Israeli UN envoy slams General Assembly head for Palestinian flag scarf

 

U.N. General Assembly President Peter Thomson. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

(JNS.org) Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon slammed U.N. General Assembly President Peter Thomson for wearing a Palestinian flag scarf.

Thomson wore the scarf Tuesday, at a meeting of the U.N.'s Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People (CEIRPP) that marked International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. The special session, initiated by the Palestinian U.N. delegation, came on the anniversary of the U.N. Partition Plan of Nov. 29, 1947, which led to the creation of the state of Israel. 

"It's unacceptable for the president of the U.N. General Assembly, whose position is a symbol of neutrality and stateliness, to wrap himself in a Palestinian flag and participate in an event whose sole purpose is to attack and besmirch the state of Israel,” Danon said. “This is living, unequivocal proof of the bias against Israel and the slander spread about us at the U.N."

In his address to the U.N. General Assembly, Danon questioned whether the Palestinians really want statehood and argued that the Palestinians have rejected every Israeli offer for peace.

"Do the Palestinians even want a state? History tells us that the answer is no. If the Palestinians really wanted peace, we could have had peace decades ago. The Palestinians reject every Israeli offer and every plan and respond with waves of violence and terror," he said.

During his speech, Danon held up the front page of The New York Times from Nov. 30, 1947, the day after the Partition Plan vote, with headlines that read "Assembly Votes Palestine Partition" and "Arabs Walk Out…Disavow Any Partition Role."

Danon added that the Palestinian Authority (PA) “pays lip-service to these [peace] initiatives because it pays well. The real goal of the PA is to continue to exist as a corrupt entity living off the goodwill of the international community without the responsibilities of governing. And they know the only way to do so is to continue the conflict."

The General Assembly also adopted six resolutions critical of Israel Tuesday. The resolutions included measures ignoring Jewish ties to holy sites in Jerusalem, allocating resources to help promote the Palestinian narrative, and calling on Israel to withdraw from the “occupied territories.”

Posted on November 30, 2016 .