Terror Affiliate Invited to Speak at EU Parliament Event
Manuel Pineda, known to us as a member of the PFLP, an EU designated terrorist organization was recently elected to become a Member of the European Parliament (MEP). Pineda was recently elected to serve as a Spanish representative for the Izquierda Unida faction of the GUE Group in the European Parliament.
MEP Pineda, who also goes by the name of Abu Carlos, hosted an event and invited Khaled Barekat, the founder and leader of Samidoun, to speak at his event. Samidoun is an NGO known to have close ties with designated Palestinian terror groups, primarily the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). The participation of terror affiliates under the roof of the EU Parliament testifies to a severe problem in Europe.
The ILF, together with our European partners, submitted a demand letter to Mr. David Sassoly, Parliament President, explicitly requesting Parliament take necessary and proper steps against MEP Pineda’s illegal initiative. The letter cited the 2017 parliamentary resolution forbidding the participation of terror affiliates in any official parliamentary event, which the ILF assisted in advancing at the time.