In advance of a conference on “how to stop the radicalization in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict” and the road to long-lasting peace, IAF Europe Executive Director Leo van Doesburg said, “There is no peace possible in the shadow of radicalization.” The event, to be held on Wednesday in the European Parliament in Brussels, is expected to be attended by hundreds of parliamentarians from European countries, Christian leaders, and NGO representatives. The conference is spearheaded by IAF Europe and MPs Bert-Jan Ruissen and Cristian Terheș. Knesset Christian Allies Caucus Co-Chair Sharren Haskel will be the keynote speaker. Haskel expressed concern about the violent extremism and radicalization that begins in the Palestinian education system, adding that a new level of scrutiny must be applied to the EU’s aid to the Palestinian Authority.
In September, the Georg Eckert Institute found instances of antisemitic content in Palestinian schoolbooks, as was found in previous studies. Van Doesburg said the EU should compel the PA to discontinue its pay-for-slay program and combat the dissemination of antisemitism. The conference will address these issues and how to “halt radicalization by taking away the breeding grounds for radicalization both in Palestinian territories as well as in the EU.” The IAF coordinates 52 Israel Allies Caucuses and opened a new office in the Netherlands to extend the IAF network and empower IAF chairpersons from European countries and the European Parliament.