Glasgow Summit: U.K. Apologizes After Disabled Israeli Minister Can’t Attend Climate Talks – Israel News (Lee Yaron | November 2021)

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GLASGOW – Energy Minister Karine Elharrar, a member of the Israeli delegation to the United Nations’ climate summit in Glasgow, was not able to join the talks on Monday because the transportation offered to her was not wheelchair-accessible.

Our thanks to the DLI for sharing this story with members (Gary is a member of the DLI).  We included the link here because it highlights how ableism can impact on the ability of a celebrated person with a disability to do their job.  It is also an opportunity to express our exasperation over the failure by the British organisers and to express our congratulations to the Israelis on having a disabled politician in their parliament and cabinet.  HUZZAH!

Elharrar could not find another way of reaching the summit and returned to her hotel in Edinburgh.

“I flew to the climate summit to take part in the fight against climate change by meeting [other energy ministers] from around the world,” the minister said in a statement.

“Unfortunately, this wasn’t possible because of accessibility issues, which don’t have a place in the year 2021. I’m hopeful that lessons from today will be learned so that tomorrow I can take part in advancing green energy, removing obstacles, and energy efficiency.”

Our thanks to the DLI for sharing this story with members.  We included the link here because it highlights how ableism can impact on the ability of a celebrated person with a disability to do their job.  It is also an opportunity to express our increditaby over the failure by the British organisers and to congratulate the Israelis on having a disabled politician in their parliament and cabinet.  HUZZAH!

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