israel.”

The Hague Initiative for International Cooperation (thinc.) is an independent research organization and partner organization to ECI, dedicated to the study, implementation of and adherence to the rule of law – on national and international levels. ECI Legal Counsel Andrew Tucker serves today as its program director. Dr. de Blois is a thinc. Senior Fellow.

The book, “Israel on Trial – How International Law is being Misused to Delegitimize the State of Israel” is published by thinc. and has now been released for sale. For more information, please contact info@ec4i.org .

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Nu är det dags för EU att inse att Jerusalem är Israels huvudstad

Embassy moveBrussels, May 14th, 2018 – European Coalition for Israel welcomes the timely US embassy move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem which will take place today Monday and coincide with the 70th anniversary of the declaration of independence of the modern State of Israel, according to the Gregorian calendar. In a diplomatic ceremony which will be attended by American and Israeli dignitaries in Jerusalem on Monday, the former US Consulate to Israel will be transformed in to an official US Embassy whilst the new facilities will be constructed in the coming years.

In an official ceremony at the Israeli Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem on Sunday, diplomats from 33 countries attended the historic event to mark the move. However, missing from the official reception were all but four of the EU member states. From Eastern Europe, those attending were Hungary, Romania and Czech, who last week prevented a joint EU statement to condemn the embassy move. The only Western European EU member state to join the reception was Austria. Other European countries who attended the reception were Albania, Georgia, Macedonia and Serbia.

In a statement on Monday ECI Founding Director Tomas Sandell applauded the courageous stand of the four EU member states and the four non-EU member states who expressed their support for Israel by attending the reception. He called on more European governments to follow their example.

“It is regrettable that the European Union, led by Germany, Britain and France, are boycotting this historic event. By moving its embassy to Jerusalem, the United States is simply accepting a 3000-year old reality, that Jerusalem is the capital of the Jewish people. Jerusalem is today unique in the whole Middle East in that it allows for all its inhabitants the freedom to pray and worship in peace. Only in Jerusalem can Jews, Christians and Muslims pray side by side at their holy sites whereas the rest of the region continues to suppress its minorities. These rights were implemented only after Israel had liberated East Jerusalem in 1967 and made the whole of Jerusalem its capital. This is a policy which should be fully supported by the European Union and not undermined by boycotts and threats.”

Sandell pointed out that the US declaration on 6th December 2017 to acknowledge Jerusalem as the capital of Israel leaves many of the most contested issues open to final status negotiations.

The fact that the diplomatic reception on Sunday was attended by a total of 33 countries and that a growing number of nations are considering a similar embassy move shows that Israel is not isolated. Later in the week the Guatemalan embassy will cut the ribbons to its new embassy in Jerusalem and shortly after the Embassy of Paraguay will open its doors in the Israeli capital.

Whilst the official European Union policy is not to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, on Saturday night its citizens chose the Israeli song “Toy” as the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest. When the performer Netta Barzilai thanked the audience for their support she shouted, “I love my country (Israel), next time in Jerusalem”! The Israeli victory means that the Eurovision Song Contest will be hosted in Jerusalem in 2019.

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Givarländer inleder granskning av palestinska textböcker efter omfattande kritik beträffande incitament till hat och radikalisering i ny läroplan

Givarländer inleder granskning av palestinska textböcker efter omfattande kritik beträffande incitament till hat och radikalisering i ny läroplan

London, 15 augusti 2018 – Det internationella samfundet lett av Europeiska kommissionen planerar att inleda en genomgång av palestinska textböcker efter avslöjandet att den nya läroplanen som introducerades förra hösten inte förbereder de palestinska skoleleverna för fred och samexistens med israeliterna utan snarare ökar hatet och radikaliseringen.

Konkreta exempel på incitament till hat i palestinska textböcker presenterades för flera nationella regeringar tidigare i år, bland annat i London, Bryssel och Helsingfors, och har också väckt intresse inom internationella media. Både i Storbritannien och Finland har exemplen på hatiskt innehåll i de palestinska textböcker som finansieras av EU:s skattebetalare blivit förstasidesnyheter. Efter många år av tystnad och förnekelse har flera av givarländernas regeringar nu börjat reagera.

I ett officiellt svar på en gräsrotskampanj i Finland som startades av Europeiska koalitionen för Israel sade regeringen i medlet av juni att ”den finländska regeringen inte accepterar hatiska uttalanden och anser det viktigt att de exempel på incitament som har kommit fram granskas på vederbörligt sätt av utomstående experter”. Den finländska regeringen, som för närvarande är ordförande i EU:s koordineringsgrupp med ansvar för finansiering och övervakning av den palestinska myndigheten i frågor gällande utbildning, rapporterade att en granskningsprocess planeras tillsammans med EU-kommissionen.

Detta bekräftades i London förra veckan när ECI:s direktor Tomas Sandell träffade Storbritanniens minister för Mellanöstern Alistair Burt. Vid en debatt i parlamentets underhus i juli gällande incitament i palestinska textböcker gjorde han följande uttalande: ”Det finns ingen plats inom undervisningen för material eller praktik som uppeggar unga till våld. Vårt fortsatta stöd kommer att följas av en fortsatt kraftig uppmaning till den palestinska myndigheten gällande incitament inom utbildningssektorn. Vi är i slutskedet av diskussioner för att inleda en granskning av textböcker tillsammans med andra givarländer. Granskningen torde vara genomförd till september 2019.” Burt bekräftade att granskningen kommer att ”basera sig på bevis och vara rigorös”.

Palestinskt incitament till hat och det ekonomiska stödet till martyrernas familjer har redan lett till stora nedskärningar i USA:s finansiella stöd till den palestinska myndigheten och senaste månad meddelade Australiens utrikesminister Julia Bishop att den australiensiska regeringen helt kommer att upphöra med finansieringen av den palestinska myndigheten så länge utbetalningarna till dömda terrorister i israeliska fängelser fortsätter. Samtidigt har den brittiska regeringen meddelat att den dubblerar sitt stöd för ekonomisk utveckling på Västbanken och i Gaza för att stärka den palestinska ekonomin, men Alistair Burt vidhåller att incitamenten måste få ett slut.

Medan USA och den australiensiska regeringen har gjort betydande nedskärningar i finansieringen av de palestinska myndigheterna, har de europeiska regeringarna varit mer ovilliga att göra det. Vid tidigare diskussioner med Europeiska kommissionen i Bryssel har EU:s tjänstemän bestämt avvisat varje omnämnande om incitament till hat i palestinska textböcker och till och med hävdat att de israeliska textböckerna är likadana.

Detta håller nu på att förändras. I ett uttalande i London på onsdag välkomnade Sandell den oberoende översikten och sade att ”fastän detta borde ha gjorts för länge sedan kommer den att vara av avgörande betydelse för fredsprocessen”.

”För att ge freden en chans måste vi förbereda nästa generation för samexistens, inte krig och konflikt. Ett slutgiltigt och heltäckande fredsfördrag mellan Israel och palestinierna beror i första hand på om de två parterna är villiga att leva sida vid sida i fred och samexistens. Detta kommer inte att ske så länge vi tillåter palestinska incitament till hat och våld att frodas i textböckerna i deras skolor,” avslutade Sandell.

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40 % av alla flickor i Turkiet under 18 år tvingas in i äktenskapet

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Intervju: Jimmie Åkesson frågas ut i Sverigesradio 2018

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