'Israeli blood is no cheaper than French blood,' Danon tells UN

Danny Danon addressed the UN General Assembly as it marked International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
November 24, 2015 04:27
2 minute read.
Israel's ambassador to the UN, Danny Danon, holds up a collage of terrorism victims

Israel's ambassador to the UN, Danny Danon, holds up a collage of Israeli victims of Palestinian terrorism. (photo credit: UN)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later

NEW YORK – “The heinous murder of 20 innocent Israelis, just because they are Israelis, is no different than the cruel massacre of innocents in France,” Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon told the General Assembly.

“Terror is terror is terror, and it must be fought against, not justified,” he said.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.


Danon made the comments Monday during a debate on “the Question of Palestine” ahead of the UN’s International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.

In his speech to the UN Committee on Exercise of Inalienable Rights of Palestinian People just a few hours before Danon’s address, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said the “angry uprising” is the result of “diminishing hopes, the continued situation of strangulation, siege and pressure, and the lack of sense of security and safety” Palestinians feel.

According to him, these factors generate “tremendous frustration,” and that the stabbing attacks are “an inevitable result” of Israel’s “incessant violations and crimes against the Palestinian people.”

Danon said the day of solidarity is “a shameful day for the United Nations,” which is used “as a platform to attack Israel.”

“Over the years, this assembly has passed countless one-sided resolutions blaming Israel for any and all problems confronting the Palestinians,” he said on the podium. “Let’s be honest – for those members states who constantly engage in demonization and delegitimization of Israel, every day here at the UN is a day of solidarity with the Palestinians.”

JPOST VIDEOS THAT MIGHT INTEREST YOU:


Danon added that if the Palestinians had accepted the existence of a Jewish state alongside a Palestinian one, “Israelis and Palestinians would have been spared decades of needless conflict, of unnecessary pain and suffering, and of the devastating loss of life on both sides.

“Let’s stop avoiding the real, pressing question of Palestine, and ask ourselves: If the Palestinian leaders really want peace, why do they refuse to sit in the same room with the Israeli prime minister?” Abbas had told the UN earlier that “it is not logical to waste time in negotiations for the sake of negotiations; it is urgent to act now to salvage the prospects for peace.”

He also accused Israel of using many rounds of negotiations to gain more time in order to build more settlements, perpetuate apartheid on Palestinian land and steal Palestinian’s natural resources.

The Palestinian president added that the authority will continue its accession to international conventions and membership of international organizations.

He also reiterated that the Palestinians consider themselves no longer bound by agreements signed with Israel in the past due to “Israel’s destruction of the foundations upon which the political, economic and security agreements were signed.”

Danon said, “You can raise a Palestinian flag here in the UN, but as long as the Palestinians fail to raise a generation committed to peace and reconciliation, there will be no end to the violence.

“As long as those in this chamber do not demand that Palestinian leaders make the difficult decisions needed for peace, no rhetoric and no theatrics will improve the lives of the Palestinian people.”

Danon also read out loud the names of 22 Israelis who were killed in attacks by Palestinians since September.

The UN will mark International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People on November 29, the day the General Assembly adopted resolution 181 (II) on the Partition of Palestine, in 1947.

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

RIVKA LAZOVSKY visits a WIZO day-care center on the first day of school.
October 18, 2018
Head of WIZO World Organization: For women, against violence

By OFER LIVNAT/MAARIV