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Israeli MKs storm out during EU parliament chief's speech
Published Thursday 13/02/2014 (updated) 24/02/2014 11:18
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A Knesset session in progress.(MaanImages/file)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Right-wing Israeli MKs stormed out of the Knesset on Wednesday during a speech by European Parliament President Martin Schulz, accusing the EU official of propagating "lies" about Palestinian water consumption.

During an address to the Israeli Knesset, Schulz told MKs that the EU would always stand by Israel's side and mentioned the importance of remembering the Holocaust.

A day earlier, the German official had said that the EU would not boycott Israel.

But comments about the disparity between Israeli and Palestinian water consumption and Israel's seven-year blockade of the Gaza Strip prompted a walk-out by members of the far-right Jewish Home party.

Party leader Naftali Bennett demanded on Facebook that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu "demand an immediate correction in the name of honor of the State of Israel," Ynet reported.

"I will not accept an untrue sermon on morality directed at Israel in Israel's parliament. Definitely not in German," he added.

Speaking to German newspaper Die Welt on Thursday, Schulz expressed surprise at the reaction as he claimed to have given a "pro-Israel speech."

Several MKs decided to boycott Schulz's speech in advance on the basis that he was to address the Knesset in German.

Likud official Moshe Feiglin wrote on Facebook: "I see no value in having the parliament of the Jewish state hear a speech in the language used to force our parents onto trains and into furnaces."

In reaction to the walkout, Israeli rights group B'Tselem released a statement on Wednesday describing "undeniable discrimination" in the amount of water allocated to Palestinians.

"Yes, there is discrimination in water allocation and Israeli citizens receive much more water than Palestinian residents of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip," a statement said.

"The Government of Israel is largely responsible for this discrimination due its water policy."

According to The Emergency Water, Sanitation and Hygiene group, or EWASH, Israelis, including settlers, have access to 300 liters of water per day while the West Bank average is around 70 liters, below the World Health Organization's recommended minimum of 100 liters per day for basic sanitation, hygiene and drinking.

In the south Hebron hills, average water consumption varies between 10-60 liters per day, similar to consumption levels in sub-Saharan Africa or Haiti.
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1 ) Sarah / The Netherlands
13/02/2014 13:20
Truth hurts??? Good!

2 ) Heracles / Paris
13/02/2014 14:29
The Israeli administration is seriously concerned about the quantities of water used by Palestinians ....................... that is why the IDF regularly destroy wells and water springs in the occupied territory !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

3 ) @ Heracles-2 / USA
13/02/2014 16:26
The Hamas administration should be "seriously concerned about the quantities of water (food, education, hospitals, etc.) for Palestinians",
and prioritize these above their existing priority of killing Jews !!

4 ) Mel / USA
13/02/2014 16:28
'Nasty Benito' is just another rural-right Zionist & fascist.As a closeted neo-nazi,he probably wishes he had a swastika on his arm,LOL? Look at the guy! He's a Jewish-fascist white-supremacist thug,hiding under the sheeps-cloth of the "Holocaust"(boring)while he sends out his minions to attack defenseless non-Jews deprived of clean,adequate water,just to fill up Jewish swimming pools & sprinkler-systems in white-Jewish-only colonies,on OCCUPIED land.Occupation of water resources is a WAR CRIME!

5 ) Maureen / Australia
13/02/2014 19:34
Wonder where the right wing Israeli MKs wnt after storming out of the Knesset. - went to top up their swimming pools with more Palestinian drinking water?

6 ) Carlos / usa
13/02/2014 19:41
European Parliament President Martin Schulz is coming around to the reality of israeli debauchery. If he wont Boycott israel, I will by buying computers with AMD processors instead of intel chips.

7 ) Colin Wright / USA
13/02/2014 21:01
These were the actual words of the EU president: "A Palestinian youth asked me why an Israeli can use 70 cubic liters of water and a Palestinian just 17,” he said. “I haven’t checked the data. I’m asking you if this is correct.”

8 ) Dan / US
13/02/2014 21:28
This is unbelievable. The president of the EU parliament himself comes to the Israeli parliament and say unchecked rumors about Israel preventing the most basic thing WATER. How would Germany react if an Israeli official came to the German parliament and say the he heard from someone that in 2014 Germany put Jewish people in gas chambers. So many lies. "the IDF regularly destroy wells" is a joke from someone that never visited the area... the Palestinians don't have wells!!!

9 ) Mike / UK
16/02/2014 14:49
@Heracles-2/USA Palestinians 'prioritize killing Jews' do they? Let's have some facts. Exactly how many Jews have been killed in say the last 10 years? Now, how many Palestinians? Don't forget the 1400 men, women and children slaughtered during Cast Lead

10 ) Dimi / Germany
17/02/2014 18:19
Martin Schultz was unpolite because he "teached" the Knesset iun German. In his position he should abstain from comparing such things unknown to him. Drinking water is a limited resource,so he should blame the Israelis for consuming to much pointing to the Palestinians whu need less water.
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