Friday, 14 October 2016 | For the first time ever, a delegation of dozens of members of parliament (MP) from around the world will tour the city of Hebron; meet with Israeli government ministers and other leading characters in the Israeli political and financial arena; and celebrate with 5,000 Christian supporters of Israel. The MPs serve as Chairs and/or members of the Israel Allies Caucus in their local parliaments. They will meet with leading Israeli government representatives, including ministers.
In order to gain a better understanding about the history Jerusalem, the MPs will take a geopolitical tour of Jerusalem in which they will visit Kalandia check post, Tomb of Samuel lookout point, Tel El Ful, Mount Scopus and more. A special panel, regarding that topic will take place later on, hosted by Israeli MKs who serve as members in the Knesset Christian Allies Caucus.
This will be the first time that such a large and influential delegation of MPs tour Hebron, visiting the Cave of the Patriarchs, Hebron Museum in Hadassah house and Tel Rumida lookout point.
MPs attending the conference include: MEP Bas Belder, who serves as the Chairman of the Israel Allies Caucus in the European Parliament. MEP Belder is also The Vice-Chairman of the delegation for the relations between the European Parliament and Israel; Italian Senator Lucio Malan, who earlier this year passed a bill prohibiting Holocaust denial; MP Kees van der Staaij who passed a bill in The Netherlands preventing the funding of BDS organizations; MP Kenneth Meshoe from South Africa who strongly opposes the claim that Israel is an apartheid state. There will also be MPs from the following countries at the conference: Denmark, Finland, Latvia, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Lithuania, Slovakia, Greece, Portugal, Brazil, Uruguay, Costa Rica, Chile, and Malawi.
The Israel Allies Foundation (IAF) is an umbrella organization that coordinates the activities of 35 pro-Israel caucuses in parliaments throughout the U.S., Europe, Latin America, Africa, Asia and Australia. The organization aims to promote communication and information sharing between parliamentarians and legislators around the world who share a belief that the State of Israel has the right to exist in peace, within secure borders.
Posted on October 13, 2016
Source: (Excerpt of article published by the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs on 9 October 2016. Time-related language has been modified to reflect our republication today. See original article at this link.)
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