(JTA) – The European Parliament Delegation for Relations with Israel is scheduled to commemorate victims of the current wave of terrorism by Palestinians during its next session.
Fulvio Martusciello, the Italian-born chair of the delegation responsible for parliamentary ties with the Jewish state, announced the planned commemoration on Thursday. He said he intended to have the “names of the Israeli victims” read out during the delegation’s meeting on Oct. 15.
“I express my condolences to the Israeli families of those who in the past week in Jerusalem, (were) victims of acts of terror,” Martusciello wrote. “These attacks are a crime that not only undermine any prospects for peace but also create a negative image of a sacred city for all religions.”
In the past week, Palestinians perpetrated several attacks against Jews in Jerusalem and other parts of Israel and the West Bank. Last week, a unit affiliated with the armed wing of Fatah, the party of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, assumed responsibility for the slaying of an Israel couple, Na’ama and Eitam Henkin, near the West Bank settlement of Itamar.
At least 20 Israelis were wounded in the attacks that followed, which Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday said were part of a “terror wave.” Several Palestinians, including the assailants, were also killed and others injured in clashes with security forces.
Set up in 1979, the delegation headed by Martusciello is among the European Parliament’s oldest and is responsible for maintaining and developing parliamentarian ties between the Knesset in Jerusalem and its counterpart within the European Union. The European Parliament also has a Delegation for Relations with the Palestinian Legislative Council, which was set up in 1993.