Palestinians call for Hungarian ambassador to be expelled over Hévíz 

Fatah is angry that Heviz signed a cooperation agreement with the Samaria Regional Council, Arutz7 reports.

The Fatah faction has called on the Palestinian Authority to expel the head of Hungary’s representative office in Ramallah, Dr. Csaba Rada, in protest against the recently signed agreement between the Samaria Regional Council and the Hungarian town of Hévíz

– reported Jerusalem Post journalist Khaled Abu Toameh.

The twin city agreement, first signed in 2017, covers cooperation between the council and Hévíz in the fields of finance, industry and tourism.

The latest agreement, signed last week, aims to further strengthen cooperation between the two partners, and a delegation from the Hungarian city will soon visit the Samaria region.

Raed al-Debai, head of the International Relations Committee of the Fatah Youth Movement, said that his group „does not consider it appropriate for partners of the occupation to remain in Ramallah.”

He accused Hungary of violating international law and UN resolutions, in particular, Security Council Resolution 2334, which states that „Israeli settlements” are „a flagrant violation of international law.”

„Those who provide political cover for the occupation and its crimes are not welcome on our soil”

– he said.

Abu Toameh also reported that the Palestinian Authority’s „Ministry of Foreign Affairs” summoned the head of the Hungarian diplomatic mission in Ramallah last week to lodge a formal complaint against the agreement between the Samaria Regional Council and Heviz.

Hungary, whose government has pledged its support to Israel, also opened a trade office in Jerusalem in 2019, which is a branch of the Hungarian Embassy in Tel Aviv.

Cover photo: Representative Office of Hungary in Ramallah/Facebook

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