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March 28, 2014 10:57 am

Belgian Lawmakers Visit Judea and Samaria

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The Jewish community of Beit El in Judea and Samaria. Credit: Yaakov via Wikimedia Commons.

JNS.orgA delegation of Belgian parliamentarians visited Judea and Samaria on Thursday as guests of the Shomron Regional Council. The visit was coordinated by the council’s foreign relations committee.

During the visit, delegation head Senator Anke Vandermeersch noted that she was “surprised to see how different the reality here is compared to what we are shown by the European media,” Israel Hayom reported.

Vandermeersch, a 1992 Miss Universe finalist, agreed to head pro-Israel public diplomacy efforts in Belgium and in the European Parliament, in an effort to counter anti-Israel boycott campaigns.

“This is another important step for the settlement enterprise and for the State of Israel,” Shomron Regional Council head Gershon Mesika said.

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  • Bjorn

    It’s nice to read that a Belgian politician is visiting Judea and Samaria with an open mind, but be careful whom you cheer for. Ms. Vandermeersch may be a former Miss Universe contestant, but she is also a member of the Vlaams Belang, an extreme right anti-imigrant party that has its roots in Nazi collaboration.

  • Sidney BERNEMAN

    This is a piece of bad journalism. The parliamentarians, whom you seem to praise, are all members of an extreme-right political party, which is virulently anti-islam, homophobic and anti-semitic. In the European parliament they cohabit with negationists. Your article can only further harm Israel’s image with the European public opinion!

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