Europeans to join Israelis in anti-Islam summit

Wednesday, September 03, 2008 |  Israel Today Staff

A right-wing Israeli lawmaker announced on Wednesday that some 30 European parliamentarians have agreed to attend an upcoming conference at the Israeli Knesset dealing with the threat posed by Islam's spread across Europe.

National Union representative Aryeh Eldad said that the conference, entitled "Facing Jihad: A Lawmaker's Summit," is planned for December 14-15, and will also be a showcase of support for the Jewish state by his European guests.

The centerpiece of the gathering will be the short film "Fitna," created by Dutch parliamentarian Geert Wilders earlier this year to demonstrate how Islam and the Koran promote terrorism and pose a threat to modern European and Western society.

Wilders will join the other European lawmakers at the summit, and is scheduled to give the keynote address.

Eldad hopes that the summit will end with the Israelis and Europeans forming a new Judeo-Christian alliance to confront the spread of Islam and the violence that inevitably follows in its wake.

The summit plans are being furiously opposed by Arab members of Israel's Knesset like Ahmed Tibi, who accused Eldad and his European friends of being racists.

Tibi was formerly an aid to Yasser Arafat, and has spent his years in the Knesset encouraging Israel's Arabs to subvert Israeli authorities.

He and other Arab lawmakers, along with the more left-leaning Jewish Knesset members, are urging Knesset Speaker Dalia Itzik to deny Eldad permission to host the summit.

Eldad says that if Itzik denies his request, he will petition Israel's Supreme Court on the grounds of freedom of speech. He also warned Itzik against alienating a group of European parliamentarians who are brave enough in today's politically-correct atmosphere to still unconditionally support Israel and its right to sovereignty over all its God-given lands.

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