ALBAWABA - The European Union criticized Israel for preventing a Spanish deputy from entering Palestinian territories and deporting her to her country.
The Spanish representative in the European Parliament, Ana Miranda, was on her way with a European parliamentary delegation on an official visit to the Palestinian territories, on Monday, before being prevented from entering the West Bank, while she was at Ben Gurion Airport.
Miranda said in a short video she posted on her Twitter account that after hours of waiting, since nine o'clock in the evening, Israel did not allow her to enter its territories, and that it was almost five o'clock in the morning and she was deported on the first plane bound for Madrid.
‼️Deportada por Israel!. Despois de moitas horas de agarda dende as 21h, Israel non me permite a entrada como membro da Delegación de Relacións con #Palestina do #ParlamentoEuropeo. Son case as 5 da mañá e expúlsanme no primeiro voo a Madrid ⤵️ pic.twitter.com/P6nBStgkdx— Ana Miranda (@anamirandapaz) February 21, 2023
In media statements, the representative said that the action taken by the Israeli authorities against her was a "diplomatic insult" and showed disrespect for the European Union's legislature.
She also said that it is unacceptable for Israel to exercise control over the members of the delegation that "was heading to Palestine, and not to Israel."
"Que non me deixen entrar é o prezo a pagar por defender os dereitos humanos e denunciar a ocupación e o apartheid que Israel practica co pobo palestino", afirma Ana Miranda, que este mércores regresou a Galicia (na imaxe, tras aterrar en Vigo) https://t.co/UPEyc9bJ9N pic.twitter.com/BSAVsIsGo8— Praza Pública (@prazapublica) February 22, 2023
After the incident, Israel stated that Miranda was prevented from entering the country because she participated in an international flotilla of civilian ships carrying aid to Gaza in 2015, following an Israeli blockade imposed on the city at the time.
Israel bans entry of European Parliament representatives to its territory
This comes after a decision was issued to ban European representatives, who expressed support for terrorist organizations or who tried in the past to enter Israel illegally, from entering its land.
Ana Miranda aterriza en Vigo tras ser deportada por Israel: "Seguiremos defendiendo al pueblo palestino, no les tenemos miedo" https://t.co/jc07UMkBQi vía @Farodevigo— Ana Miranda (@anamirandapaz) February 21, 2023
According to the information circulated, Miranda got the green light to enter Israel while completing travel procedures, but Manu Pineda, yet another member of the European Parliament, was denied entry.
The four-day official visit of the members of the European Parliament includes trips to the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories of the West Bank and East Jerusalem.
? Así foi recibida @anamirandapaz á súa chegada ao aeroporto de Vigo tras a súa expulsión do aeroporto de Tel Aviv como membro da delegación oficial da Eurocámara de Relacións con Palestina @contradiscurso @bngvigo @obloque #PalestinaVencerá pic.twitter.com/pFHuHDQtOD— BNG_ParlamentoEuropeo (@BNG_ParlEuropa) February 21, 2023