EJC Condemns Invitation of Hamas to the Council of Europe

The European Jewish Congress is shocked to learn that the Sub-Committee on the Middle East of the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly, presided by President Stef Goris and Vice-President Mikhail Margelov, has taken the initiative to invite delegates from Hamas to a Parliamentary Assembly meeting next week from April 10-13.

Hamas is a terrorist organization that has refused to recognize the existence of the State of Israel, preaches violence and has to this day not shown a willingness to take part in the peace process with Israel.

The President of the European Jewish Congress Pierre Besnainou declared,
“I am shocked that the Council of Europe, an organization committed to human rights created on the post-war ashes of the Holocaust, could deviate at this point from its fundamental principles by becoming the first European institution to welcome terrorists in a building dedicated to tolerance, dialogue, understanding and peace.”

The President of the Parliamentary Assembly Rene van der Liden must exercise his authority to demand the refusal of access to his building to those who have not yet renounced terrorism, recognized the right of Israel to exist within its secure borders and have yet to honour previous Israeli-Palestinian agreements of the past decade.

related

Subscribe to EJC newsletter

Get EJC's bi-weekly newsletter, including the latest statements and news from the European Jewish communities, direct to your inbox.

European Jewish Congress will use the information you provide on this form to contact you. We will treat your information with respect and will not share it with others. By clicking Subscribe, you agree that we may process your information in accordance with these terms.

Statements

EJC rejects claims accusing incoming EU Council President António Costa of antisemitism

The EJC and its Portuguese affiliate, the Jewish Community of Lisbon, express their absolute rejection of attempts to impute antisemitic intent to the Costa government's actions in tightening regulations on the granting of Portuguese citizenship to descendants of Sephardic Jews.