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MKs in Germany Protest Simultaneous Visit by Iranian MPs

Mofaz sends formal protest: “We cannot be silent while the representatives of a murderous regime are received in the heart of democratic Europe.”
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 6/30/2011, 8:04 PM / Last Update: 6/30/2011, 8:20 PM

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Members of the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee on a visit to Berlin sent a letter of protest to their hosts upon finding that the Germans are simultaneously hosting a delegation from Iran.

The delegation, headed by MK Shaul Mofaz, is visiting Germany and France for a series of diplomatic meetings. In the course of their stay in Berlin, members of the delegation were dismayed to discover that Germany is also hosting a formal delegation from the Iranian Majlis, or parliament.
 
“At the same time that Germany is talking about effective steps in the matter of sanctions against Iran, it continues to talk with and host Iranian MPs who support the annihilation of Israel, in a breach of the declared and formal positions of the Chancellor and the German administration," it the letter read.
 
Mofaz consulted with fellow committee members Ronny Bar-On, Zev Bielsky (Kadima), Moshe Matalon (Israel is Our Home) and Einat Wilf (Independence), who approved a formal protest to German authorities.
 
The letter was sent to Chancellor Merkel as well as the German foreign minister, the chairman of the Bundestag and the head of the Bundestag’s Foreign Affairs Committee.
 
“We, the members of the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, who are currently on a formal visit in Berlin, object strenuously to the visit by members of the Iranian Majlis in Berlin and express our deep disappointment with their reception by senior officials in Germany, including in the Bundestag.
 
"The Iranian Majlis is a parliamentary façade that covers for a murderous regime that oppresses its people, murders and tortures young students protesting for freedom, supports and exports terror, assists Assad’s regime in suppressing demonstrations against him, denies the Holocaust while manufacturing nuclear weapons and missiles for carrying them in order to carry out genocide against the Jews and erasing our only state off the map"
 
"It is unacceptable that at the same time that Germany calls for a tough regime of sanctions against the Iranian administration, representatives of Germany and of German citizens undermine this policy. By meeting members of the Iranian Majlis they are sending a dangerous message that sanctions on Iran are being accompanied by a wink and a nod.”
 
“We cannot stand idly by as German representatives carry out a dialogue with a regime that calls for genocide. We see with concern the dangerous ties between German representatives and their Iranian counterparts and hope that these ties cease. We cannot be silent while the representatives of a murderous regime are received in the heart of democratic Europe.”