Palestinian UN envoy demands action from secretary-general after Nablus deaths

Luke Tress is a JTA reporter and a former editor and reporter in New York for The Times of Israel.

Riyad Mansour, Palestinian representative to the United Nations, speaks during a Security Council meeting at United Nations headquarters, January 5, 2023. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Riyad Mansour, Palestinian representative to the United Nations, speaks during a Security Council meeting at United Nations headquarters, January 5, 2023. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

NEW YORK — Palestinian envoy to the United Nations Riyad Mansour demands action against Israel after 10 Palestinians were killed during a raid by Israeli forces against terrorists in the West Bank city of Nablus.

“The United Nations, which is supposed to stand by the weak and the vulnerable, should stand with the Palestinian people,” Mansour says, speaking after UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres at a periodic pro-Palestinian session at the UN headquarters in New York.

“We are losing credibility, you are losing credibility, this fabulous system is losing credibility,” Mansour says, calling on the UN to use all of its resources “to put an end to these massacres against our people.”

He accuses the Israeli government of “atrocities” and using “all kinds of pretenses in order to slaughter our people and to create havoc and create horror.”

“The international community should act, should implement its resolutions and should step up to the plate to protect the Palestinian population,” Mansour says, adding that the Palestinian mission will send a letter today to Guterres, the UN Security Council and the president of the General Assembly requesting further action against Israel.

Mansour also warns that the “occupied Palestinian territories are on the verge of a massive eruption because of the policies and practices, particularly of this Israeli government.”

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