Shas MK tells Knesset: Auschwitz visit left us hungry and tired

Shas MK tells Knesset: Auschwitz visit left us hungry and tired

Nissim Zeev cites lack of sleep, sandwich-heavy menu and shortage of hot drinks, says MKs on a diplomatic mission deserve better

Shas MK Nissim Zeev (photo credit: Abir Sultan/Flash90)
Shas MK Nissim Zeev (photo credit: Abir Sultan/Flash90)

Upon his return from a visit to Poland as part of a massive Knesset delegation for International Holocaust Remembrance Day, MK Nissim Zeev (Shas) expressed dissatisfaction with the accommodation and other arrangements.

“I think that MKs who were 48 hours without sleep, with [only] sandwiches most of the day and sometimes without bathrooms — I’m sorry to say this — there [should] have been] a chance to go somewhere after the flight,” Zeev said, according to Maariv on Thursday. “To a hotel — not to sleep, but just to get a hot cup of tea or coffee after a full night in which we were awake and didn’t sleep.”

Zeev was speaking at a Knesset plenum meeting, which he went to immediately after his red-eye flight back to Israel from Poland.

MKs deserve better “when they go not for the purpose of a vacation, but to deliver the state’s message to the world,” he added.

Not mentioned in the MK’s account of the trip, however, was the breakfast served on the flight to Poland or the catered dinner for 500 people at the end of the event, both of which were glatt kosher. It is also unclear which “48 hours” he was referring to since the trip only lasted one day.

Zeev was one of some 60 Knesset members, and including Economy and Trade Minister Naftali Bennett, Housing Minister Uri Ariel, Immigration and Absorption Minister Sofa Landver, and Environmental Protection Minister Amir Peretz, who made up a delegation that represented Israel at Holocaust memorial services in Poland earlier in the week. They were also joined by 24 Holocaust survivors and their families, as well as 250 prominent public figures, including State Comptroller Yosef Shapira, Supreme Court Justice Elyakim Rubinstein and Yad Vashem chairman Avner Shalev.

The delegation ran into some unexpected delays on the way back from Poland when one plane experienced some mechanical malfunctions, leading to a stoppage of several hours.

Ze’ev, who was not on the delayed plane, said he planned to address his issues with the trip in a letter to the director general of the Knesset.

Haviv Rettig Gur contributed to this report.

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