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Save the date! Conference on Judea and Samaria in the European Parliament


Dear friends of Judea and Samaria group in the European Parliament,

You are cordially invited to the conference organised by MEP Branislav Skripek.

The conference – Coexistence does exist! Discover the true face of Judea & Samaria will take place on 4th of September 2018  at 10:30 – 13:00 in the European Parliament ASP1E-2 in Brussels.

Special guest: Aharon Leshno-Ya’ar, Israel’s Ambassador to the EU and NATO


MEP Branislav Skripek, President of ECPM

Yossi Dagan, Chairman of Shomron Regional Council)

MEP Fulvio Martusciello, Chair of the EU-Israel Delegation

MEP Jiri Payne, Co-chair of the friends of Judea & Samaria Group in the European Parliament

Wim Kortenoeven, Dutch author, Middle-East specialist

Jewish and Arab businessman about their cooperation in Judea & Samaria

and other speakers

Group of Friends of Judea and Samaria in the European Parliament


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Call on Jerusalem resolution in the EP

Dear friends of Judea and Samaria in the European Parliament,

Yesterday, during our meeting, I introduced a motion for a resolution to recognise Jerusalem as capital of Israel in the EP. You may find the motion for resolution below.

Members interested to co-sign it are welcomed to do so until 1st March 2018.

Motion for a European Parliament resolution on recognising Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel

 The European Parliament – having regard to the US decision of 6 December 2017 to recognise Jerusalem as the capital city of Israel, – having regard to the Judeo-Christian roots of European civilization, – having regard to the fact that the State of Israel is the only natural ally of the European civilisation in the Middle East, – having regard to the fact that the European Union in its Common Foreign Policy, takes co-responsibility for the inhuman treatment of Jewish communities and their members during World War II,

1. Recalls that, for at least three thousand years, there have been efforts by some people in the Middle East, to complete the extermination of the Jewish population from the surface of the Earth,

2. Recalls that Jerusalem was the historic seat of the Kings of Israel,

3. Recalls that it is a duty of the European Union to defend the best traditions of European history, including respect for the freedom of others, respect for opinion, pluralism and equality, and fair competition,

4. Recalls that Israel is the only state in the Middle East with a pluralist democratic political structure,

5. Rejects the European Union’s cynical value-free foreign policy,

6. Notes that soulless welfare must not be the sole goal of the Common Foreign Policy,

7. Recalls that ever since 1949, Jerusalem has been the seat of the executive, legislative, and judicial power of the State of Israel,

8. Recalls an act approved by the Knesset in 1980 declared Jerusalem as the capital of Israel,

9. States that the State of Israel has the right to decide on its capital city,

10. States that the Israeli Government and other constitutional authorities of the State of Israel (including the Knesset since 1949) are based in Jerusalem,

11. States that the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in no way interferes with the coexistence of Judaism, Christianity and Islam,

12. States that peace talks have shown no progress for a long time and are not conducive to peaceful coexistence,

13. States that Israel is the only state in the Middle East that guarantees religious freedom for Jews, Christians and Muslims,

14. States that Europe is not and cannot remain neutral towards its values without betraying the roots of its own civilization,

15. States that loyalty to our own tradition is not an obstacle to religious tolerance, intercultural dialogue and must not be an obstacle to seeking a peaceful settlement,

16. Calls on the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel according to the 1967 demarcation line on behalf of the European Union.


Jiří Payne, MEP



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Meeting Invitation – Judea and Samaria Group

Dear MEPs, dear friends of Judea and Samaria Group in the EP,


You are cordially invited to a meeting which will take place on 17 January in the EP, S2.2 in Strasbourg.

During the meeting will be presented and discussed new initiatives and projects. Especially a discussion on recognition of Jerusalem as the capital city of Israel.


I look forward to seeing you at the meeting.

Best regards,

Jiří Payne, MEP



Group of Friends of Judea and Samaria in the European Parliament





Declaration Signed

Declaration of the Friends of Judea and Samaria in the European Parliament signed


We hereby declare the establishment of the „Group of Friends of Judea and Samaria“ in the EuropeanParliament, whose aim is to strengthen Israel as a friend of European democracies. For this purpose, we will act according to the following principles:

