Joint American and European Pro-Israel Groups Release
New Film to Challenge Palestinian Actions at UN
Kansas City - Today, August 22nd, 2011, The Unity Coalition for Israel (UCI) and the European Coalition for Israel (ECI) have joined forces to present an ECI produced film. This documentary is being released one month before the expected Palestinian statehood bid at the United Nations in New York. It is viewable here – uc4i.org/sanremo
Our primary objective is to strengthen Israel's claim by standing firmly on the binding international commitment formulated at San Remo, Italy, in 1920. Leaders of both organizations agree that the new video adds a vital component to the joint information campaign between Americans (UCI) and Europeans (ECI) to raise awareness of the legal foundations of the modern state of Israel and of the fatal consequences of dividing Jerusalem.
A unilateral declaration of a Palestinian state would not only violate important principles in international law, it would in fact disregard some if its most central commitments, namely, not to change the status of Judea and Samaria (West Bank) without permanent status negotiations.
Esther Levens, CEO and Founder of UCI, stated, “For the past month, thousands of UCI constituents have been sending an Urgent Action Alert email to the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asking that he stand firm on the legally binding international agreement decided upon by the Supreme Council of Allied Powers at San Remo, Italy, April 25, 1920.” That Action Alert is available at the URL, uc4i.org/sanremo
“Any lasting peace agreement between the Israelis and the Palestinians needs to be based on historical facts and international law,” states campaign director Tomas Sandell of the European Coalition for Israel who also observed, “Peace can only be achieved through bilateral negotiations and not through a unilateral declaration.” ECI has just completed an educational tour sharing this message with parliaments of 10 European Union members.
The new film explains how the legitimacy of the modern state of Israel is based on legal acts and commitments made by the international community after World War I. At the San Remo conference, organized by the Supreme Council of the Allied Powers (Great Britain, France, Italy, Japan and the USA), the right of the Jewish state to be re-constituted was incorporated into international law and remains the legal precedent to this day.
The 51 member countries – the entire League of Nations – unanimously declared on July 24, 1922:
Whereas recognition has been given to the historical connection of the Jewish people with Palestine and to the grounds for reconstituting their national home in that country…
Therefore UCI emphasizes that it is the United Nations duty to fulfill the legal requirement of the Mandate for Palestine, the historical League of Nations document. Any attempt to negate the Jewish people’s rights to Palestine-Eretz-Israel, is a serious infringement of international law.
These commitments were later taken over by the UN in article 80 in the Charter of the United Nations and thus the legal rights and obligations of these nations to the Jewish Diaspora make San Remo relevant to this day. ”If we fail to understand and respect these facts we are undermining the true foundation for peace,” concludes Sandell.
In the 15 minute film prominent legal scholars and diplomats like Dr. Jacques Gauthier, Dr. Howard Grief and Amb. Dore Gold (former Israeli Ambassador to the UN) present the legal foundation for the modern state of Israel and argue that a return to the 1948-1967 armistice lines would not only jeopardize the UN pledge for secure borders for the Jewish state but would also re-divide Jerusalem and place the Old City under Palestinian Arab rule.
The film argues that the only way to secure a ”shared city” between Jews and Arabs is to keep Jerusalem united under Jewish sovereignty, hence securing that the Old City stays open to people of all faiths.
The history of the last 44 years proves that the different faith communities can only co-exist under Jewish sovereignty whereas Arab control would again restrict religious freedom and jeopardize the future of the Jewish and Christian holy sites.
The film will be presented in selected TV-channels throughout the world and will also be distributed through social media and the website uc4i.org/sanremo. In addition to this there will also be private screenings in a number of national capitals and parliaments.