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European Parliament Members Call Mk Dichter 'Devil' and 'War Criminal'

“He is a war criminal who should be on trial.”


Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee chairman Avi Dichter faced sharp criticism Monday from European Parliament members in Brussels, who called him a warmonger and war criminal during a meeting of the Committee on Foreign Affairs. 

Dichter spoke to the committee about killing of two Israelis in the Barkan Industrial Park on Sunday. He explained the anti-Pay Slay Law that he sponsored. 

Portuguese Member of European Parliament (MEP) Ana Gomes, who is a strong supporter of boycotts of Israel, responded: 

“Mr. Chairman, you said you were honored to receive Mr. Dichter, but I’m not,” Gomes said. “I’m disgusted. As head of the Shin Bet [Israel Security Agency], he masterminded the policy of targeted killings, in which many died in extrajudicial killings. He also initiated the racist nation-state bill, which I think makes Palestinian citizens of Arab origin second class citizens.” 

Gomes said that, as a former diplomat, she was “trained to engage with the devil,” but that Dichter “is not interested in peace” and is “a war-monger.” 

The Spanish vice chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, Javier Couso Permuy, went further in criticizing Dichter and walked out of the room in protest. 

“He is a war criminal who should be on trial,” Permuy said. “The man sitting next to [the committee chairman] is a war criminal who ordered the torturing of Palestinian prisoners and killing of Hamas activists and blew up citizens. I don’t want to be in the same place with a war criminal, because I’m disgusted by him, so I will leave the room.” 

Slovenian MEP Ivo Vajgl noted, “You have not convinced me today that you wished to lead a dialogue with the Palestinians.” 

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