MK Michael Oren is expected to represent Israel at a Council of Europe ceremony marking International Holocaust Remembrance Day, which will take place Wednesday at the organization`s headquarters in Strasburg, France.
Oren, who heads the Knesset delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), is taking part in the Council`s conference on international terror, the fight against anti-Semitism, growing extremism among children and Jordan`s request to grant its parliament ”partner for democracy status” with PACE.
MK Oren (left) with PACE Secretary-General Sawicki
During a meeting on Wednesday with PACE Secretary-General Wojciech Sawicki (Poland), MK Oren said Israel ”welcomes Europe`s commitment to combat anti-Semitism, but its latest actions, such as the labelling of goods manufactured in Judea, Samaria and the Golan Heights, coupled with the repeated statements by Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom, raise doubts regarding this commitment.”
Referring to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani`s four-day visit to Italy and France, Oren asked ”How can Europe honor the memory of the Holocaust, and on the same exact day host the leader of the Iranian regime, which denies that the Holocaust actually happened?”