“For me as a non-Jew, Israel is about freedom, is about development and is about an example to our member states on how to make a living and facing existential threats every single day,” says Italian Member of the European Parliament Fulvio Martusciello, who has led the EU Parliament’s delegation for relations with Israel since 2014.
The goal of the delegation is to foster ties with Israel on the parliamentary level, but Martusciello has gone beyond this. In 2017, he added an anti-BDS clause to the EU report on commercial competition, underlining “the need to fight against unfair collective boycotts, defined as a situation in which a group of competitors agree to exclude an actual or potential competitor, as restrictions of competition by object.”
Though the EU is often perceived as hostile to Israel, Martusciello argues it does not have to be this way. “I believe that if we tell people in Europe about the real Israel,” he says, “its image will change and relations with the various countries will improve.” (Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons.)