A Kuwaiti official attending an international conference in Russia was widely praised on Wednesday after criticising Israel and kicking out its representative from the hall.
Israeli delegates at a conference in Russia’s St Petersburg were described as “child killers” before being kicked out of a conference by the speaker of Kuwait’s National Assembly on Wednesday, in a fiery speech that was widely praised among Arab social media users online.
Marzouk al-Ghanim launched the tirade during his speech at the Inter-Parliamentary Union Conference, stating the Israeli delegate “represents the most dangerous form of terrorism; state terrorism”.
“You should take your bags and leave this hall. Leave now if you have an atom of dignity…you occupier, you child killers,” he added in the midst of applause, before the Israeli official walked out.
The speech was commended by the head of the delegation of the Palestinian National Council at the IPU, Azzam Al-Ahmad, who said al-Ghanim’s words echoed the thoughts of all Arab nations.
“Al-Ghanim’s words in front of the delegates shine a light on the wounds Palestinians have suffered,” al-Ahmad said.
But the comments also triggered praise among Arabs on social media, prompting ‘Marzouk_Al-Ghanim’ to trend on Twitter in Kuwait, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia, after a video of the speech went viral.
Arab social media users, including many Palestinian activists, took to social networking sites in support of the minister “at a time of increasing normalisation” between Arab states and Israel.