2005-12-09 / Community

Weiner: Stop Anti-Israel Report

Representative Anthony Weiner has called on the European Commission to immediately reject a report issued by European Union representatives in Ramallah, challenging Israel’s right to claim Jerusalem as its capital and pushing anti-Israel and pro Palestinian policies. The report challenges Israel’s right to claim Jerusalem as its capital and accuses Israel of trying to push Palestinian residents out of Jerusalem. The report calls Israeli presence in its own capital city “de facto annexation of Palestinian land.”

European Union officials also suggest moving official meetings with the Palestinians back to East Jerusalem from Ramallah. To maintain safety and security Israel shut down all Palestinian Authority institutions in East Jerusalem, after a terrorist attack in 2001.

In a letter sent today to Jose Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, Weiner joined by eight bi-partisan members of Congress demanded that Israel’s territorial right to Jerusalem be affirmed and EU representatives in the region be prohibited from statements or actions that jeopardize peace.

“Our European friends seem bent on being worse than unhelpful to the peace and stability of the region,” said Weiner. “In a reflection of either a short memory or a woeful misunderstanding of the notion of national sovereignty, the EU has adopted a position that is supported by only the most anti-Israel elements”

In 2001 the United States Congress passed the Israeli Capital Recognition Act, authored by Weiner, which requires the State Department to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Following the 1967 Arab-Israeli war, Israel rightfully annexed East Jerusalem and promised that the holy city would never again be divided.

Also signed onto the letter are Reps. Janice Schakowsky (D-IL), Mark Steven Kirk (R-IL), Joseph Crowley (D-NY), Steven Rothman (D-NJ), Michael McNulty (D-NY), Howard Berman (D-CA), Shelley Berkley (D-NV) and Robert Andrews (D-NJ).

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