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Prosor: UN Iran resolution against violence is hypocrisy
By MAYA SHWAYDER JERUSALEM POST CORRESPONDENT
19/12/2013
Iran promotes and sponsors resolution, with 11 co-sponsors, for a "World Against Violence and Violent Extremism."
 
NEW YORK – Israel’s ambassador to the UN Ron Prosor reacted strongly to the UN’s vote to pass a resolution, sponsored by Iran, promoting a "World Against Violence and Violent Extremism” (WAVE) on Wednesday.

“Reading through the document before us, it wasn’t clear to me if I was reading a UN resolution or President [Hassan] Rouhani’s New Year’s resolution,” Prosor said. “After all, Iran is the world’s primary sponsor of terror responsible for the murder of thousands of innocent civilians from Bangkok to Burgas and Buenos Aires. It is also the principal supplier of weapons in the Middle East, igniting conflicts and inflaming sectarian divides.”

Prosor said the resolution was “riddled with hypocrisy,” and accused Iran of attempting to “ride the WAVE to international legitimacy.”

“Iran’s aspirations cannot be allowed to drown out the cries of its people who are victims of a regime that pretends to be progressive,” he continued. “Iran is one of the world’s worst human rights abusers.

This is a regime that hangs gays, stones women, imprisons journalists, and executes political opponents.”

The resolution, sponsored by Iran with 11 co-sponsors – which include Syria and Somalia – encourages UN member states to “unite against violent extremism in all its forms and manifestations as well as sectarian violence... stresses that it is important that States strongly condemn all forms of violence against women...recognizes the positive contribution that the exercise of the right to freedom of expression, particularly by the media and new technologies, including the Internet, [and] strongly condemns any advocacy of national, racial or religious hatred that constitutes incitement to discrimination, hostility or violence.”

The resolution passed by a consensus vote.
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