Israeli students welcomed in Belfast

Israeli students engage across political and religious divide in two-day visit to Northern Ireland.

Lord Mayor, Yedida and Paz

Belfast Lord Mayor, Councillor Máirtín Ó Muilleoir, welcomed student visitors from Israel to City Hall on Tuesday 12 November. The two students were in Belfast to meet young people from across the city in a visit organised by Northern Ireland Friends of Israel. The aim of the visit is to promote dialogue between young people in Northern Ireland and Israel. The Lord Mayor is pictured with Paz Ben-Nissan (on the Lord Mayor’s left) and Yedida Jacobs.

Kristallnacht - group

Over 350 turned out at a NIFI event to hear the students speak – they received a standing ovation. Here Yedida and Paz are photographed alongside DUP members of the Northern Ireland government, assembly, mayors and councillors. Representatives from five different political parties attended the event which also commemorated the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht. A local teenager spoke about international friendship and peace from the perspective of a young person in Northern Ireland.

Jonathan Bell with Yedida and Paz

The students also visited Stormont and City Hall. The photograph above shows them with Government minister, Jonathan Bell MLA, and below shows them meeting Trevor Lunn MLA and Ian Parsley of the Alliance Party.

Trevor Lunn and students

Here the students are joined by Yiftah Curiel of the Embassy of Israel, NIFI’s London-based co chair, Steven Jaffe, and Rodney Corrigan of the Ulster Unionist party:

Kristallnacht Rodney

Yedida and Paz met young people in churches, youth groups and schools in and around Belfast. They were interviewed by the Belfast Telegraph.

Dialogue and engagement, not Boycott and exclusion. You can watch a video of the student visit here: