Venezuela’s UN envoy apologizes for likening Israel actions to ‘final solution’
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Venezuela’s UN envoy apologizes for likening Israel actions to ‘final solution’

Despite phone call from Rafael Ramirez to say he is sorry, Israeli ambassador Danny Danon demands public apology

Flags of member nations flying in front of United Nations headquarters in New York, September 25, 2015. (JTA/Michael Gottschalk/Photothek via Getty Images)
Flags of member nations flying in front of United Nations headquarters in New York, September 25, 2015. (JTA/Michael Gottschalk/Photothek via Getty Images)

RIO DE JANEIRO — Venezuela’s ambassador to the United Nations called his Israeli colleague to apologize for his remarks accusing Israel of seeking a “final solution” against the Palestinians made a day after Holocaust Remembrance Day, Israel’s UN mission said.

Rafael Ramirez called Danny Danon over the weekend to offer the apology for what Danon called “blunt anti-Semitic statements” toward “the Jewish nation,” Israel’s UN mission said in a statement.

During the phone call, the statement said, Danon demanded that Ramirez issue a public apology, which may happen at the next Security Council meeting on the Middle East this week.

At a Security Council meeting on Friday, Ramirez said council members should ask themselves: “What does Israel plan to do with the Palestinians? Will they be disappeared? Is Israel trying to impose a ‘final solution’ on the Palestinians in the West Bank?”

Venezuela’s ambassador to the United Nations Rafael Ramírez, 2010. (CC-BY 4.0/Wikimedia/Government.ru)
Venezuela’s ambassador to the United Nations Rafael Ramírez, 2010. (CC-BY 4.0/Wikimedia/Government.ru)

The comparison, drawing a link between Israel and Nazi Germany, drew immediate outrage from Israel, the United States, the United Kingdom and France.

“The ambassador’s statements are a continuation of the Palestinian representative’s statements which equated Israel to the Nazis only a few days ago,” Danon said. “The Palestinians are bringing anti-Semitism to the UN and are bringing the language of racism to the world parliament.”

 

Last month, the Palestinian Authority representative to the UN, Riyad Mansour, drew a parallel between Israeli soldiers tackling Palestinian stone-throwers and Nazis quashing the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.

Mansour, who called had called a press conference to discuss UN action on Israel and the Palestinians, attacked Israeli diplomats for their terming stone-throwers “terrorists.”

“All colonizers, all occupiers, including those who suppressed the Warsaw Uprising, labeled those who were resisting them as terrorists,” he said.

The US State Department issued a statement expressing “deep concern” over Mansour’s comments.

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