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EU Prez Martin Schulz wreaks havoc during speech at Knesset

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EU-Parlament President  Martin Schulz Knesset 12. Februar 2014, 02:50
EUParlament President Martin Schulz Knesset February 12 2014 (photo: freiewelt.net)

German European Parliament President Martin Schulz caused an uproar during his address to the Knesset today because of remarks he made about conditions in occupied Palestine.

It appears some Israeli MKs are unaware of the gross discrepancies between water allocations in the areas under their purview.  Haaretz  reports EU President Schulz was accused of “blatant” and “lying propaganda“, “selective hearing” as well as incitement “against Jews” during a session in the Knesset today when he repeated a question from a Palestinian youth alluding water usage in Israel was several times that of occupied Palestine and questioned if it was true:

“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.”

This claim came as a surprise and shock to some members of the Knesset! Indignant, Habayit Hayehudi [Jewish Home] party leader Naftali Bennet demanded an apology and walked out with his party’s MKs in tow.

MK Moti Yogev (Habayit Hayehudi) called to Schulz: “Shame on you, you support someone who is inciting against Jews.”

“The comments made in the Knesset are very serious,” said party chairman Naftali Bennett. “Habayit Hayehudi demands an apology from the president of the European Parliament, who said two lies in his speech, which Palestinians fed him. Silence in the face of lying propaganda grants legitimacy to activities against Israeli citizens.”

MK Itzik Shmuli of Labor has filed a complaint to the Knesset’s ethics committee, saying the walkout was “in contempt of the Knesset.” Meretz leader Zahava Gal-On said she objected to the damage done to the Knesset as an institution.

Culture and Sports Minister Limor Livnat, of Likud, supported the walkout.

“Give him all due respect, but the president of the [European] Parliament stands here and says a blatant lie as though Israelis have the right to use 70 cubic liters of water and the Palestinians 17 cubic liters,” she said.

Netanyahu accused the EU President of “selective hearing”. German press website DW reported Bennett immediately took to his Facebook page:

 “I will not tolerate duplicitous propaganda against Israel in the Knesset … and especially not in German.”

And Likud MK Moshe Feiglin also took to facebook expressing his refusal to attend the speech altogether stating it was  “inappropriate” to give a speech in German at the Knesset because:

“the language used when our parents were thrust into the railway wagons and in the crematoria.”

More from DW:

In his speech, Schulz also said “the Palestinians have the right to self-determination and equality,” and that they want to “live in peace and have unlimited freedom of movement,” which he said they are denied in Gaza.

Shortly before his Knesset speech, Schulz had complained of sensitivity in Israel against criticism from Europe. “Mutual criticism is quite normal in a democracy,” he told Israeli journalists. “The EU stands by its special relationship with Israel, but that does not mean that it has to agree with every decision of the Israeli government,” stressed Schulz.

We recommend “Everyday Nakba” (7:36!) an award winning documentary about water, filmed and directed by Mohammad al-Azza. Set in Aida refugee camp , West Bank Palestine:

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This has the potential of being a WATERSHED

Can the water experts please support/provide Schultz the facts (including GAZA which gets sewage to drink) and DESTROY Netanyahu over this?

Coming on the heels of Scarlett Sodastream? – this is just too much – the clear parallels are dripping all over this

Losing it, the bots. For so long they controlled the narrative. Their 2 conflicting narratives, No truth. Now truth in the Knesset and they can’t take it.

A bit of urdu

Mir, these wilds of today
Were bustling towns yesterday

Mir Taqi Mir

The notion that Zionism controls its own destiny is so deluded.

Great piece. You night also note that the second “lie” Schulz told is that Israel is blockading Gaza. I find this event very telling. I’ve long since come to accept that the Occupation is in fact very popular in Israel (certainly more popular than peace), which is why it continues so long and why no serious Israeli peace movement develops. But I hadn’t quiet realized the extent to which Israelis block out every sight and… Read more »

No politician is going to stand in the Knesset and quote stats he heard from ‘a Palestinian boy’.

This was very deliberate. Shultz knew his facts, but decided to play the ‘you tell me’ game.

He won hands down. Nicely played Mr Shultz.

NOTE—where the article says “shared water resources” refers to the aquifilter on Palestine property in the occupied West Bank. As typical of Israel they ‘occupied’ the water like they do everything else. Israelis get four-fifths of scarce West Bank water, says World Bank Palestinians losing out in access to vital shared aquifer in the occupied territories Rory McCarthy in Jerusalem theguardian.com, Wednesday 27 May 2009 13.05 EDT A deepening drought in the Middle East is… Read more »