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Hezbollah-affiliated group honors European Parliament member

Spanish MEP Manuel Pineda receives the Ambassador of Return award from the Global Campaign to Return to Palestine.

GCRP general coordinator Sheikh Yusuf Abbas presents an award to MEP Manuel Pineda at a ceremony in Beirut, May 29, 2023. Source: Facebook.
GCRP general coordinator Sheikh Yusuf Abbas presents an award to MEP Manuel Pineda at a ceremony in Beirut, May 29, 2023. Source: Facebook.

A member of the European Parliament received an award in Beirut last week from a group affiliated with the Hezbollah terrorist organization.

The Global Campaign to Return to Palestine (GCRP) presented Spanish MEP Manuel Pineda, also known as Manu Abu Carlos, with an Ambassador of Return award at the ceremony in the Lebanese capital on May 29.

صور الحفل التكريمي الذي أقامته الحملة العالمية للعودة إلى فلسطين ضمن فعاليات الملتقى الدولي للعودة إلى فلسطين والذي منحت…

Posted by ‎العودة إلى فلسطين‎ on Monday, May 29, 2023

The Spanish Communist Party activist was elected to the European Parliament in 2019 as a representative of the United Left coalition. He is the president of the European Parliament’s delegation for relations with Palestine.

According to ACOM (Action and Communication in the Middle East), a legal advocacy organization working to strengthen ties between Spain and Israel, Pineda is a member of the Spanish group Unadikum, which supports Palestinian violence against Israel and has connections to the PFLP and Hamas terrorist organizations, having lived in the Gaza Strip for three years.

Pineda has posed for pictures with PFLP terrorists and with Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh.

Spanish MEP Manuel Pineda (right) with Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh in 2012. Source: Facebook.

GCRP general coordinator Sheikh Yusuf Abbas, who has ties to Hezbollah, gave the award to Pineda at what the group described as the First International Meeting of Return Ambassadors. There were seven other honorees, including Che Guevara’s daughter and the chairman of the board of directors of the pro-Hezbollah and pro-Assad regime Al Mayadeen satellite news channel.

According to ACOM, Pineda has called Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah the “undisputed leader of the Arab world.”

Pineda has been banned from entering Israel since 2020.

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