(February 10, 2020 / JNS) Israel is furious at Belgium for continuing to act against Israel at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), including inviting a “one-sided, radical” pro-Palestinian activist to address council members.
Belgium, who currently holds the rotating presidency for the UNSC, has invited Brad Parker, a senior official for a nonprofit called Defense for Children International – Palestine (DCI-P), to speak at the council’s session.
DCI-P accuses Israel of committing war crimes, supports the BDS movement and has ties to the U.S.-designated terrorist organization Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.
“Belgium has positioned itself as one of the Security Council member states most hostile toward Israel,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lior Haiat told The Times of Israel. “Inviting a one-sided radical activist such as Mr. Parker to brief the Security Council is yet another negative record.”
Israel’s Ambassador to Belgium Emmanuel Nahshon called out Belgium on Twitter for inviting “terror supporters” to the Security Council, and said, “This is extremely disappointing and we will express our outrage in the strongest possible terms.”
Additionally, Israeli Ambassador to the U.N. Danny Danon wrote a letter to U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Gutteres saying DCI-P is “an arm of the PFLP in order to enact diplomatic terror against Israel…A place that promotes peace and security in the world has no room for people like Parker.”
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