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Newsletter No.254, 13 September 2015
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Israeli political leaders - including opposition Zionist Union- sharply criticize EU parliament resolution on labelling of settlements products
JERUSALEM (EJP)---Israeli leaders from both sides of the political divide, sharply criticised a non-binding European Parliament vote of a resolution calling for labelling goods produced beyond Israel's pre-1967 borders.
Israeli foreign ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nachshon said that the move was a ''discriminatory'' and ''it has the smell of a boycott.
The resolution on the European Union's role in the Middle East, welcomes the EU's commitment ''in the spirit of differentiation between Israel and its activities in the occupied Palestinian Territory' to ensure that all agreements between Israel and the EU "must unequivocally and explicitly indicate their inapplicability to the territories occupied by Israel in 1967," including the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights.
9 out of 28 EU countries voted in favor of Palestinian flag flying at UN headquarters, others abstained
NEW YORK (EJP)---France, Sweden, Italy, Spain, Ireland, Slovenia, Luxembourg, Belgium and Malta were the only EU member states to vote in favor of a proposal to allow the Palestinian flag to fly at the United Nations (UN) headquarters in New York, even though Palestine isn't a UN member state.
All other EU countries - including Britain, Germany, the Baltic and most of the East European states- abstained.
The vote at the UN General Assembly on Thursday saw the proposal overwhelmingly approved by 119 votes in favor out of 193 UN members. 45 abstained.
Netanyahu in London : 'I am ready to resume direct negotiations with the Palestinians with no conditions whatsoever and I'm willing to do so immediately."
LONDON (EJP)---Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told his British counterpart David Cameron that he is ready to return to peace talks with the Palestinians ''''without pre-conditions, during their meeting at 10 Downing Street on Thursday.
''I'm willing right now, without any preconditions, any preconditions whatsoever, to sit down with President Abbas and negotiate this peace. Anytime, anywhere, now, without preconditions,'' he said.
Israel views EU labeling of settlement products as 'unfair and very grave'
BRUSSELS (EJP)---As EU Council President Donald Tusk starts Tuesday a two-day visit to Israel, Jerusalem voiced strong opposition during a high-level diplomatic meeting with the EU over its plans to label goods produced beyond the Green Line, a step which is viewed as ''very grave'', Israeli diplomatic officialsquoted by The Jerusalem Post said.
Over the weekend, at an informal meeting of EU Foreign Ministers in Luembourg, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said that the EU was close to finalizing guidelines for labeling products coming from Israeli settlements.
"The work of the committee dealing with the issue is coming to a close - these are the last steps before we submit the conclusions," she told reporters after the meeting.
Outspoken anti-Israel politician elected as leader of British Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn has described Hezbollah and Hamas as 'friends'
LONDON (EJP)---Outspoken anti-Israel politician, Jeremy Corbyn, has been overwhelmingly elected as leader of the opposition Labour Party.
The result was announced at a special conference this afternoon after months of at times bitter campaigning that brought warnings from party grandees of catastrophic consequences for the party if Corbyn emerged victorious.
During the election campaign, Jewish community leaders had expressed concerns amid countless revelations about Corbyn's defense of or decision to share platforms with various extremists and anti-Semites. Known as one of the Parliament's most outspoken critics of Israel, he has described Hamas and Hezbollah - terror groups committed to destroying Israel - as "friends" - explaining it as "a term of diplomacy as an aid to dialogue rather than...an endorsement of a set of views".
Donald Tusk in Jerusalem : 'The European Union is Israel's friend and partner in good times and in bad times'
JERUSALEM (EJP)---''The European Union is Israel's friend and partner in good times and in bad times,'' European Council President Donald Tusk said Tuesday as he was meeting with Israeli Prime Ministerin Jerusalem.
''Maybe what I say is different from the picture that some try to paint. But when you look at the facts, I am sure you will agree with me,'' he added.
He stressed that EU-Israel relations ''are among the most developed with a non-European country.'
Ahead of Jewish New Year, Europe's leaders reaffirm their commitment to fight anti-Semitism
BRUSSELS (EJP)---Europe's leaders reaffirm their commitment to fight the wave of anti-Semitic acts that have blighted cities across the European Union and to reinforce ties with the Jewish communities, in their greetings to Rabbi Menachem Margolin, General Director of the European Jewish Association (EJA), ahead of the celebrations of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, which will begin in the evening of next Sunday.
Messages of support and solidarity were led by French President Francois Hollande, who departed from the secular protocol of the French Republic to send his new year wishes to European Jewry, whilst offering his firm commitment to fight "against all words and acts of an anti-Semitic nature, and to allow everyone to live together, without exception, with the same values of freedom, tolerance and community".
Brutal anti-Semitic attack against four Jewish youths in Manchester
LONDON (EJP)---A brutal anti-Semitic attack at a train stop in Manchester left a 17-year-old Jewish boy beaten unconscious and several others injured, the Jewish News reported.
Three other Jews - two 18-year-olds and a 20-year-old - were also injured in the assault.
Police, who are treating the incident as an anti-Semitic attack, say three men approached the four victims then verbally and physically assaulted them.
Iran nuclear deal: Republicans vow to continue opposing it following Senate defeat
WASHINGTON (EJP)---Republican opponents of the nuclear deal with Iran suffered a major blow as they failed to muster enough support in the US Senate to force a vote on the agreement.
The deal, which will see sanctions on Iran gradually lifted in return for a decade-long cessation of nuclear development, has been heavily criticised by Republican lawmakers and some Democrats.
US Congress was permitted a 60-day period to review the accord and its critics had hoped to gather enough support to reject the deal and override a presidential veto.