This year's European Prayer Breakfast stood in the light of the conflict in Israel and Gaza.
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China and other countries that adhere to traditional family values have made it much more difficult for Europe and the United States to push gender policies through the UN General Assembly.
Since the Hamas attacks on Israel on October 7, there has been a rise in the number of anti-Semitic incidents all over Europe. Pro-Palestinian demonstrations that call for the extermination of Jews are attended by hundreds of people. Why?
The European Union’s top court has decided that public offices in member states have the right to refuse all religious symbols. This does only apply to people at the front desk but also in the background. The only rule is that the ban applies to all; from the Muslim head scarf to the Jewish kippah and the Christian cross.
The European Commission concludes that its own subsidies are being put to good use by the Palestinian authorities. But everybody who closely examines the issue feels that it is time to pause the good will.
Overwhelming – that was the support Israel received from political leaders. Almost all political leaders from the Western world defended Israel’s right to self-defence after the attacks on October 7th. After a few weeks, people feel free to say more. And then, things become sensitive.
"I feel more threatened than ever", Michel Friedman says. Living as a Jew in Germany, he experiences everyday encounters as "riskier".
The war in Israel and the Gaza Strip is far away from Europe. However, the conflict causes rising tensions in many European countries.
Strong support for Israel’s right to self-defence. That could be the conclusion of Wednesday morning’s debate about the Israeli war against the Palestinian terror organisation Hamas.
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