A delegation from the Samaria (Shomron) Regional Council, headed by Deputy Chairman Yossi Dagan, went to Berlin this week to meet with members of the Germany parliament and other leaders as part of the fight against delegitimization efforts against Jews in Samaria and Judea.
The high point of the visit was a meeting with Bundestag member Gitta Connemann, a member of Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union. They gave her a letter from Council Chairman Gershon Mesika to relay to Chancellor Merkel and outlined the activities of radical groups funded by European governments, which create provocations in the field and try to bring about a boycott of Jewish enterprises in the area. They noted that boycott efforts not only hurt area Arabs as well as Jews, they harm Israeli relations with European countries. Dagan called for an end to European funding of the radical groups. Connemann noted that a lot of anti-Israeli activity in Germany originates with Israeli groups. She called the meeting "one of those events which give meaning to life."