MK Sharren Haskel (Likud).
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The Israeli delegation to the Inter-Parliamentary Union plans to submit an emergency resolution calling for nations of the world to unite against online incitement at the IPU Assembly in Geneva next week.
MK Sharren Haskel (Likud), representing the Knesset along with delegation leader MK Nachman Shai (Zionist Union), will call for fellow parliamentarians from around the world to fight the use of the Internet as a recruiting tool for terrorist organizations.
“The IPU is an inseparable part of our consistent effort to make Israel’s case in the world,” Haskel, a member of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, explained. “Even in the recent case of the scandalous UNESCO declaration [denying that the Temple Mount and Western Wall are Jewish holy sites], we saw how important Israeli public diplomacy is.”
The IPU was founded in 1889 to promote parliamentary dialogue and work for the establishment of representative democracy. It works in close cooperation with the United Nations and is primarily funded by its members from public funds.
Haskel, 32, also plans to run for a spot on the board of the IPU’s Forum of Young Parliamentarians, a move she hopes will “increase Israel’s strength and influence.” The Likud MK was the youngest lawmaker at the IPU’s assembly in Zambia earlier this year.
The five-day IPU Assembly, beginning on October 24, will feature parliamentarians from 138 countries. Its central topic will be the role of parliaments as early responders to human rights violations and how legislatures can address the underlying causes of such violations.
The IPU also plans to release a study “showing alarming levels of sexism and violence against women MPs throughout the world,” the organization’s website states.