Brussels - 26 September 2017 - The AJC Transatlantic Institute is deeply concerned over today's planned appearance and speech by convicted PFLP terrorist Leila Khaled in the European Parliament. The conference under the auspices of the far-left GUE group is entitled "The Role of Women in the Palestinian Popular Struggle" and is slated today for 18:30 CET.
"It is an utter disgrace that a convicted terrorist is given a platform in the European Parliament to spew her hateful message. An EU-designated terror group, the PFLP has the blood of innocent victims on its hands," said Daniel Schwammenthal, Director of AJC's EU office, the AJC Transatlantic Institute.
"It would be a sad irony if Parliament, only days after crucially setting up a special committee on terrorism, were to welcome and lionize as a 'resistance fighter' a convicted terrorist who was captured in 1969 while hijacking a commercial airplane," Schwammenthal added. "Khaled's appearance would diminish Parliament's standing as a democratic house for dialogue and peace. We thus urge European Parliament President Antonio Tajani to condemn this event and use all means at his disposal to prevent Khaled from entering the parliament's premises."