Anti-Israel bigotry and bias Benjamin Weinthal

BELGIAN LEFTIST MEP HOLDS ANTI-ISRAEL PANEL EVENT IN EU PARLIAMENT…….LIES AND DAMNED LIES

 

The whole BDS campaign leveled against Israel rests on providing lies and misinformation to an ignorant Western audience. That’s it in a nut shell.

The full scoop on who owns what land in Israel from the CAMERA organization:

Today, of the total land in Israel, 79.5% is owned by the government, 14% is privately owned by the JNF, and the rest, around 6.5%, is evenly divided between private Arab and Jewish owners. Thus, the ILA administers 93.5% of the land in Israel (Government Press Office, Israel, 22 May 1997).

The Elder of Ziyon has good figures to look over here as well.

Socialist MEP from Belgium hold anti-Israel event over Beduin policy

By BENJAMIN WEINTHAL, JERUSALEM POST CORRESPONDENT
10/20/2013 02:05

Israeli diplomat slams panel for exploiting Beduin as a Boycott, Sanctions, Divestment tactic against Israel.

Attendees at a seminar on ‘Beduin in the Naqab/Negev: Dreams and Nightmare’ in Brussels on Thursday.

Attendees at a seminar on ‘Beduin in the Naqab/Negev: Dreams and Nightmare’ in Brussels on Thursday. Photo: Courtesy

BERLIN – The Socialists and Democrats Group in the European Parliament on Thursday prevented an Israeli official from participating in panel discussion on the Israeli Beduin community, which degenerated into a anti-Israel hate festival, Israeli diplomats said.

Véronique De Keyser, a socialist MEP from Belgium, led the seminar sponsored by the group titled “Beduin in the Naqab/Negev: Dreams and Nightmare.”

David Saranga, head of Israel’s European Parliament Liaison Department Mission to the European Union in Brussels, told The Jerusalem Post on Saturday evening that during the event, organizers displayed a poster saying: “Stop Prawer-Begin Plan, no ethnic cleansing of Palestinian Beduin.”

He criticized the panel for exploiting the Beduin as a Boycott, Sanctions, Divestment tactic against Israel.

In a letter to European Parliament President Martin Schulz and Socialist group President Hannes Swoboda, Israeli Ambassador to the EU David Walzer wrote: “It is unacceptable that a poster accusing Israel of ‘ethnic cleansing’ toward the Beduin population in the Negev was used during the event hosted by the S&D Group. Europeans and Israelis are fully aware of the possible consequences of the irresponsible use of such words. I hope that you would agree with us that this is certainly not the best way to handle a constructive dialogue on ‘the state of play of the Prawer-Begin Plan.’” Israel plans to develop the Negev for new residential communities and military bases. The Prawer- Begin Plan seeks to regulate Arab settlement in the Negev by legalizing ownership to 63 percent of land claimed by Beduin, to compensate them with land and cash and work to improve their standard of living.

Schulz has not issued a response.

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