EU ‘unpleasantly surprised’ over PA over accusations of racism

Palestinians condemn EU's von der Leyen for 'racist trope'

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AMMAN — Spokesperson for the European Commission said the EU “is unpleasantly surprised by the inappropriate statement of the Palestinian foreign ministry accusing the president of the European Commission of racism,” according to the BBC. اضافة اعلان

This comes after Palestinians and the Palestinian Authority (PA) condemned a congratulatory video message by head of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen on Israel's Independence Day on Wednesday.

Many have called the statement inappropriate, false, and discriminatory.

In the statement she praised Israel, including for having "made the desert bloom".

Diplomatic spatThe statement sparked an unusual diplomatic spat between the PA and the EU, its main donor.

The spokesperson added: "We are requesting clarification from the Palestinian authorities regarding this unacceptable reaction to her video."

The response of the Palestinian foreign ministry is a rare strong rebuke to a top figure in Brussels, with whom it typically has good relations.

The PA singled out von der Leyen's suggestion that Israel had cultivated barren land, calling it an "anti-Palestinian racist trope" that denies the expulsion of 700,000 Palestinians after the establishment of the State of Israel and the Arab-Israeli War in 1948.

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