Parlementariërs met een warm hart voor Israël maakten deze week een reis naar dat land op uitnodiging van de Knesset Christian Allies Foundation.
Deze reis is bijna een traditie geworden tijdens het Loofhuttenfeest.
Uit Nederland waren aanwezig Tweede Kamerlid Kees van der Staaij en Europarlementariër Bas Belder, beiden van de SGP.
Hoor Josh Reinstein, de directeur van de Knesset Christian Allies Foundation, afgelopen dinsdag over de reis die de parlementariërs maakten:
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De parlementariërs namen de volgende resolutie aan. Zij vragen daarin onder een strengere toezicht op de VN-organisatie voor Palestijnse vluchtelingen UNRWA.
Israel Allies Foundation Chairman Conference, Jerusalem
Whereas, members of the Jewish, Christian, and other faiths recognize the unique, historic and spiritual significance of the Land of Israel and the City of Jerusalem to the Jewish People;
Whereas, Hamas, a terrorist organization, continues to use the local population as human shields in its stated objective of obliterating the State of Israel;
Whereas, multiple reports during this summer’s conflict in Gaza show that Hamas stored weapons in and gained access to UNRWA schools in the Gaza Strip;
Whereas, UNRWA officials reportedly handed over these weapons to Hamas;
Whereas, religious minorities are being murdered, tortured, raped and incarcerated by radical Islamist groups like ISIS, based solely on their religious beliefs;
Whereas, the State of Israel serves as a model for religious freedom throughout the Middle East;
Whereas, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has declared any future Palestinian state will not have “a single Israeli;” while the State of Israel has freedom and rights for all its minorities, regardless of faith and ethnicity.
Whereas, Jerusalem has been the political and religious capital of the Jewish people, since the days of King David, 3,000 years ago;
Whereas, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has introduced a UN resolution calling upon Israel’s full withdrawal from all lands that were claimed during the 1967 Six-Day War;
Be it Resolved that the signers:
1. Call upon UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon to investigate allegations of UNRWA’s complicity with Hamas’s terrorist activity during this summer’s conflict in Gaza.
2. Shall work to ensure that further funding to UNRWA by our governments will be conditioned on full transparency and accounting for the appropriation of any such funding.
3. Support Israel’s right as a sovereign state to defend its citizens against terrorist attacks from within and across its borders.
4. Affirm Israel’s right to live within safe and secure borders.
5. Call upon the United Nations to reject the resolution issued by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas calling upon Israel’s full withdrawal to the 1967 lines.
6. Urge the UN not to support the creation of any state which does not respect the rights of minority populations.
7. Deplore the widespread persecution of Christians and other minorities throughout the Middle East. We urge the international community and the region’s leaders to take a firm stand against this religious persecution and to take action against the assailants in these violent and barbaric attacks.
8. Agree that any peace agreement must be resolved through direct negotiations between Israel and Palestinian representatives.
9. Recognize that Jerusalem remain the eternal, undivided capital of Israel and the Jewish People.
Jerusalem, October 14, 2014