12:51 GMT +314 December 2018
Listen Live
    In this Aug. 16, 2017, photo, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte gestures during the 19th Founding Anniversary of the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption at the Malacanang Presidential Palace in Manila, Philippines.

    'We Have to Take a Nausea Pill': Israeli Politicians Slam 'Problematic' Duterte

    © AP Photo / Aaron Favila
    Middle East
    Get short URL
    17440

    The Philippine president is widely known for his coarse comments in public and for his war on drugs that has reportedly claimed the lives of hundreds involved in drug trafficking, drawing criticism in regards to alleged human rights violations.

    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte will reportedly face opposition from Israeli politicians and NGOs during his visit to Tel Aviv. Member of Knesset Avi Dichter from the Likud Party said in an interview with radio station Kan Bet that it would have been easier to receive a president who does not have the reputation that Duterte has. He also suggested that people should take "a pill against nausea to receive" Duterte without discomfort.

    "It would have been more comfortable to receive a president here who had not made the kinds of comments we have heard, and it might be that we have to take a pill against nausea to receive him — in any event he is here, and we cannot ignore it," Dichter said.

    The head of the opposition party Zionist Union, Tzipi Livni, told the radio station that the four-day visit of such a "very problematic person" should be "very low profile." Tag Meir, an Israeli human rights NGO, went even further and sent a letter to Israeli President Reuven Rivlin with a call to drop the meeting with Duterte, who, as the NGO claims, is "racist and anti-Semite who is suspected of murder and other grave crimes."

    READ MORE: President Duterte 'Happy to Slaughter' Addicts Like Hitler Massacred the Jews

    Rodrigo Duterte came to Israel on September 2 on a four-day official visit. In a speech at a Jerusalem hall, he said that he seeks to ensure the protection and security of the 24,000 Philippine citizens who live and work in Jewish state.

    The Philippine president is known for his aggressive campaign against drug trafficking in his country, which has resulted in numerous deaths, some of which, human rights activists claim, have been unlawful. He is also famous for his comment that he would be happy to "slaughter addicts" like Adolf Hitler "massacred Jews."

    Related:

    Arms Deals and Oil Top Agenda of Duterte's Visit to Israel - Reports
    Duterte Says 'There'll Be More Rape Cases as Long Women Are Beautiful'
    Duterte Refuses to Buy US F-16s 'After They Humiliated Us'
    Philipines' Duterte Orders 60 Luxury Cars Be Smashed by Bulldozer (VIDEO)
    'Who Are You to Warn Us?' Duterte Rebukes US Advice Not to Buy Russian Subs
    I Believe in God But the War Against Drugs Made Him My Enemy – Duterte
    Tags:
    controversy, official visit, Rodrigo Duterte, Israel, Philippines
    Community standardsDiscussion
    Comment via FacebookComment via Sputnik