Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Erekat Czech-mated

Guess what?

If you visit a Jewish community in Judea and Samaria, across the Green Line, you aren't evil.

Yachad UK does it:

Last week the first such group of 10 British Jews, mainly lawyers, organized by London-based group Yachad, arrived in Israel for a tour of West Bank settlements, Palestinian villages and East Jerusalem. There were meetings with activists, academics, officials and civilians on all sides of the divide

And the Czech ambassador did it and rejected criticism:

Czech ambassador to Israel Tomas Pojar did not act in contradiction with EU positions when he visited the Israeli settlement Ariel in the West Bank last week where he advocated them, Pojar told CTK today.

Pojar has come under the criticism of Palestinian authorities for having visited the university in the Jewish settlement of Ariel in the West Bank.  Palestinian chief peace negotiator Saeb Erekat sent a letter to this effect to High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton.

Pojar said his conduct had not breached the EU positions in any way. On the contrary, he advocated them, he added...Pojar said he had not known about the Palestinian complaint.

"First, I do not know about it. Second, I advocated and explained the positions of the EU and the Czech Republic there," Pojar told CTK, adding that he had not supported any concrete cooperation in the place.

He said he had found out that "there was no cooperation between Czech universities and the [Ariel] university...'Ariel is in the news, and I wanted to see for myself what the situation is, and how the university functions."  Pojar said, he had "openly discussed the European Union and the Czech Republic’s positions regarding the settlement issue.”...

Come and visit, one and all.

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