European Union

Peres’s diplomatic Euro-tour de force

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 14, 2013

To judge from the standing ovation that President Shimon Peres received following his speech on Tuesday morning to the European Parliament in Strasbourg — the first such speech by an Israeli head of state — you would think that Israel was the most favoured nation in the EU. As it was, Mr Peres did not spare his listeners from criticism.

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Peres declares 11 Belgian families Righteous Among the Nations

By Zoe Winograd, March 6, 2013

Israeli President Shimon Peres and the Prince of Belgium have bestowed decorations of Righteous Among the Nations on 11 Belgian families who saved Jews during the Holocaust.

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East Jerusalem EU consul recommends settlements divestment

By Anna Sheinman, February 27, 2013

European Union officials based in East Jerusalem and Ramallah have recommended that the EU limit trade with settlements and block investment in them.

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Cameron: help me kick Hizbollah out of Europe

By Marcus Dysch, February 7, 2013

David Cameron has asked the Jewish community to help him persuade the European Union to proscribe Hizbollah.

At his meeting last month with the Jewish Leadership Council, the Prime Minister urged its members to “make a noise” and lead a grassroots campaign calling for the EU to take action against the Iranian-backed terror group.

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Bulgaria to prove Hizbollah and Iran behind Burgas attack

By Zoe Winograd, February 5, 2013

Bulgarian officials are expected to provide evidence today that Hizbollah and its ally Iran were behind the suicide attack in Burgas last July. The attack killed five Israeli tourists and the Bulgarian driver of an airport bus.

The Bulgarian government is set to make a public statement today after briefing Israeli officials on the investigation last month.

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Politicians challenge extremism in the European Parliament

By Sandy Rashty, January 24, 2013

Politicians challenged the rise of neo-Nazi and extremist parties in the European Parliament during a Holocaust Memorial Day event on Wednesday.

European Jewish Congress President Moshe Kantor warned that the parliament contained an increasing number of racists and antisemites, reflecting the dramatic rise in antisemitism across Europe.

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European Parliament to officially commemorate Holocaust Remembrance Day

By Anna Sheinman, January 14, 2013

The European Parliament is to hold an official ceremony for International Holocaust Remembrance Day for the first time.

In a letter sent to Rabbi Avi Tawil, President of the European Jewish Community Centre (EJCC), the European Parliament President Martin Schulz officially adopted the remembrance day as part of its ceremonies, the EJCC has said.

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Britain and France push new EU peace plan

By Anna Sheinman, January 14, 2013

The European Union is creating a detailed new plan sponsored by Britain and France to re-start Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, which will include a demand to freeze all construction in the settlements, Yedioth Aharanot reported on Sunday.

The EU plan aims to bring about a Palestinian state on 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital, according to the Israeli newspaper.

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Hague says EU trade sanctions against Israel not an option

By Anna Sheinman, December 4, 2012

Foreign Secretary William Hague has said that European trade sanctions against Israel are not an option, Reuters has reported.

"I don't think there is enthusiasm around the European Union ... about economic sanctions in Europe on Israel. I don't believe there would be anywhere near a consensus nor is that our approach,” Mr Hague said.

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EU considers blocking violent Israeli settlers from entering EU states

By Zoe Winograd, November 27, 2012

The European Union is considering a move to block violent Israeli settlers from entering European Union countries.

A report earlier this year by the consuls general in East Jerusalem and Ramallah asked officials in Brussels to draw up a blacklist of “known violent settlers” who could be forbidden to enter the 27 EU states.

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