Tienduizenden wonen de begrafenis van de franse slachtoffers bij in Jerusalem 13 jan 2015Op de begrafenis van de vier slachtoffers – van de Parijse terreuraanval – in Givat-Shaul te Jerusalem hebben de Erevoorzitters van het FORUM, Eli Ringer en Kouky Frohmann de rouwbetuigingen overgebracht van de Belgische Joodse gemeenschap.

Na de plechtigheid werd de Belgische delegatie ontvangen in de Knesset voor een onderhoud met Yuli Edelstein, voorzitter van de Knesset.

Nadien hadden ze eveneens een onderhoud met Dr. Eran Lerman, Nationaal afgevaardigde van de Veiligheidsraad en Internationale Zaken in Israël en Minister Zeev Elkin, afgevaardigde van Buitelandse Zaken en Defensiecomité van de Knesset.

Hierover meer in het artikel van The Jerusalem Post: “Edelstein meets with European Jewish leaders and clarifies that the enemy is not Islam, but radical Islam.” Zie hierbij uittreksels van het artikel met het interview van Erevoorzitter Eli Ringer …


JPost: By SAM SOKOL, LAHAV HARKOV 01/13/2015:

“… Speaking at a meeting of twenty European Jewish leaders at the Knesset Tuesday afternoon following the funeral of the four Jews killed during last week’s hostage crisis at Paris’ HyperCacher market, Joel Margi, president of the Consistoire, the umbrella organization of Jewish congregations in France, said the support from other Jewish communities gives French Jewry strength.
“We are in a difficult situation, and it is hard to describe how afraid our children are to go to Jewish schools in France,” he said. “In the past, we said we don’t need Israel’s help. The opposite was true; we supported Israel. The situation changed and today the Jews of France need the State of Israel’s help.”[Y. Zeliger]

In response to Margi’s remarks, Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein said that that Israel helps the Diaspora with great support from Israelis.

“This is a visit of solidarity,” Edelstein said, “that proves again, unfortunately under tragic circumstances, that all of Israel is responsible for one another.'”

The world must understand that terrorism is terrorism, no matter who perpetrates it, Edelstein added.

“We were all shocked by what happened and disturbed by why what it means,” he said. “I am happy that Jewish communities felt solidarity, which I know all citizens of Israel feel.”

Edelstein expressed hope that the world will better understand that “terror is terror; there is no difference between terrorism by the Islamic State or by Hamas.”

The Knesset Speaker clarified that the enemy is not Islam, but radical Islam, and as such, there must be a dialogue with those who are willing to listen. At the same time, he said, the world must fight uncompromisingly against terrorism. …”

“… Eli Ringer, the immediate past president of Belgium’s Forum der Joodse Organisaties and a member of the European Jewish delegation organized by the Israeli Jewish Congress,said that he believed that statements describing France as dangerous to Jews and the concomitant calls for mass immigration to Israel could have negative repercussions.

Speaking with the Jerusalem Post from the cemetery following the state funeral of Yohan Cohen, Philippe Braham, François-Michel Saada and Yoav Hattab, Ringer said that he feared that statements warning Jews to flee the diaspora could conceivably embolden Islamic extremists and even lead to further violence in some cases.

“We are, of course, are very thankful for Israel’s solidarity with all of the Jewish communities all over the world but I think if they would like to be more efficient they should change their message a little bit,” he said.

While Ringer said that he believed that “it’s very important that every Jew should make aliya,” he thought that such statements could create an impression that attacks are pushing the Jews out and that those who would engage in violence will say “lovely, great, we won” and redouble their efforts.

“Saying ‘you are in danger,’ this is a false message,” he said.

Ringer suggested the establishment of pan-European Jewish body, divorced from day to day community politics, that would focus exclusively on anti-Semitism, explaining that the only hope for Jewish security lays in unity.

Ringer reiterated the disappointment many of the continent’s Jews felt when the European Parliament failed to establish a task force on anti-Semitism despite initial support by a significant number of legislators. This showed a lack of understanding of the severity of the issue of anti-Semitism, many Jewish leaders said at the time.

And while security will increase, Europeans still do not understand the importance of facing up to the threat of radical Islam as an ideology, Ringer believes.Kouky Frohmann en Eli Ringer met voorzitter van de Knesset Y. Edelstein [Y. Zeliger]

According to Albalas, Israel and Diaspora communities should cooperate on issues of security, but there remains a place for Jewish communities abroad.

Volledig artikel: http://www.jpost.com/Diaspora/French-Jewish-leader-says-his-people-need-Israels-help-387646 – PDF versie

Fotogalerij: Klik op de foto’s hieronder voor volledige weergave (Copyright Y. Zeliger): {Gallery dir=’Jerusalem_Funeral-Knesset-visit_after-Paris-attacks-13-jan-2015′}
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Updated: 15/01/2015