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Sunday, September 19, 2010

Holland cancels tour by Israeli local council heads because Judea and Samaria leaders included

Holland has canceled a scheduled visit next month by Israeli local council heads on the ground that the delegation includes local council heads from Judea and Samaria.
The reason given for the cancellation was EU policy supporting the extension of the 'settlement freeze.' The participants included head of 30 small local councils, with up to 20,000 residents, including Kfar Shmaryahu, Savyon, Kfar Vradim, as well as Beit Aryeh, Har Adar, Kiryat Arba, Oranit, Beit El, Elkana, Efrat and a number of Arab communities.

Efrat Council head Oded Revivi told Ynet, "The Dutch determined the borders of the State of Israel, that there are no authorities in Judea and Samaria and that the composition of the delegation is unacceptable to them. So we're all staying here."

Revivi added that he "would not recommend foreign countries to intervene, definitely not in an educational tour. They can voice their opinion on the negotiations, but this interference is inappropriate."

As part of the preparations, the Joint Distribution Committee contacted Holland's embassy in Israel, which asked to receive the list of passengers. At this stage, the Dutch Foreign Ministry has ordered the Union of Local Authorities in Israel to suspend the preparations until the matter is looked into.


The Dutch government, in line with the European Union's official stance, supports the settlement construction freeze and therefore finds it difficult to host heads of communities located beyond the Green line.

The matter was also discussed by officials in the Israeli and Dutch foreign ministries. According to knowledgeable sources, the Israeli ambassador made it clear to Holland that there would be no change in the group's composition and that all the council heads will take part in the tour – or else it would be called off.

The ambassador also clarified that asking to delay the visit was like canceling it.
This is the second time that the group's trip has been canceled. They were first scheduled to visit Spain, but that trip was canceled after the flotilla incident at the end of May.

Israel's foreign ministry has expressed its disappointment with the cancellation.

There's a Facebook page protesting the cancellation.

It's sure tough for an Israeli bureaucrat to get an official vacation these days, isn't it?


At 10:49 PM, Blogger Lois Koenig said...

Carl, when I think of how the country where Ann Frank (HY"D) and her family lived,after getting out of Germany in 1933, and that the annex where her family was hidden, at the risk of death to the Righteous Gentiles who tried to save them, is now a museum? It hurts to now see Holland turn into a participating member of Eurabia. But they are not alone, as Scandinavia, the UK..name it, are also doing the same thing while survivors of the Shoah are still alive and see this nightmare seem to be returning.

Will the Jews in these countries remember, and instead of waiting for the inevitable, make Aliya, and be safe?

At 11:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know why everyone is so surprised by the antisemitism in the Netherlands. I just read a book that detailed how the Dutch happily turned over their Jews to the Nazis. In fact I believe the nation with the lowest percentage of surviving Jews was Holland. Their moniker of tolerance apparently doesn't pertain to Jews at the time of the Holocaust and it doesn't pertain to them now.

At 3:18 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

Nowadays, if a Jew is living in the "wrong" place in Israel, he's not welcome in Europe. Its on a par with Gideon Levy's rant the revanants are "useless" because they have no industry or culture of any kind. Wasn't that what the Nazis once said of the Jews?

The more things change...

At 3:27 AM, Blogger Alexander Maccabee said...

One more reason to support Geert Wilders, no?

At 6:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

NY Nana, read what "Independent Patriot" wrote.

The Dutch were some of the worst when it came to handing their Jews over to the Nazis.

Buh-bye, Holland.


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