London MEP Sarah Ludford meets Israeli President Shimon Peres


Refusal of Israel pharma deal would do nothing for peace or Palestinians


Commenting ahead of the vote on the proposed EU agreement with Israel on trade in pharmaceutical products, known as the Agreement on Conformity Acceptance and Assessment (ACAA), Liberal Democrat MEP for London Sarah Ludford said:
“I support the conclusion of this agreement as an application of the EU's balanced 'neighbourhood policy' of trade mixed with political engagement which also saw a new agricultural trade agreement with the Palestinian Authority last year."

Sarah's speech to Parliament on the EU-Israel Agreement on Conformity Assessment and Acceptance of industrial products (ACAA)

Sarah Ludford (ALDE ). – Mr President, I believe the best speech this afternoon has been by Mr Kasoulides, who cited the Barcelona Process and neighbourhood policy. I fervently believe that the EU’s role in promoting trade as a basis of dialogue and prosperity and its role in keeping its partners to democratic and human rights standards are part of a package, not one set against the other.

Sarah's speech to Parliament on the EU-Israel Agreement on Conformity Assessment and Acceptance of industrial products (ACAA)

Sarah Ludford (ALDE ). – Mr President, I also thank Commissioner De Gucht for his very clear answers, though they only confirmed what we already knew. It is time to get on and vote on this agreement.

Two years of discussion in committee has been a delaying tactic. As Commissioner De Gucht said, the objective of the ACAA is to eliminate barriers to trade by reducing costs and delays. I am rather astonished that many on the Committee on International Trade want to constrain trade and keep up costs. You are doing consumers and patients no favours on choice and price of medicines.

Europe needs to act on antisemitism

Liberal Democrat European justice & human rights spokeswoman and London MEP Sarah Ludford has called on the EU and its member states to do much more to combat the high level of antisemitic hate crimes.


After attending the latest conference, in Brussels, of the Inter-Parliamentary Coalition for Combating Antisemitism (ICCA), Sarah Ludford said:


Boycotting Israeli culture can't be justified

London Liberal Democrat MEP Sarah Ludford has expressed outrage over calls for a boycott of performance of the ‘Merchant of Venice’ by Israel’s national theatre company Habima. She is attending the performance (armed with an English text on her iPad as it is performed in Hebrew).

Speaking up against hate best testament to Holocaust

Sarah commemorated Holocaust Memorial Day by signing a pledge to 'Speak up Speak out' against prejudiceLiberal Democrat European justice & human rights spokeswoman and London MEP Sarah Ludford attended an event in London to mark Holocaust Memorial Day the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz as well as a ceremony in the European Parliament earlier in the week.

Observing human rights laws is best memorial to intolerance victims

Nov 9th is International Day against Anti-Semitism and Fascism marking the anniversary of the 'Kristallnacht' pogrom against Jews in 1938 which presaged the Holocaust.

International Holocaust day reminder that genocide and torture endure

To mark International Holocaust Remembrance day Liberal Democrat European justice & human rights spokeswoman and London MEP Sarah Ludford a member of Liberal Democrat Friends of Israel said:

"The European Union created in the aftermath of WWII is based on the pledge that the Holocaust or Shoah must 'never happen again'. But it cannot be said that we are doing everything necessary to stop a repeat."

"Whether in the use of torture in the 'war on terror' harassment of immigrants or racial and religious violence people of the world continue to be at risk of inhuman and illegal treatment even at European hands or when we turn a blind eye."

Middle East - Roadmap is only real solution

Mr President after President Bush's endorsement of Mr Sharon's prejudgment of final status negotiations - ruling himself out as an even-handed peacebroker - it is easy to be discouraged about the prospects for the coexistence of a secure Israel and a viable Palestinian state but that is the only real solution via the roadmap. It may well be that Israel keeping some key West Bank settlements and Palestinians accepting that the return of refugees will be to a Palestinian state - with which I personally agree - would indeed be part of an eventual negotiated settlement. The Quartet with EU leadership must disprove however Mr Sharon's claim that his plan constitutes a critical blow to Palestinian hopes of statehood.

Remembering the past - hope for the future

London's Liberal Democrat Euro-MP Baroness Sarah Ludford MEP a member of Liberal Democrat Friends of Israel and former scholar of the Anglo-Israel Association has had an opportunity to show her support for London's Jewish community in attending events marking the Holocaust and the 55th anniversary of the independence of the state of Israel.

She was present with Liberal Democrat colleagues Simon Hughes MP Cllr Monroe Palmer and London Assembly member Baroness Sally Hamwee at the Yom Hashoah and 60th anniversary of the Warsaw ghetto uprising last Sunday in London. Today (Wednesday May 7th) she will attend an event hosted by the Israeli ambassador in Brussels to mark Israel's Independence Day.

Says Sarah Ludford:

Holocaust Event at the German Embassy

At a holocaust event at the German embassy Sarah met Eva Kor a survivor of Auschwitz. She and her twin sister were victims of the notorious Nazi doctor Joseph Mengele and his vile experiments. They were the only members of their family to see the 1945 liberation.

Said Sarah:

"Eva urges an approach of peace & healing through forgiveness rather than 'justice' or 'retribution'. It is a difficult path to accept when people have suffered great wrongs such as in former Yugoslavia. She gave me much food for thought".

Harrow marks National Holocaust Remembrance Day

Baroness Sarah Ludford Liberal Democrat MEP for London joined Harrow Liberal Democrat councillors Anne Diamond and Laurence Cox at the event organised by Harrow Council to mark the second National Holocaust Remembrance Day [Sunday 27th January 2002].

They heard Hermann Hirschberger speak of his experiences as a child in Nazi Germany from 1933 to 1939 before he escaped to England on the 'Kindertransport' the operation whereby the lives of 10000 Jewish children were saved by being given refuge in Britain. Hermann's parents were murdered in Auschwitz death camp in 1942.

Ludford welcomes Holocaust Memorial Day

Baroness Sarah Ludford London's Liberal Democrat Euro-MP has welcomed the first national Holocaust Memorial Day on January 27th. Speaking on the eve of her attendance at several Holocaust Day events she said:

"It is important and significant that this event is taking place and I congratulate those who have worked for it such as the Holocaust Educational Trust. I am glad that we are finally giving Holocaust victims the status they deserve in our memory. And although on Saturday the main focus will be the commemoration of the Holocaust of Jews Roma and others by the Nazis the other appalling episodes of 20th century genocide will also be in our thoughts.

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