Arab-Israeli Knesset member to speak at UN ‘50 Years of Occupation’ conference
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Arab-Israeli Knesset member to speak at UN ‘50 Years of Occupation’ conference

JERUSALEM (JTA) — An Arab-Israeli member of Israel’s Knesset will speak at a United Nations conference on “50 Years of Occupation.”

Aida Touma-Suleiman of the Arab Joint List party will participate in the conference at the end of the month at the United Nations in New York sponsored by the U.N. Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People.

Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations, Danny Danon, slammed Touma-Suleiman’s participation, calling it “shameful that a member of Knesset is abusing her position and is working together with the Palestinians to harm Israel at the U.N.”

He added: “Her presence at this anti-Israel gathering, with the sole purpose of defaming our country, crosses all red lines.”

Touma-Suleiman said in response that “Danon’s statement is crossing all red lines.”

“It’s time to expose the ugly face of the occupation,” she told Ynet. “My job, as the representative of a public that supports the end of the occupation and the establishment of a Palestinian state in the 1967 borders with east Jerusalem as its capital, is to make my voice heard on every stage possible.”