A verbal confrontation broke out on Tuesday between the head of the Israeli delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the European Union, MK Erel Margalit (Zionist Union), and the Palestinian Authority's (PA) representative Zuhair Sandoka.
Sandoka attacked Israel at the conference and called for the expansion of the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement because, he said, "Israel is an apartheid state of occupiers."
Margalit hit back at Sandoka's remarks and noted that Israel condemns the killing of Palestinians by Jews, while PA leaders remain silent when terrorist attacks against Israelis occur.
"We condemned the murder of Ali Dawabsheh from top to bottom, including the prime minister and the president. And you? What about those who get up in the morning and murder Israelis? Does the Palestinian Authority condemn it? No, it names streets after them," said Margalit.
"Stop blaming Israel for everything already," he added.
Margalit's point is valid given that not only has PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas refused to condemn terrorist attacks against Israelis, he has justified them by saying the murder of dozens of Israelis and the wounding of hundreds others is part of a "peaceful uprising."
Abbas has also been at the forefront of the constant incitement against Israel, the most famous recent instance being his call on Palestinian Arabs to liberate the Al-Aqsa Mosque from Jews and their “filthy feet”.
Margalit, along with Likud MK Amir Ohana are representing Israel and the Knesset at the conference held in Brussels.
During the conference, the two are taking part in discussions concerning the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the difficult situation in Syria and its repercussions on the region. They are also holding meetings with EU officials.