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Israel has once again blocked the participation of the Chair of the European Parliament’s Delegation for relations with Palestine (DPAL), Manu Pineda, in an official Parliamentary visit to Palestine next week.

Left MEP Pineda (Izquierda Unida, Spain), was due to go on mission next week with eight other MEPs from four different parliamentary groups. However, for the second time in less than a year, Israeli authorities have denied him entry, preventing him from doing his work as the Parliament’s top representative on Palestinian affairs. Pineda will host a press conference on this issue Wednesday morning.

 

Press conference details:

15/02/2023 10.30 CET

Daphne Caruana Galizia room LOW N-1/201 European Parliament, Strasbourg

Journalists can attend the press conference and ask questions in person or online here.

 

Pineda informed Parliament’s President, Roberta Metsola, of the decision as notified this afternoon by the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and asked for an urgent meeting to resolve the situation and demand explanations. 

“It is unusual, to say the least, that a country that participates in numerous EU programmes and is considered a key partner should prevent our Delegation from carrying out its work normally,” Pineda says.

 As DPAL Chair, Pineda asked the other MEPs who were to take part in the official mission to go ahead with the visit. “We believe that the presence of our Delegation in Palestine, at a time like this, with the most extremist Israeli government in recent years, is indispensable,” he adds.

 Pineda worked for years in the Gaza Strip and experienced two wars led by the Israeli army that resulted in thousands of deaths and the destruction of vital infrastructure. “There is no doubt that Israel wants to veto any hint of international solidarity with the Palestinian people, something the EU should stop being silent about.”