Bezalel Smotrich, the ultra-far-right Israeli finance minister, declared in Paris on Sunday that Palestinians do not exist.
There is “no such thing as Palestinians because there’s no such thing as the Palestinian people,” Smotrich said.
His remarks were “met with applause and cheers from attendees,” The Times of Israel noted and as videos of the event show.
Smotrich went further, declaring that he – a West Bank settler – is a “real” Palestinian.
Speaking from Paris, far-right Israeli Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich: "The Palestinian people are an invention from the past century. There is no such thing as Palestinians because there’s no such thing as the Palestinian people". pic.twitter.com/KgRkt5rgsM
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Hanging from Smotrich’s podium was a flag depicting the whole of historic Palestine, Jordan and parts of Lebanon and Syria as belonging to the Zionist state – revealing a desire for even greater territorial expansion that other Israeli officials have expressed as well lately.
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