Student Union opens ‘hasbara’ room in effort to fill public diplomacy vacuum.
Ronny Naftaniel, the former leader of Holland’s main pro-Israel lobby, was feted by the Dutch prime minister and hundreds of others.
“I grew up observing you,” Premier Mark Rutte told Naftaniel Monday at a speech at Naftaniel’s retirement party at the Hague’s Royal Theater. “Your optimism is unparalleled and as long as you maintain that courage, so shall we.”
Naftaniel led the Center for Information and Documentation on Israel, or CIDI, for approximately 40 years. In addition to pro-Israel work, under Naftaniel the center became the country’s leading watchdog on anti-Semitism.
Also in attendance were former foreign minister Maxime Verhagen and Frits Bolkestein, an ex-European Commissioner for Internal Market and Services.
Established in the wake of the 1973 Arab oil boycott, the Hague-based center has a staff of about 10 and is considered one of Western Europe’s most active pro-Israel groups. Along with its youth division, CIDI sends dozens of Dutch and Belgian journalists, teachers and politicians on fact-finding mission to Israel annually.
Haim Divon, Israel’s ambassador to the Netherlands, said: “You are the voice of the Dutch Jewry and saying ‘thank you’ doesn’t begin to cover it.”
In interviews with Dutch media, Naftaniel said that because of anti-Israel and anti-Semitic tendencies, CIDI’s work “is unfortunately more relevant now than ever.” He added: “I found the turnout extremely impressive. Friends of Israel from all corners of the Netherlands and beyond came especially for this event and I hope it shows something about what my work has meant for the community.”
In addition to his work for Israel and against anti-Semitism, Naftaniel also had a key role in restitution talks with the Dutch government for Holocaust-era property, which yielded $500 million in compensation in the years 2000-2002.
About the Author:
If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.
IDF soldier Shiloh Hadad is the lone survivor of the Golani 13, fierce Israeli warriors who saved two kibbutzim from a massacre on Monday.
One soldier’s body is MIA, as IDF names remaining Golani soldiers killed in Shejaiya
10:03am Multiple Rocket Alerts Gush Dan…
IDF operations move forward as more tunnels and rockets are found and destroyed…
Turkey is attempting to be seen as the protectorate for the Palestinian Arabs.
Members of congress should experience Israelis’ lives. Bomb Shelter Museum will be in D.C. July 22.
There was concern, since Carmeli was a lone soldier, that not many people would show up for his funeral. But more than 20,000 people showed up.
A 25 year old Israeli was severely injured in a drive-by shooting near Rechalim Junction just after midnight.
US Secy of State arrived in Cairo tonight to pressure Israel into a premature ceasefire with Hamas.
The IDF has released the names of the soldiers killed in today’s attacks.
7 IDF soldiers were killed in battles with Hamas since last night.
Palestinian Authority President Abu Mazen met Monday with his senior coalition partner, chief Hamas Terrorist Khaled Mashal, to discuss ceasefire options in Gaza. Meeting in Doha, Qatar, Israel Radio reported that Abu Mazen told Mashal that Hamas should accept the Egyptian ceasefire proposal. The report cited the Palestinian Ma’an newswire, which suggested the international community […]
Gen. Sami Tourjeman, commander of the IDF Southern Command, said Monday the tunnels from Gaza represent an existential threat to Israel, and that a country determined to survive must fight this infrastructure. According to a report on Israel Radio, Tourjeman added that soldiers have no “Iron Dome” to protect them, and that they must rely […]
Security forces continue to destroy Hamas infrastructure, unearth preparations to murder Jews
A chief rabbi of the Netherlands said unidentified individuals hurled stones at his home in what he said was the second anti-Semitic attack on him in a week. Rabbi Binyomin Jacobs said the latest attack took place at 5 a.m. Thursday, when two stones were hurled through a window of his home in Amersfoort. An earlier incident outside his home […]
Police in Berlin say about 1,000 demonstrators, most of them Palestinian, held an unregistered march protesting Israel’s actions in Gaza. Up to ten demonstrators were arrested for breach of the peace and for trying to forcibly free others already arrested in Saturday’s melee, a police spokesperson said. Rocks were thrown during the disturbance and a police officer was struck but […]
Leftists talk “peace” in Tel Aviv, but Arab family won’t accept condolence visit from Peres
38 year old man beaten with metal bars; Third of Malmö residents from Muslim-majority countries
A Jewish-Muslim family from Syria escaped from the country’s civil war to Israel.
From Australia to Argentina, Jewish communities mourn latest Palestinian atrocity.
Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/dutch-premier-honors-pro-israel-activist/2013/11/16/
Scan this QR code to visit this page online: