• Fri. Sep 30th, 2022

Earlier in our coverage of the parties’ Israeli policy:
</€ MIFF has written about Unhedslisten (EL), Socialistisk Folkeparti , Socialdemokratiet (S) and Option (ALT). In addition, we have written several articles on how left-wing parties are collaborating to spread anti-Israel propaganda. The worst example we have seen so far from that front was The conference for Palestinians in Europe held recently in Brøndby Hallen . At the conference, Pernille Skipper (EL), Mogens Lykketoft (S) and Caroline Magdalene Maier (ALT) spoke.

Now the turn has come for the Radical Left:

History of the Party
The Radical Left (RV) was founded in 1905 by former Left members. The members had left the party in protest of favoring large farms with many animals and a lot of land – at the expense of the small farms. RVs votes have often been decisive for whether the S or the bourgeois parties could form government. The party has been in government with both the Social Democrats (S) and the bourgeois parties.

The party shows a lack of knowledge and respect for the situation in Israel
– The party is very supportive of Israel. For example. on the party’s resolution list from 2017, there are over 60 resolutions, of which seven are about the EU, two of which are about Israel-Palestine. The two resolutions, which can be read on pp. 14-15, take up as much space as the other five resolutions combined.

– The party is almost occupied by the settlements.
– The party does not distance itself from the UN’s unfair treatment of Israel.
– There is support for a boycott and sanctions if EU countries do it together. The party is also making efforts to influence the EU.

– There are examples of extreme statements directed at Israel – and even more examples of the party’s cooperation with the left to rebuke Israel. Like the left, the party claims they want to help the Palestinians. Yet the party has neither positive contributions to make nor proposals for demands.

Here are some striking examples of how RV, especially in the last few years, has dealt with Israel. RV largely only disagrees with the über-critical parties on whether Denmark should act alone or with the EU. The examples are listed in reverse chronology – with the most recent examples first.

No to Danish enegang on ban on trade in Israeli settlements (February 2019)
The party calls the Israeli settlements “illegal” and believes that they “undermine peace process “. But RV is against Danish monopoly. Instead, the RV calls on the government to explore the possibility of imposing targeted sanctions with the EU against Israeli companies that finance Israeli settlements.

RV’s report (February 2019) on a proposal for a parliamentary resolution banning the import of goods from Israeli settlements [by Christian Juhl (EL) and others]:

Radical Left votes against the proposal. Like the proponents of the proposal, the Radical Left finds that the Israeli settlements are under all criticism, as they are both illegal and undermine the peace process. But contrary to the proponents, the Radical Party does not believe that Danish monopoly in this area is the right strategy to put effective pressure on the Israeli government.. On the one hand, it is doubtful whether there is any legal

opportunity for Danish monopoly, as trade sanctions as a starting point are EU competence, and on the other hand, a joint step from all EU countries will send a far more robust signal. The Radical
Venstre will therefore instead call on the Danish government to explore the possibilities of finding common ground in the EU on more
-sanctioned sanctions, e.g. to the few Israeli companies that today finance the vast majority of Israeli settlements.

RV will, together with the EU, recognize Palestine here and now (September November 2018)
On 15 November 2018, Mahmoud Mohammad Mansour, President of Palestinian Youth, Vejle and main board member of Radikal Ungdom a post in Berlingske Tidende: “Denmark and the EU should recognize Palestine as a state”. In the post, Mansour emphasizes that Palestine issued a declaration of independence on 15 November 1988. Mansour also emphasizes that Sweden has already recognized Palestine and that Denmark should do something for the sake of peace to get the EU and the US to follow Sweden’s example.

The post is well connected with RV’s resolution adopted at the party’s national meeting in September 2018, where only one short resolution on Israel-Palestine was adopted.

RVs resolution against Israel – P. 14, adopted at the party’s national meeting Sept. 2018

While the party on the one hand recognizes: “both the Jewish and the Palestinian people’s right to their own independent state”, the party is in favor of Denmark and other EU countries recognizing a Palestinian state now. According to the party, the EU will thus: “take responsibility” for a lasting peaceful solution. However, the RV overlooks that current international law requires the existence of a peace agreement between Israel and a recognized Palestinian leader before recognition of a Palestinian state is possible. A here and now recognition of Palestine will mean that Israel will not receive a guarantee of security, while the Palestinians, on the other hand, will have a state without being required to live in peaceful coexistence with Israel.

In call for the development of EU cooperation, RV’s chairman Israel and Netanyahu compare with Russia and Putin
Under the heading “Europe must move forward” (July 2018), RV’s current leader, Morten Østergaard, writes the following about Israel on the party’s website, where he pleads for: “a line addressing the EU’s biggest challenges: the refugee flow, the climate crisis, the Russia issue, education policy and the need for flexible labor.”