  • to put an end to the labeling of Jewish manufactured products per se which, in actuality means marking Jewish businesses and Jews as human beings and is prejudiced against residents of Judea and Samaria in all aspects. Therefore, we will work to rectify this injustice committed by the European Union in its discrimination against and labeling of products manufactured in the areas of Judea and Samaria, done by levying tariffs on those products.
  • to combat the de-legitimization created by organizations such as B.D.S. by seemingly requesting to aid the Palestinians, but in actuality, are just perpetuating the worst of Israel’s enemies – those who continue to spread libels in the „best“ tradition of the most shameful anti-Semitism, with the intention of undermining the rights of Jews to exist as a free people in their land, and who use anti-Semitism against all Jews in the world and in the State of Israel, with the emphasis (at this point in history) on the residents of Judea and Samaria.
  • to fight malicious initiatives that harm the fragile human make up and the daily co-existence prevalent in the industrial regions throughout Judea and Samaria, of all people regardless of religion, race or gender – people who share common employment and livelihood.
  • to fight every process – legislative or otherwise – initiated in the European Parliament whose aim is to harm any part of Israel and its citizens arising from pressure by extremist organizations and are nourished by false propaganda distorting reality, or by bodies disguised as civil rights organizations, but actually work hand-in-hand with fundamentalist terrorists, Hamas and Hezbollah style.
  • to uncover Arab terrorist activity, to which the European tax money innocently flows. An example of this is the erection of monuments exalting the names of murderers of Jews, supporting sports teams named after murderers, payment of benefits to „survivors“ who lost family members as „shahidim“ – martyrs, or who have been imprisoned for performing acts of terrorism and murdering innocent people, mainly women, the elderly and children in Israel.
  • to work towards full transparency for everything relating to the European taxpayers‘ money, which flows freely without any supervision for the use of the Palestinian Authority, and towards the end of the European cash flow that contributes to incitement against Jews, Israel and Zionism in Palestinian schools.

We call on all the members of the European Parliament to support the strengthening of the Jewish People in the State of Israel, and the ensuring of its continued existence by stopping legislation and activity detrimental to the only democracy in the Middle East, and that strengthens terrorist organizations.

We call out to Arabs and to those among them who call themselves Palestinians – despite their relentless blood libel accusations against the State of Israel and their constant attacks of Israel – to keep the peace and to work peacefully and ensure the ability of each individual – Jew and Arab – to live in the Middle East, the State of Israel, and especially in the Judea and Samaria regions.

Brussels, 28th of March 2017

Signed: Supporters of the Group of Friends of Judea and Samaria in the European Parliament

Members Who Support Our Goals


Vote Alert – December 2016

Vote Alert – Friends of Judea and Samaria

Important information on tomorrow´s vote on Isreal

Dear member,

In this email I inform you about a forthcoming vote relating to Judea/Samaria issue.

On Wednesday 14/12 at noon there is a vote on the report “Implementation of the Common Foreign and Security Policy” (Elmar Brok)

It includes this paragraph 48:

  1. Highlights the need to achieve a two-state solution to the conflict in the Middle East – based on the parameters set out in the Council Conclusions of July 2014 – that guarantees a secure state of Israel and a viable Palestinian state on the basis of the 1967 borders and resolves all permanent status issues in order to end the conflict; calls on the EU to assume its responsibility and to become a genuine actor and facilitator in the diplomatic process; calls on the EU institutions and Member States to take urgent steps to protect the viability of the two-state solution and to create a positive dynamic towards genuine peace negotiations; calls on the Israeli authorities to immediately halt and reverse their settlement policy; stresses that respect for international human rights and humanitarian law by all parties and in all circumstances remains an essential precondition for achieving a just and lasting peace; stresses the importance of ensuring the coherence of EU policy as regards situations involving the occupation or annexation of territory;

Source: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=REPORT&reference=A8-2016-0360&language=EN


According to my opinion as it calls on the creation of a Palestinian state “on the basis of the 1967 borders” this paragraph ignores the reality and arrangement achieved in Judea and Samaria by Israel and the Palestinian Authority. It also calls on „the two-state solution“ while according to my opinion it should be left to Israelis and Palestinians to find a proper solution of their conflict.

Therefore I will vote against this paragraph and I will vote against the whole report if the paragraph passes.


Petr Mach

MACH Petr - 8th Parliamentary term
MACH Petr – 8th Parliamentary term

Group of Friends of Judea and Samaria

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First Working Meeting in Brussels

Friends of Judea and Samaria will meet for a working meeting in the European Parliament in Brussels on Tuesday 15th of November 2016 at 10:00 in the room ASP 7H1 in the main building of the European Parliament.

(Best access is to go to the 7th floor by elevators close to the MEPs front office and registry. )

Currently there are eleven MEPs –  supporting the group – who are cordialy welcome to the working meeting:

Members Who Support Our Goals

“Our goal is to save European taxpayers money on the one hand and to save lives and jobs of people in Judea and Samaria on the other hand. For this purpose we put together friends of Judea and Samaria in the European Parliament,” says Petr Mach, MEP elected in the Czech Republic.