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22 Mar 2019 (All day)
ICEJ Prague & ICEJ Tanzania

Jerusalem Conference in Prague

In January, the Czech Parliament hosted an international seminar on the legal status of Jerusalem under international law and the future of the two-state solution. Organized by the ICEJ with local Czech partners and The Hague Initiative for International Cooperation, this event brought together an impressive lineup of renowned international speakers, including ICEJ Vice President & Senior Spokesman David Parsons, legal counsel Andrew Tucker, Israeli analyst Yitzhak Sokoloff, chairman of the European Coalition for Israel, Tomas Sandell, and others to the Czech capital. More than 60 participants from 13 nations, along with ICEJ directors from four European countries, were greeted by Czech MPs and the Israeli ambassador, Daniel Meron.

Since the 1970s, the idea has developed that international law requires resolution of the Arab-Israeli conflict by creating a State of Palestine with East Jerusalem as its capital, and borders based on the “1967 lines”; the so-called “two-state solution”. Conference speakers challenged this concept and pointed out the difference between legal facts under international law and political proclamations, such as non-binding UN resolutions. In practice, however, the international legal system is at risk of being manipulated by coalitions of nations in order to achieve their ideological ends. Denying the Jewish people the right to determine where their capital is located falls into this category of “lawfare”.

With the evident collapse of the Oslo Accords, it is time to revisit this prevailing legal paradigm to resolve the conflict. The goal of the seminar was to provide a legal framework for the exploration of alternative policy solutions to balance the rights of the Jewish State of Israel with the rights of Palestinian Arabs to political autonomy, and economic and social advancement.

Our hope is that, in at least a few European nations, insights gained from the seminar will inspire policy makers to adopt a more realistic approach to the conflict, which could help make life better for people in the region. ICEJ has a network of branches in Europe with people who will certainly assist them in working towards this goal.

 

ICEJ-Tanzania Becomes A Full-Fledged Branch

In December 2018, I visited Tanzania. The short trip took me to Arusha, a modern city located within sight of the majestic Mt. Kilimanjaro, and then to Dar es-Salaam, a bustling metropolis on the shores of the Indian Ocean. The purpose for this trip was simple: I wanted to visit what has been our most productive branch in Africa over recent years and understand the reasons for its success.

In just a few short years, our energetic National Director, Stanton Newton, managed to mobilize thousands of Tanzanian Christians to support Israel. Coached by David Parsons, who has been tirelessly traveling to the country over the past three years, Newton drafted the constitution of the Tanzanian branch and appointed the first board members. During my trip, an important milestone was achieved: The board signed their constitution which will be submitted to the authorities for registration. 

This development opens the way for further growth of the Tanzanian branch. The local team translated and designed a special version of the Word from Jerusalem in Swahili – the common language of East Africa, spoken by approximately 100 million people. We also planned to hold an ICEJ regional conference for East Africa this year in the city of Mwanza, on the shores of Lake Victoria. 

ICEJ Tanzania exemplifies that with the right people and motivation, ICEJ can thrive in every culture and connect all peoples, tribes and languages with Israel.