NEW YORK – Palestinian Authority Representative to the United Nations Riyad Mansour held a press conference on Wednesday in which he slammed Israel for “labeling” Palestinians terrorists and drew a comparison between the Jewish state and the Third Reich.
Mansour told reporters at the event that Israel’s ambassador to the UN, Danny Danon, is trying to paint “all the Palestinian people who have legitimate rights to resist the occupation in legitimate ways,” as terrorists.
“Guess what?” he added. “All colonizers, all occupiers, including those who suppressed the Warsaw [Ghetto] Uprising, labeled those who were resisting them as terrorists.”
The comments came after Mansour and Danon had a verbal confrontation during a meeting of the Security Council last week, as the Israeli ambassador demanded that Mansour condemn acts of Palestinian terrorism against Israelis.
Danon had brought with him to the UN the husband and daughter of Dafna Meir, 38, who was stabbed to death in January by a Palestinian teenager who had forced his way into their home.
In response to Mansour’s comments on Wednesday, the Israeli envoy said that “any comparison between the Nazi regime and the democratic State of Israel is despicable and must be condemned by the international community.”
During the press conference, the Palestinian ambassador also announced that the Security Council will hold an “Arria-formula” process, an informal meeting to discuss protection for the Palestinian people.
“The Palestinians are continuing to lie to the world and turn to the international community with ridiculous claims instead of focusing their efforts on fighting terror and incitement,” Danny Danon said.
In his statement, Danon also reacted to a briefing of the UN Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of Palestinian People held on Wednesday, in which Israel was accused of detaining innocent minors.
“When we arrested the 16-yearold who killed Dafna Meir, an innocent mother of six, we treated him like the terrorist that he is – a murderer who belongs in prison for life,” he said.