Israel’s delegation in Europe forced to change seats after Algerian opposition

2021-10-23 16:47:20
Israel’s delegation in Europe forced to change seats after Algerian opposition

An Israeli diplomatic delegation participating in a recent European conference of parliament speakers in Greece has been forced to change its location at the event after Algerian envoys strongly protested.

According to a report published by the independent Algerian daily newspaper Ennahar, Israeli delegates were initially supposed to sit in front of Algerians, but had no option but to change their seats in the face of the latter's vehement opposition and threats to withdraw from the event.

Parliament speakers from the 47 Council of Europe member states, as well as many neighboring and observer countries plus other partner parliamentary assemblies, met on October 21 and 22 in Athens, on the occasion of a conference organized by the Hellenic Parliament and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE).

Some 60 speakers, together with 300 other delegates, participated at the biennial summit to discuss various issues.

On October 15, Algerian Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra said that the African Union (AU) Executive Council had chosen to delay a final decision on granting Israel observer status in the pan-African body until the AU summit in February 2022.

For decades, African countries have supported the Palestinians' struggle against Israeli occupation and oppression, seeing in it parallels with their own anti-colonial movements.

Human rights groups have described Israel as an apartheid regime that is involved in gross violations of human rights and crimes against humanity.

The word apartheid is often associated with South Africa. Apartheid was a system of institutionalized racial segregation that existed in South Africa from 1948 until the early 1990s.

The system was characterized by an authoritarian political culture based on white supremacy, which ensured that South Africa was dominated politically, socially, and economically by the nation's minority white population.

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