European Parliament Member Bastiaan Belder Tours the Negev 758X530 .
(photo credit: KKL-JNF)
meeting with local dignitaries and touring KKL-JNF sites in the Negev in the wake of Operation Protective Edge.
“It’s important for as many European and world leaders as possible to come here and acquire a better understanding of what Israel is dealing with,” said Mr Belder, who is known to be sympathetic towards Israel. “It’s easy to criticize from a thousand kilometers away, but when you’re actually here on the spot the situation looks entirely different.”
Among the public figures European MP Bastiaan Belder met while in Israel were Shlomi Vayzer of KKL-JNF’s Board of Directors, Avi Dickstein, KKL-JNF Executive Director of the Resources, Development and Public Relations Division, and representatives of the Israeli Foreign Ministry and the Netherlands Embassy to Israel.
On the first day of the tour he took part in a moving tree planting ceremony at the Anne Frank Memorial. This site, created in memory of the Jewish teenager from Amsterdam who was murdered by the Nazis, was established by KKL-JNF in Martyrs Forest in the Jerusalem Corridor. Later, during his tour of southern Israel, the European MP had the opportunity to observe at first hand life in the Negev in general and life on the border with Gaza in particular.
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