PA envoy says Israel, like Nazis, labels opponents as terrorists
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PA envoy says Israel, like Nazis, labels opponents as terrorists

Israel’s UN ambassador: ‘Despicable’ comparison warrants condemnation from international community

Riyad Mansour speaking to reporters on April 6, 2015. (UN/Loey Felipe)
Riyad Mansour speaking to reporters on April 6, 2015. (UN/Loey Felipe)

The Palestinian Authority’s UN envoy on Wednesday equated Israel’s designation of Palestinians who oppose the Jewish state’s policies in the West Bank and Gaza Strip as terrorists to Nazi Germany’s branding of Warsaw Ghetto uprising fighters.

Ambassador Riyad Mansour said in a press conference in New York that “[Israel’s] representative on the UN Security Council trying [sic] to show that all the Palestinian people who have legitimate rights to resist occupation in legitimate ways he paints them as terrorists.”

“Guess what, all colonizers, all occupiers, including those who suppressed the Warsaw [Ghetto] uprising, labeled those who resisted them as terrorists,” he said.

Israeli UN Ambassador Danny Danon rejected Mansour’s comparison outright, and said world powers should be disgusted with the Palestinian envoy’s claims.

Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon speaking before an emergency session of the Security Council, March 3, 2016. (Courtesy)
Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon speaking before an emergency session of the Security Council, March 3, 2016. (Courtesy)

“Any equalization between the Nazi’s and Israeli democracy is despicable and is worthy of denunciation from the international community,” Danon said. “The Palestinians continue to lie to the world and to turn to the international community with crazy claims, rather than to fight incitement and terrorism.”

Mansour has in the past claimed Israel is harvesting the organs of dead Palestinians, saying bodies of Palestinians killed by Israeli security forces “were returned with missing corneas and other organs, further confirming past reports about organ harvesting by the occupying power.”

Danon called that charge a “blood libel” and said the claim had shown the Palestinian ambassador’s true “anti-Semitic face.”

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