The International Legal Forum has proudly hosted for the last several days a special delegation of the Kurdish Civil Society for the first time in Israel, strengthening the ties between Israel and Kurdistan and in support for Kurdish aspirations.
The delegation was honored by a special conference held in the Israeli Knesset, hosted by the ILF and chaired by the Lobby for strengthening the relationships between the State of Israel and Kurdish people, led by MK Ksenia Svetlova.
Paticipants included MK’s from all across the political spectrum and included MK’s from the opposition and members of the government from all levels, including the Deputy Minister of Defense Eli Ben-Dahan, Deputy Minister Michal Oren, the Head of the Opposition MK Isaac Herzog and others. In attendance were also representatives from Israeli and Jewish organizations, former Mossad agents which were active in Kurdistan and civilians from all Israeli walks of life.
The message was unequivocal for Israeli support for the Kurdish cause.
“The challenges of the Kurdish people are very similar to the challenges of the Jewish people” said attorney Yifa Segal in the Knesset conference; “The exchange of ideas was amazing (…) at the end of the day, it is time to get down to action and think what the next stage is.”
Other notable events and activities included a VIP tour to the City of David and the Western Wall Tunnels, a guided tour of Yad Vashem Holocaust Remembrance Center, a discussion at the Dayan Center with experts Prof. Ofra Bengio and Kobi Huberman and various personal meetings including with Foreign Affairs Director at the Likud Party Eli Hazan, economy expert Dr. Asher, and leaders of the Israeli Civil Society.
Personal meeting with Eli Hazan