EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: There is considerable hypocrisy in the fact that Kuwait, which in 1991 expelled approximately 400,000 Palestinians who worked and lived in its territory for decades (following the PLO’s enthusiastic support for the occupation of the emirate by Saddam Hussein), and even murdered thousands of others, is spearheading a diplomatic struggle in the Security Council that purports to protect Gazans following the violent riots along the border fence in the Gaza Strip.
Following the recent riots along the Israel-Gaza border, Kuwait has embarked on a campaign of remarkably hypocritical political activism with regard to the Palestinians. At the head of this campaign is parliament speaker Marzouq al-Ghanim. His name first appeared in Israeli headlines in October 2017, when he shouted at members of the Israeli parliamentary delegation at a meeting of the Inter-Parliamentary Union in St. Petersburg, “Get out of the hall … You child murderers.”
Though this was not Ghanim’s first provocation towards Israel (just over a year ago, for example, he called on the Arab Parliaments Association to mobilize and work together for the removal of Israel’s membership from the Inter-Parliamentary Union), the St. Petersburg outburst made him a hero in the eyes of Palestinians. About two months ago, a street in the West Bank town of Salfit was named after him as a sign of appreciation and recognition.