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Israeli officials avoid MEPs

European parliamentarians avoid Israeli NGOs, plan to visit Gaza.

May 26, 2010 19:44
Gabriele Albertini.

Gabriele Albertini 311. (photo credit: European Jewish Press)

Israeli government officials canceled meetings with a group of 15 members of the European parliament visiting Israel, after the MEPs canceled meetings with Israeli NGOs and decided to focus on visiting Gaza, Israel Radio reported on Wednesday.

According to the European new agency, EurActiv, the group originally numbered 21 MEPs but  six MEPs belonging to the European People's Party dropped out when it became apparent that the real purpose of the visit was entering Gaza. 

The Italian MEP and former Mayor of Milan, Gabriele Albertini of the EPP announced a week ago that he would not be participating in the visit as he felt it was intended to be a propaganda exercise.

The 15 MEPs plan to enter Gaza from Egyptian territory.

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