European Coalition for Israel

Profile: European Coalition for Israel  

1- Name of NGO:

European Coalition for Israel  

2- Brief & Mission:

The European Coalition for Israel is a Christian Zionist alliance that aims to demonstrate Christian love and solidarity towards the nation of Israel. The coalition opposes the recognition of a Palestinian state, arguing that it undermines the legitimate legal claims of the State of Israel concerning Jerusalem and the West Bank.

The coalition, launched in 2003, is led by Finnish journalist Tomas Sandell. He frequently appears on a television show sponsored by the coalition, which is broadcast from within the European Parliament. Previously, he contributed as a blogger for The Times of Israel, where he shared his views on various topics.

3- Bias, Agenda & Motivation:

Tomas Sandell has argued that the reconstitution of a Jewish state is incomplete without historical Jerusalem, specifically the Old City of Jerusalem, which is recognized by the UN as occupied territory. In another post, he suggests that European criticism of Israeli settlements contributes to violence against settlers and emphasizes that the settlers should not be seen as obstacles to peace. These viewpoints indicate a pro-Israel stance and align with the interests of the Israeli establishment.  

4- Links to Governments/Political Agenda:

There have been allegations that the European Coalition for Israel actively promotes the foreign policy objectives of Israel, as its agenda appears to closely align with the policies of the Israeli establishment. 

5- Sources of Funding:

The European Coalition for Israel reported a budget of €330,000 in 2012. While the coalition does not disclose its sources of funding, it provides an option for making donations on its website. Additionally, the website mentions that UK taxpayers have the option to ‘Gift Aid’ their donations.

6- Activities:

In the past, the European Coalition for Israel has received financial support from the Tennessee fundraising arm of the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem (ICEJ). In 2012, ICEJ organized a gathering in Israel, hosting 6,000 Evangelical Christians from over 100 countries, with assistance from the Israeli Tourism Ministry. Jan Willem van der Hoeven, a former spokesperson for ICEJ, was once quoted as saying that the Palestinians have acquired everything by force that doesn’t rightfully belong to them and that they are under Israeli occupation because they sought it. These statements indicate a promotion of Israeli objectives by the European Coalition for Israel.

7- NGO Leadership:

The European Coalition for Israel is led by Tomas Sandell, a Finnish journalist.

8- Controversy:

One of the core groups represented by the European Coalition for Israel, Christians for Israel International, encourages its supporters to financially contribute to projects in Israeli settlements.

9- Contact Details:

  • Website:https://www.ec4i.org
  • Address:Brussels
  • Email:  info@ec4i.org

10- Classification/Blacklist:

The think tank has been labeled as blacklisted because of its associations with the Israeli stance. 

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