The European Coalition for Israel is committed to the following goals:

To promote closer relations and understanding between Israel and the European Union.

To confront anti-Semitism in Europe and to educate about its long and tragic history on that continent.

To promote and encourage cultural and economic exchanges between Israel and the EU.

To support ways for peaceful coexistence between Jews and Arabs in Israel and the Middle East.


Tomas Sandell, Founding director ECI

European Coalition for Israel is a unique grassroots movement, which is seeking to promote better relations between Europe and Israel through advocacy and education.

Being a voice

“Where Are All the Others?”

Elie Wiesel

In 2000, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Elie Wiesel was invited to a crisis summit, hosted by the European Commission, to speak about the rise of anti-Semitism in Europe. In his speech, he explained how disappointed and helpless he felt and as nobody, except the Jewish communities, seemed to be reacting to the rise of anti-Semitism. – “Where are all the others?” he asked. European Coalition for Israel was formed in response to this question as “a coalition of all the others,” meaning non-Jews, who felt it was their moral obligation to stand up for the Jewish people and the State of Israel in a time of threat.

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European responsibility

“A Europe in which Jews are afraid is no longer Europe”

Federica Mogherini

Former EU High Representative Foreign Affairs

The history of the establishment of the State of Israel and the European Union are closely intertwined, both of which were preceded by the atrocities of World War II.

In the wake of that conflict, the founding fathers envisioned a united Europe as a necessary step in order to avoid another deadly war within the region.

At the same time, more and more evidence was emerging on the Nazis genocide of 6 million Jews.

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Our values

“Silence in the face of evil is evil itself.” 

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

ECI defines itself as a European based organization, understanding the important role of Europe in regards to the Jewish people and the existence of the State of Israel not only in the past but also for today.

ECI defines itself as a coalition of Christian organizations, grass root movements, and churches from different Christian cultures and backgrounds, representing the whole spectrum of Christian expression: Protestant, Catholic, Evangelical, Orthodox, etc…

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