The presentation contains many examples, but the climax – seen from a Danish perspective – comes in the following sections:

Because it is becoming a progressive partner in the EU that Denmark can achieve greater influence than our size justifies. We have a unique access to influence our own future when we understand that solutions to the problems that challenge us the most will probably affect us all individually, but cannot be solved by a country alone.

Morten Østergaard provides a short list of examples:
To ensure employers the optimal conditions for job creation – to help ensure that adults and children do not drown in the Mediterranean on the run from war and poverty – and to go to court with Putin and Netanyahu.

It is striking that Israel, which isa democratic state is compared to Russia, which is a dictatorship. The link is made by assuming that Netanyahu is as autocratic as Putin is – which is absurd. The link between the two leaders reflects a contemptuous contempt for Israeli democracy.

The following statements from RV’s resolution against Israel in 2017 are probably some of the worst we have found at the top of the party. Seen in that light – it is not surprising that the party often agrees with the Unity List (EL), the Alternative (ALT), the Socialist People’s Party (SF) and parts of the Social Democrats (S). The only difference is that RV does not want Denmark to take the lead.

RV demands EU uses diplomacy and trade policy as a means of pressure against Israel to comply with UN resolutions (September 2017)
RV does not recognize that the UN adopts many resolutions against Israel, some of which of them are based on lies and distortions, i.a. in proposals from the enemies of Israel. Therefore, it is not surprising that the RV wants to use diplomacy and trade policy as a means of pressure against Israel to comply with all UN resolutions. Here is the party’s resolution from the national meeting in September 2017 – page 15:

RV’s resolution against Israel S. 15, adopted at the party’s national convention in 2017.

One can not really blame RV for joining the EU’s positions and policies. The EU is increasingly making a sharp distinction between, on the one hand, Israel “within” the 1949 ceasefire line (often called the Green Line – and 1967 borders) and, on the other hand, Israeli-controlled territories outside the “internationally recognized borders” .

Since 2014, the EU has been in favor of labeling goods from the territories. Since 2013, the EU has increasingly demanded that cooperation with Israeli institutions as well as Israeli detail in EU-funded projects only apply within the Green Line. The call for distinction also includes all companies outside the territories that directly or indirectly finance or support activities in the territories.

The above attitudes are based on a belief that all settlements are illegal. The view is no longer true that a large part of the world believes in it.

When diving into the economy inside and outside the Green Lines, one sees that many Palestinians benefit from the settlements – and that in many cases it is not possible, for example, to ban the purchase of goods and services. in one place, without imposing a ban on trade with all of Israel – as well as important parts of the territories that fall under Palestinian Authority rule.

The steep distinction stands in the way of building cooperation and trust between peoples.

It should also be emphasized that the blockade of Gaza is not illegal – and again, repeating the claim that it is illegal does not make it any more true.

Open meeting “50th anniversary of the occupation” together with EL, ALT, and SF
On June 9, 2017, dhas held an English-language meeting on the “50th anniversary of the occupation of the Palestinian territories”. The meeting was a response to Yom Yerushalayim, where the Israelis celebrate the miraculous victory during the Six Day War. The Israelis tumble with the challenge and strain that the victories of the war have brought. Israel has a high degree of control over another people, and it is extremely difficult to secure rights in the face of security concerns.

But from there and then to claim Israel has occupied Palestinian territories since 1967 is a violent distortion of the truth. At the time, the territories were not Palestinian. The two territories that were to be designated as the basis for a Palestinian state in 1993-1994 were occupied by Egypt (Gaza) and Jordan (“West Bank” and “East Jerusalem”). the Jews were expelled, which i.a. involved the removal of ancient Jewish communities.

It is also striking that the meeting is aimed at English-speakers and foreigners rather than the Danish population. It is one thing that RV wants international actions preferably should be multilateral. But, to what extent does the hinterland come with.

Here is the list of speakers:

  • Sausan Kanaan Berg Danish-Palestinian journalist.
  • Mahmoud AbuRahma, Director of International Relations, Al Mezan
  • Center for Human Rights – Gaza
  • Hagai El-Ad, Director of B’Tselem – the Israeli Information Center for
  • Human Rights in the Occupied Territories
  • Birgitte Qvist-Sørensen, General Secretary DanChurchAid
  • Remarks by members of Parliament
    • Holger K. Nielsen – Socialist People’s Party (SF)
    • Morten Østergaard – The Social Liberal Party (RV)
    • Rasmus Nordqvist – The Alternative (ALT)
    • Nikolaj Villumsen The Red-Green Alliance (EL)

Still, RV did not go as far as EL, SF, and EVERYTHING in their article “Eight Measures to Make Israel Drop Illegal Settlements”.

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