Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Europe: 60 MEPs urge Federica Mogherini to marginalize financially and politically anti-Israel groups like BDS

This initiative comes shortly after, the European Parliament decided that terrorists like Leila Khaled would not be granted further access to the Parliament.

Via European Jewish Press:
In a letter, the cross party group of 60 [out of 751, less than 10 per cent, full list below] Members of the European Parliament urged Federica Mogherini to marginalize, both financially and politically organizations such as BDS that are increasingly becoming a virulent source in the spread of anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism under the pretense of exercising freedom of speech and association. 
The move is spearheaded by representatives of the four major political groups, MEP Cristian Dan Preda, MEP Ioan Mircea Pascu (S&D, Romania) and a Vice-President of the  European Parliament, MEP Petras Austrevicius (ALDE, Lithuania), MEP Arne Gericke (ECR, Germany). 
It “calls upon ensuring that no public funds go to organizations calling for a boycott of the State of Israel, and to instruct agencies not to engage with companies, organizations or other entities involved with the BDS movement”. 
MEP Cristian Dan Preda, foreign affairs coordinator for the largest political group, the European People’s Party, and co-initiator of the letter underlined  his party’s  opposition to calls for the suspension of the bilateral agreements with Israel  as some of his extreme left wing colleagues echo directly from the BDS playbook.   “It’s in the interest of this House, and of our citizens, to see an upgrade in the partnership agreement with Israel. We should not allow the current stalemate in the peace process to dictate the terms of our relationship with Israel.” 
Swedish MEP and President of Europe Israel Public Affairs (EIPA) political Board Lars Adaktusson - a co- signatory - underlined that “the Union, and the Parliament, is in danger of being deemed irrelevant as a peace broker if it fails to address the incitement on its own soil against Israel.”  
Vice President of the European Parliament, Ioan Mircea Pascu indicated that boycotting strategic ties with Israel, a leader in the international intelligence and defence community, may prove counterproductive to the common security interests of both, EU and Israel. 
The 60 signatories, among which are Chair of Security and Defence, MEP Anna Fotyga (ECR, Poland), Vice-Preident Pavel Telicka (ALDE, Czech Republic), Dietmar Koster (S&D, Germany), Vice-Chair of Human Rights Beatriz Becerra (ALDE, Spain) urged their Foreign Affairs chief to “address the incitement to hatred and violence and discriminatory practice of calls for boycotts, divestment and sanctions against the State of Israel.”
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MEPs who signed the letter:
MEP Cristian Preda
MEP Ioan Mircea Pascu
MEP Lars Adaktusson
MEP Arne Gericke
MEP Petras Auštrevičius
MEP Fulvio Martusciello
MEP Niedermüller Péter
MEP Marijana Petir
MEP Ramon Tremosa Balcells
MEP Maria Grapini 
MEP Traian Ungureanu
MEP Beatriz Becerra
MEP Alojz Peterle
MEP Antonio López-Istúriz White
MEP Inese Vaidere
MEP Milan Zver
MEP Anna Fotyga - Biuro Poselskie
MEP Renate Weber
MEP Frédérique Ries
MEP Geoffrey Van Orden
MEP Ramona Manescu
MEP Hannu Takkula
MEP Tunne Kelam MEP
MEP Daciana Sârbu
MEP John Flack MEP
MEP Miltos Kyrkos
MEP Julia Pitera
MEP Artis Pabriks
MEP Iuliu Winkler
MEP Adina Ioana VALEAN

MEP Dietmar Köster
MEP Olga Sehnalová, oficiální stránka
MEP Anna Zaborska
MEP Christofer Fjellner 
MEP Heinz K. Becker
MEP Jan Zahradil - oficiální stránka lídra ODS pro volby do EP
MEP Patricia Lalonde
MEP Alberto Cirio
MEP José Inácio Faria
MEP Miroslav Mikolášik
MEP Elisabetta Gardini
MEP Salvo Pogliese
MEP Alessandra Mussolini
MEP Massimiliano Salini
MEP Gunnar Hökmark
MEP Branislav Škripek
MEP Rupert Matthews MEP
MEP Stefano Maullu
MEP Aldo Patriciello
MEP Светослав Малинов / Svetoslav Malinov
MEP Pavel Telička
MEP Iveta Grigule
MEP Charles Goerens
MEP Laima Andrikienė
MEP György Hölvényi
MEP Monika Beňová
MEP Esteban González Pons
MEP Viorica Dancila
MEP Andi Cristea

Source: EIPA (Europe Israel Public Affairs) here and here

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