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Gulf Daily News | October 24, 2007

Break contact with Zionists

A CALL to stop any normalisation of relations with Israel went out from angry MPs yesterday.

They demanded that the government immediately break any contact with the Zionists, saying it was hurting the feelings of Bahrainis.

The urgent proposal will now be studied by parliament's foreign affairs, defence and national security committee in co-ordination with the temporary Palestinian Support Committee.

MPs were angered by an unofficial meeting between Foreign Minister Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa and his Israeli counterpart Tzipora "Tzipi" Livni, on the sidelines of a summit at the United Nations, in New York, earlier this month.

The proposal was drafted by a cross-section of MPs, who said that tough measures should be taken to ensure that there are no meetings with Israelis, in line with Amiri Decree Number 15, issued in 1955. The MPs are parliament's first vice-chairman Ghanim Al Buainain, Al Wefaq bloc president Shaikh Ali Salman, parliament legislative and legal affairs committee vice-chairman Shaikh Jassim Al Saeedi, Nasser Al Fadhala and Hassan Al Dossary.

They also called for the immediate reopening of the Israel Products Boycott Office, which was closed under the US-Bahrain Free Trade Agreement (FTA).

Mr Al Fadhala said that Shaikh Khalid's actions had angered Bahrainis, who demanded that MPs take action.

"Shaikh Khalid says that his actions were not normalisation and were aimed at solving the Palestinian issue, which is a hollow excuse," he said.

"Bahrain's laws ban any type of normalisation and what's really annoying is that the meeting was held without anyone being informed about it, the government or even us, the people's representatives."

"We want MPs to prepare a report on what they want to do now on the issue to ensure that no other official follows his footsteps.

"The Israel Products Boycott Office should also be reopened to ensure that the Zionists' products don't enter our country in any way possible, because the moment one product enters the market, others would follow." The two committees now have two weeks to prepare their report, which will be submitted to the Cabinet to take necessary action.


Posted on 24-10-2007

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