Socialist Group on fact-finding mission to Palestine

Three months after US President Donald Trump announced formal recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, along with moving US embassy to the city, Socialists and Democrats Group in European Parliament is conducting a fact-finding mission to both Israel and Palestine.

In the course of the five-day trip that starts Saturday the six-member S&D delegation will get first-hand experience of the developments on the ground, with the focus on settlement activities including in occupied East Jerusalem and Al-Khalil, or Hebron, said an S&D press release Friday.

The delegation will also visit Am’ari Girls’ School to meet UNRWA student parliamentarians. The S&D MEPs will meet officials from both sides, as well as the leaders of the social democratic parties.

S&D Group vice-president and the chair of the delegation, Elena Valenciano, said that they will also meet prominent Palestinian political leaders “to discuss the further deteriorating situation in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip. Our Group works all the year round with our partners in the Middle East.

“We are not optimistic, but we want to make it sure that the progressive segment of Israeli society, and of course Palestinian society, as well as the authorities apprehend our solidarity and connection to them, and also understand that we are ready to support and accompany them on the way to peace”, she added.

Source: Kuwait News Agency