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Minister blocked from entering COP26 slams organizers’ ‘scandalous conduct’

Energy Minister Karine Elharrar speaks at conference of her Yesh Atid party in Shefayim, September 22, 2021. (Gili Yaari/ Flash90)
Energy Minister Karine Elharrar speaks at conference of her Yesh Atid party in Shefayim, September 22, 2021. (Gili Yaari/ Flash90)

Energy Minister Karine Elharrar slams the “scandalous” behavior of the organizers of the UN climate summit in Glasgow, after she was unable to enter the compound for an entire day, due to wheelchair inaccessibility issues.

“This is scandalous conduct and it shouldn’t have happened,” Elharrar tells the Ynet news site. “I came with certain goals and I couldn’t achieve them today.”

“The UN calls on everyone to adhere to the international treaty,” Elharrar says, presumable referring to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. “So it is appropriate for there to be accessibility at its events.”

Elharrar’s Yesh Atid party leader Yair Lapid, the foreign minister, says: “It is impossible to take care of the future, the climate, and sustainability if we don’t first take care of people, accessibility, and people with disabilities.”

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