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IJC Participates in Historic Delegation to Norway Celebrating 70 Years of Israel’s Independence & Participating in MIFF General Assembly & High-Level Meetings

IJC Participates in Historic Delegation to Norway Celebrating 70 Years of Israel’s Independence & Participating in MIFF General Assembly & High-Level Meetings

This weekend (27-29 April) in Oslo, saw a mass show of support for the Jewish state, arranged by the group ‘Med Israel for Fred ‘– MIFF (For Israel With Peace), the leading pro-Israel organization in Norway and Europe, with whom The Israeli-Jewish Congress (IJC), has enjoyed a long-standing relationship and partnership with.

Over 150 people attended the MIFF General Assembly in Oslo, where the group celebrated their 40th Anniversary and IJC Executive Director Arsen Ostrovsky was invited to lecture the group on the topic: ‘Using Digital Diplomacy to Advocate for Israel’. You can watch Arsen’s lecture here.

The Israeli delegation to Norway included also Members of Knesset Amir Ohana, Dr. Anat Berko and MK Aliza Lavie (Chair of Knesset’s Israel – Norway Parliamentary Friendship Group). IJC was proud to help facilitate their visit, the first time this many Members of Knesset visited Norway in one occasion. 

The highlight of the weekend was  an amazing special celebration held in Oslo Concert Hall – attended by over 1,500 people – including leading Norwegian parliamentarians and members of the community, that came together in a truly inspiring festive celebration in honour of 70 Years of Israel’s Independence. All the Members of Knesset made speeches during the event to standing applause from the crowd.

In Oslo, our delegation also met with the Norwegian Foreign Ministry, at the Parliament with the Norwegian Parliamentary Friendship Group with Israel, as well of course the Israeli Embassy. During the meetings, we joined the MKs in a discussion of a wide range of issues, including Antisemitism and BDS, the Iran deal, NGO funding, Jerusalem, the Israeli – Palestinian conflict, as well as ways to strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries. It was agreed that members of the Norwegian Parliamentary Friendship would visit Israel this year and IJC would of course partake in this important visit.

IJC is truly proud of our partnership with MIFF, which is at the forefront of standing up for Israel, fighting BDS and media bias, as well as tirelessly working to strengthen Norway – Israel bilateral relations.

This summer, IJC is also very much looking forward to again hosting in Israel a MIFF Delegation of senior leadership and youth activists.

The Israeli-Jewish Congress (IJC) in the Norwegian Parliament, with Members of Knesset Aliza Lavie, Anat Berko & Amir Ohana, together with Israel’s Ambassador to Norway and members of the Norwegian Parliament’s Friendship Group with Israel [Photo: IJC]

The Israeli-Jewish Congress (IJC) in the Norwegian Parliament, with Members of Knesset Amir Ohana, Aliza Lavie & Anat Berko, together with Israel’s Ambassador to Norway and members of the Norwegian Parliament’s Friendship Group with Israel [Photo: IJC]

IJC Executive Director Arsen Ostrovsky & IJC Head of Operations Yael Kasutto-Sharon, at the Norwegian Parliament [Photo: IJC].

IJC Executive Director Arsen Ostrovsky giving a lecture at MIFF General Assembly on ‘Using Digital Diplomacy to Advocate for Israel’ [Photo: MIFF]

IJC Executive Director Arsen Ostrovsky giving a lecture at MIFF General Assembly on ‘Using Digital Diplomacy to Advocate for Israel’ [Photo: IJC]

MIFF General Assembly [Photo: IJC]

MIFF Leadership with Members of Knesset Aliza Lavie, Anat Berko and Amir Ohana at the MIFF General Assembly [Photo: IJC]

Members of Knesset Amir Ohana, Anat Berko and Aliza Lavie at MIFF’s Celebration of 70 Years of Israel’s Independence, Held at Oslo Concert Hall [Photo: IJC]

MIFF’s Celebration of 70 Years of Israel’s Independence, Held at Oslo Concert Hall [Photo: IJC]

IJC Executive Director Arsen Ostrovsky with MP Hans Fredrik Grøvan, Chair of Norwegian Parliamentary Friendship Group with Israel [Photo: IJC]

IJC Executive Director Arsen Ostrovsky & IJC Head of Operations Yael Kasutto-Sharon, with Israel’s Ambassador to Norway H.E. Raphael Schutz and his wife [Photo: IJC].

IJC Executive Director Arsen Ostrovsky & IJC Head of Operations Yael Kasutto-Sharon, with Conrad Myrland, MIFF Director [Photo: IJC].


 

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