Kuwait's parliament speaker calls for expulsion of Israel from global parliamentary union

Kuwait's parliament speaker calls for expulsion of Israel from global parliamentary union
The speaker of Kuwait's parliament has called for Israel to be expelled from a global legislative body, citing "double standards" over Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
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21 March, 2022
Ghanim called out what he called "double standards" over Israel [Getty]

The speaker of the Kuwaiti parliament Marzouq Ghanim has called for Israel to be expelled from the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), a world association of national parliaments.

He criticised what he slammed as "double standards" in relation to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Responding to a proposal by the IPU's 12+ Group, which includes European countries, Canada, and Australia to expel Russia from the global parliamentary body over its attack on Ukraine, Ghanim said: "How can they ask for expelling the Russian delegation or any other delegation from the IPU for an invasion that took place days or weeks ago and not expelling the Israelis for the invasion that took place before 60 years?"

The Kuwaiti parliament speaker made the statement at the IPU's annual conference, which began this month in Nusa Dua in Indonesia.

He said that while he was not opposed to measures against Russia for its invasion of Ukraine, these measures should be universally applied.

"We definitely in principle condemn any occupation, and I’m talking from a country that was occupied 30 years ago," Ghanem remarked, referring to the 1990 Iraqi invasion of Kuwait.

Ghanim has previously strongly criticised Israel, which continues to occupy the West Bank and besiege the Gaza Strip in violation of international law.

At a previous IPU conference in 2017, he shouted at Israeli delegates, saying: "Get out of the room, child killers!"

He has also urged Arab states to unite to have Israel expelled from the world parliamentary body.