The Israeli Energy Minister was unable to participate in the climate summit as there was no access for people using wheelchairs

Karen Al-Harr, Orna Barbivai and Meir Cohen of the Yesh Atid party arrive for consultations on forming a coalition government, at the president’s residence in Jerusalem. Photograph: Amir Cohen/Reuters

The Israeli Energy Minister Karen Al-Harr, was unable to enter the Climate Summit venue (COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland, where there was no access for people using wheelchairs.

The organizers of the event did not allow her to enter the great hall where the world leaders and their officials were.. This situation lasted about two hours. Finally, they offered her a transfer service to take her to another area of ​​the summit, she said Aurora.

However, the car they gave him was not suitable for transporting a person in a wheelchair. Then, Elharrar, who suffers from muscular dystrophy, He returned to his hotel in Edinburgh after the bad time he had.

I have come to COP26 to meet my counterparts from all over the world and promote a common fight on the climate crisis. It is sad that the United Nations, which promotes accessibility for persons with disabilities, in 2021, does not provide access to its events. It is hoped that the lessons learned will be learned so that promoting the green energy of tomorrow, removing barriers and energy efficiency are the things I will be dealing with.”

In this regard, the Israeli Prime Minister, Naftali Bennett, spoke with the minister and described it as “unacceptable” that the summit organizers prevented her from entering.

The Israeli Prime Minister confirmed that the Elrar car will arrive tomorrow at the summit area within the official convoy, and therefore it will be allowed to enter.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson greets Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett upon his arrival at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland.  Alister Grant/Paul via Reuters
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson greets Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett upon his arrival at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland. Alister Grant/Paul via Reuters

Last Friday, before the summit kicked off in Glasgow, Israel has announced that it is committed to achieving carbon neutrality by 2050, joining several countries that have made similar declarations.

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In July, the Hebrew state announced a plan to cut carbon emissions by 85% by 2050 compared to 2015, a goal less ambitious than carbon neutrality adopted by most developed countries.

With this new goal, Israel joins the developed countries that are already taking steps to achieve the goal of zero emissions and confirms their commitment to the Paris Agreement and international agreements on this topic.Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett was quoted as saying in a statement from his office.

According to Bennett’s office, Israel aims to achieve carbon neutrality by developing its capacity to store green energy, especially solar energy, sequestering carbon, educating consumers about energy savings and developing innovation in this field.

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