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TFI Statement on Antisemitic Incitement in Textbooks Used by the Palestinian Authority

Brussels, 15 June 2022 - The Transatlantic Friends of Israel (TFI) expresses its profound regret at the failure of the European Commission to adequately respond to ongoing antisemitic incitement in textbooks used by...


AJC Convenes Lawmakers from Ten Countries on Transatlantic Responses to Iran’s Nuclear Program

April 5, 2022 — Washington, D.C. —American Jewish Committee’s Transatlantic Friends of Israel (TFI) inter-parliamentary group convened a virtual roundtable discussion on transatlantic responses to Iran’s nuclear ambition. Introduced by new American TFI co-chairs Reps. Brad Schneider (D...


TFI Chair Mandl: Israel Defends Itself and Civilizational Values

Brussels, 18 May 2021 - “Heavily-armed terror organizations unscrupulously fire rockets at civilian residential areas. Children, women and men are traumatized by this rocket fire and other acts of terror and are ultimately the victims of these terrorists,” says Lukas Mandl, speaker on foreign...


AJC Joins European and North American Lawmakers in Affirming Support for Israel

13 May 2021 - Brussels – The AJC Transatlantic Institute hailed the outpour of support for Israel in a statement signed by over 50 European and North American lawmakers from 20 countries in response to indiscriminate rocket attacks against Israeli civilians by Hamas and Islamic Jihad. The...


TFI Chair Mandl: We Must Intensify Relations with Israel

Vienna, 25 February 2021 - "The fight against the pandemic and the relaunch of the economy and the labour market are certainly the priority topics of the video conference of the EU heads of state and government today and tomorrow. I welcome the foresight of the EU Council President Charles...


TFI Chair Lukas Mandl Hails Establishment of Kosovo-Israel Ties and Calls for Deeper EU-Israel Relations

Brussels, February 3, 2021. "In these days, the mutual recognition of the State of Israel and the Republic of Kosovo will become a reality. As different as the two states are, it is also true that both are of particular importance for the development of the EU and Europe therefore it is a...


Over 20 MEPs Demand EU Funding-Cut to Palestinian Authority over Incitement in Textbooks

Brussels, 7 October 2020 – A cross-party group of over 20 Members of the European Parliament from 15 countries have urged the EU to partially withhold funding to the Palestinian Authority until Ramallah ends its antisemitic incitement in school textbooks. 

Citing ...


Hundreds of Lawmakers from Europe, North America, and Israel Call for EU Ban of Hezbollah

Brussels, 17 July 2020 – In an unprecedented transatlantic initiative, over 230 cross-party lawmakers from Europe, North America, and Israel urged the EU to designate Hezbollah in its entirety as a terrorist organization. The leadership of the ...


MEPs Condemn EU Funding for Terror-Linked Groups, Call for Review of Funding Rules

On 9 May 2020, the cross-party leadership of the Transatlantic Friends of Israel (TFI) - MEPs Lukas Mandl, Anna Michelle Asimakopoulou, Petras Auštrevičius, Carmen Avram, Dietmar Köster, Germany, and Alexandr Vondra - issued an open letter to the EU’s foreign policy chief Josep Borrell...


European and North American Lawmakers Call for Total EU Ban of Hezbollah

Brussels, 30 April 2020 - Spearheaded by the leadership of the Transatlantic Friends of Israel (TFI), 55 (and counting) lawmakers from the European Parliament, national parliaments in Europe, the United States Congress, and the Parliament of Canada called in a first-ever transatlantic and...