Dutch MP of Turkish Muslim origin refuses to shake hands with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Upon the arrival of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Dutch Parliament, the Israeli Prime Minister reached out to shake his hand with a Dutch MP but MP Tunahan Kuzu refused to take it: “The blood of Palestinian children has been spilled on the streets of Gaza. He doesn’t deserve that I will shake his hand.”
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During Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit today at the Dutch Parliament, Dutch MP Tunahan Kuzu, who is of Turkish Muslim origin, refused to shake hands with Netanyahu according to various reports within the country.

According to the report, the Dutch DENK party MP refused to shake hands with Netanyahu during the reception held in his honor in order to protest Israel’s policy towards the Palestinians.  It was also reported that MP Kuzu was wearing a button bearing the PA flag.

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After the incident, Netanyahu turned around and had his back facing him. “He deserves no handshake while the blood of Palestinian children is being spilled on the streets of Gaza,” the Dutch MP stated. “We need to apply sanctions on Israel in order to stop this policy.”

An official that is part of the Prime Minister’s entourage stated that the Dutch MP of Turkish Muslim origin “refused to shake hands with Netanyahu and asked about the situation of the Palestinians in Gaza.” According to him, the Prime Minister replied and answered that the cement that is transferred to Gaza goes to the construction of tunnels instead of to the reconstruction of the coastal strip.

The official stressed that the MP represented an extremist party and that after Netanyahu’s response, he did not leave his hand in his pocket but placed it over his heart as a gesture that he apologized for his behavior.

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