Africa / Middle East
The Israeli embassy in Madrid has requested six documents from the International Olive Council pertaining to Israel’s exclusion from the IOC’s Council of Members meeting in June.
In a memo sent to the IOC last month, which was reviewed by Olive Oil Times, the Israeli embassy reiterated it would not recognize any of the decisions made during the session.
Israel does not recognize any of the decisions taken during this session as legitimate and reserves its right to present a formal claim to the United Nations on this matter.
IOC Executive Director Abdellatif Ghedira, Deputy Director Jaime Lillo and Mustafa Sepetçi, the director of the IOC’s technical, economic and promotional units, all received new mandates running through 2023 at the meeting.
“Israel does not recognize any of the decisions taken during this session as legitimate and reserves its right to present a formal claim to the United Nations on this matter,” the Israeli embassy wrote in the memo.See more: Documents Detail Exclusion of Israeli Representative at Olive Council Meeting
Among the documents Israeli officials in Madrid are requesting are the minutes from the June 21 meeting of the Council of Members; a list of participants from the meeting together with each one of their credentials; and numerous other documents from the credential committee, which sits at the crux of the dispute.
Israeli officials claim that the committee, which decides whether members and observers have submitted the correct paperwork in time to attend the meetings, intentionally prevented Israel from joining in spite of having submitted the correct credentials.
The IOC maintains that Israel did not submit the proper documents in time to officially accredit its proxy (Israel’s usual representative was unable to attend the meeting) to attend.
“A letter from Dr. Adi Naali informing of the appointment for the 109th meeting of Mr. Ignazio Castellucci, from a personal email to the email of the IOC was received by the executive secretariat,” the credential committee wrote in its report of the 109th session. “This communication was not signed by a competent accreditation authority of Israel.”
Along with the credential committee’s report from 2019, Israeli officials have also requested every report made by the committee over the previous eight years, the list of rules and procedures from the committee and the credentials submitted by every IOC member for the last five years.
The request was sent from the Israeli embassy in Madrid to the IOC on August 6 and it is unclear whether the IOC has already complied. The IOC did not respond to multiple requests for comment, but previously said they would investigate why Israel’s representative was unable to attend the meeting.
“The executive secretariat regrets this setback, which prevented Israel from participating in the 109th session,” a spokesperson told Olive Oil Times in July. “The executive secretariat is currently analyzing the information provided by Dr. Naali and will make a detailed report to the Council of Members and then publish a formal response.”