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Dutch Muslim MP Refuses to Shake Netanyahu's Hand

Earlier this week, Stand for Israel was thrilled when Christians greeted Prime Minister Netanyahu as he arrived for a diplomatic trip to the Netherlands. Not everyone gave the Israeli premier such a warm welcome, however. The Times of Israel reports on one Dutch Muslim parliamentarian who refused to shake Netanyahu's hand:

A video of Netanyahu’s meet-and-greet with Dutch lawmakers in The Hague shows Tunahan Kuzu pointing to his pin as he puts his hand behind his back when Netanyahu approaches.

Netanyahu shrugs as both men nod in understanding. And the prime minister moves on to the next person waiting to greet him.

Kuzu, 35, was born in Istanbul and is a member of the the pro-immigrant DENK, or Think, party, which is made up of migrants to Holland.

In 2014, Kuzu led an unsuccessful parliamentary effort for the Netherlands to recognize Palestine.

Later in the day Netanyahu released a video from his plane in which he seemed to respond to the snub by Kuzu.

“Those who wrinkle their noses, let their noses stay wrinkled,” he said in a video posted to Twitter, quoting former prime minister Menachem Begin.

“Today, we saw another prime example of those who want peace and those who don’t want peace,” he said...

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