MK brings in Pessah advocating Israel abroad (JERUSALEM POST) By LAHAV HARKOV 04/06/12)
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While many spent the days leading up to Pessah cooking and cleaning
their houses, MK Einat Wilf (Independence) went on a mission to
improve Israel’s image abroad, publishing articles in major American
news sources and starting with a four-day trip to Canada and,
returning to Israel hours before her Seder.
One article, in The Huffington Post, is a response to a New York
Times op-ed by Peter Beinart calling for a “Zionist BDS,” boycotting
only products of settlements. Wilf calls Beinart’s idea “a dangerous
proposal” despite good intentions, explaining that “no Palestinian is
a partner to the idea that Zionism is legitimate as long as it stays
west of the Green Line.”
Wilf has also agreed to be a regular contributor to “Open Zion,” the
Israel-themed section of the Newsweek-affiliated news site, The Daily
Beast, which Beinart edits. So far, the MK has written about the
reason behind the Independence Party’s formation and a defense of
Zionism from an atheist point of view.
In Canada, Wilf visited Halifax, Montreal and Ottowa, on a trip
sponsored by the Centre for Jewish and Israel Affairs. According to
Wilf, the CIJA has played an instrumental role in bringing Canada and
Israel closer in recent years.
Wilf’s final stop before returning to Israel was in Ottowa, where she
met with Foreign Minister John Baird. Wilf and Baird met previously
during his trip to Israel in January, during which he invited her to
visit him in Canada.
The Independence MK briefed MPs and top foreign ministry officials in
the Middle East and North Africa department and gave interviews to
the Canadian press.
In Halifax, Wilf met with Nova Scotia Education Minister Ramona
Jennex and learned about the Canadian education system, examining the
possibility in bringing reforms to Israel. Wilf also gave lectures in
the local Jewish communities on women and education in Israel.
Wilf then traveled to Montreal, where she hosted a workshop at McGill
University on Israeli diplomacy and Zionism.
From there, she continued on to Quebec City to discuss Israel with
Quebecois MPs. Wilf is fluent in French, and said she was able to
hold a conversation that strengthened the connection between the
Knesset and Quebec’s parliament.
After her meetings in Ottowa, Wilf flew back to Israel, arriving only
a few hours before her family’s Seder in Tel Aviv. (© 1995-2011, The
Jerusalem Post 04/06/12)
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