Palestinians, Israelis clash at parliamentary meeting in Geneva
Palestinian protesters hurl rocks at Israeli soldiers during clashes in Betunia near the West Bank city of Ramallah on October 4, 2013. The Palestinian and Israeli delegations locked horns at the IPU meeting in Geneva on Wednesday. (AFP)
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Heated arguments erupted between Palestinian and Israeli delegations in meetings during the 129th summit of the Inter-Parliamentary Union in Geneva, speaker of Fatah-affiliated lawmakers official Azzam al-Ahmad said Wednesday.
Al-Ahmad told a local Palestinian radio station Wednesday that the Israeli delegation exploded with anger when the Palestinian and the Moroccan delegations suggested including the issues of Jerusalem and settlement activities on a meeting agenda.
He added that the speaker of the Israeli delegation started to shout and interrupted speakers in a way that angered international and European delegations.
He said that President Mahmoud Abbas “agreed to resume peace negotiations while settlement activities were ongoing,” added al-Ahmad. The Israeli delegation eventually withdrew from the meeting.
Al-Ahmad said he responded to the Israeli official's claims by highlighting that the Palestinian Authority “informed the Inter-Parliamentary Union that the Palestinian side agreed to resume negotiations only after receiving an official message from the United States confirming that all aspects of settlement activities are illegal.”
Al-Ahmad added that heated arguments broke out as well during meetings of the Middle East Committee of the IPU between the Israeli and the Venezuelan delegations, which ended with withdrawal of the Israeli delegation.
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