BRUSSELS – Leila Khaled, a Palestinian woman charged with terrorism who has continued to promote violence against Israelis, will speak at the European Parliament on women's rights.

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Khaled was invited to Brussels by MPs representing Spain's far-left Izquierda Unida party. She had been arrested by the Israeli Air Force in 1970. She was carrying two grenades and was trying to hijack an El Al flight from Amsterdam with an accomplice, who was killed by security guards. British authorities had freed her in exchange for hostages from another hijacking, a month after her arrest.

She had hijacked an American passenger plane in 1969, landing it in Damascus, where two Israeli passengers were held captive for three months before being exchanged for Syrian prisoners of war incarcerated in Israel.

A member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), which is blacklisted as a terrorist entity by the European Union, Khaled is the keynote speaker at the event titled "The Role of Women in the Palestinian Popular Resistance according to a poster announcing the event.

The Brussels-based American Jewish Committee's Transatlantic Institute condemned Khaled's invitation, saying it was "deeply concerned" about it, and urged the speaker of the European parliament to prevent his speech.

In a statement, the director of the Transatlantic Institute, Daniel Schwayanthal, said it was “a scandal that a known terrorist is being offered a platform in the European parliament to spew out her hateful message. »

Khaled's terror group "has the blood of innocent victims on its hands," Schwemmenthal added. It would be a sad irony if the parliament, just days after establishing a special committee on terrorism, welcomed a terrorist and adored her as a 'resistant'”, he also wrote.

Anders Vistisen, vice-chairman of the European Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee and elected representative of Denmark, told JTA on Tuesday that he had urged the European Parliament in recent days to prevent Khaled from being received.

"I have been told that the leadership of parliament will not invite Palestinian terrorists, but will not prevent them from speaking if other parties invite them," said Vistisen, from the Danish People's Party, a member of the Reform and European conservatives.

This policy means that "Palestinian terrorists are freely welcomed into parliament on a fairly regular basis", he said. “This damages the credibility of the European Parliament,” he added.