American Jewish Congress President Jack Rosen has voiced concern in response to a recent European Union resolution that arrangements between Israel and EU member countries will not apply to Israeli settlements.
“It is deeply unsettling that the European Union and EU member states have proposed a number of measures aimed at sanctioning Israel,” Rosen said, “all the while the Israeli government has made historic accords in strengthening its bond to various European countries, some of which think they can have it both ways.”
Rosen described the resolution as “a slap in the face to the Israeli people, who continue to fear for their lives amid the recent wave of violence that has now loomed over them for nearly four months. Meanwhile, French Jews are being attacked in the streets, and instead of condemning anti-Semitism, officials tell them not to wear yarmulkes in public and support punitive actions against Israel.”
According to Rosen, “The continued accusations against and condemnation of Israel by European officials is unwarranted and unprecedented, as is the degree of rhetorical malice expressed by various European officials.”
“Something must be done to prevent any further damage–whether physical or diplomatic—to Jews in Europe and their countries’ relationships with the Jewish State.”