International parliamentarians tour West Bank settlements, meet Israeli officials

10-10-2017 11:59

Source: MEMO


More than two dozen parliamentarians from around the world toured West Bank settlements on Sunday, and met with senior Israeli officials.


The 26 members of parliament from 15 countries were visiting as part of a conference organised by the Israel Allies Foundation, in partnership with the World Jewish Congress, the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem and Bridges for Peace.


Participants went to Har Bracha settlement in the occupied West Bank, where they heard speeches by Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely, and senior settler official Yossi Dagan.


The parliamentarians subsequently heard talks by former minister Gideon Sa’ar, current minister Gila Gamliel, and bipartisan members of the Knesset Christian Allies Caucus.


The politicians signed a resolution celebrating the Balfour Declaration centenary, and “condemning the antisemitic misrepresentation of Israel as an occupier”.


Social Equality Minister Gila Gamliel praised the parliamentarians for their efforts to fight the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, telling them: “You are on the right side of history. “Enough [of being] politically correct. Let us be biblically correct”.


The conference resolution also urged governments “to adopt the US State Department’s and the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s definition of antisemitism and thereby recognize that anti-Israel/Zionist expression can be used as a means to convey anti-Jewish bigotry”.


At the event in Har Bracha, Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely criticised US President Donald Trump’s decision to delay moving the US embassy to Jerusalem.


“If you would really like to give peace a chance, move your embassy to Jerusalem in order to make sure that Jerusalem will never be divided; in order to make sure that Jews and Arabs can live peacefully together”.

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