Arab MK, ex-minister to speak at event marking ‘50 years of occupation’

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June 16, 2017 00:50

“It is shameful that a member of Knesset is abusing her position and is working together with the Palestinians to harm Israel at the UN.”

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Joint Arab List MK Aida Touma-Sliman

Joint Arab List MK Aida Touma-Sliman. (photo credit: FACEBOOK)

NEW YORK – Joint List MK Aida Touma-Sliman and former Israeli foreign minister Shlomo Ben-Ami will participate in an event titled the “United Nations Forum to Mark 50 Years of Occupation,” which will be held at the UN Headquarters on June 29-30.

The conference, organized by the Palestinian mission to the international body, will include five panels on subjects like “Beyond Occupation: The Path Ahead to Palestinian Independence and a Just Peace,” “The Costs and Consequences of 50 Years of Occupation” and “The Gaza Strip: An Integral Part of the State of Palestine.”

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In addition to MK Aida Touma-Sliman and Shlomo Ben-Ami, speakers will include executive director of B’Tselem Hagai El-Ad, executive director of Jewish Voice for Peace Rebecca Vilkomerson, as well as Secretary- General of the Palestine Liberation Organization Saeb Erekat.

UN officials, diplomats and scholars will also participate in the different sessions.

Although he did not comment on Ben-Ami’s participation, Israel’s Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon said MK Touma-Sliman’s presence at the gathering “crosses all red lines” and described the event as “anti-Israel with the sole purpose of defaming our country.”

“It is shameful that a member of Knesset is abusing her position and is working together with the Palestinians to harm Israel at the UN,” Danon added.


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