Thursday, September 23, 2010

(NEWS) Netherlands Bars Israeli Mayors Of West Bank Settlements From Taking Part In Dutch Study Trip

"An Israeli mayors group said Sunday that the Dutch government refused to let heads of West Bank settlements take part in a delegation of mayors in the Netherlands.

The Dutch Foreign Ministry said the government was not involved, and the decision to bar the settler mayors seemed to have been made solely by a group called the Association of Dutch Cities. Nonetheless, the barring of the settler mayors is part of a widening circle of protests against Israel over its settlement policy.

The Union of Local Authorities in Israel said 40 mayors planned a professional study trip to the Netherlands in October, but on Sunday the Union said its Dutch counterpart said the five settler mayors in the delegation could not take part."

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