Israel’s Ambassador to the UN, Danny Danon, wrote a letter to the UN Secretary-General, citing the inaccuracies and outrage of Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas’ speech denying Jewish ties to the state and land of Israel.
Danon at the UN Photo Credit: Amir Levy/Flash90
Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon wrote in a letter to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, calling on him to condemn Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas’ speech, which included “racist” language against Israel. Danon stated, “Among the many vile fabrications in his address, Chairman Abbas repeated the lie that the reestablishment of the nation-state of the Jewish people in our historic homeland is “a colonial project that has nothing to do with Judaism.”
Danon continued, “The hateful words of the Chairman of the Palestinian Authority, which seem to question the very right of a United Nations member-state to exist, are completely unacceptable and must be unequivocally condemned.”
Danon compared the rhetoric of the speech to Nazi-esque mentality, as he stated, “Chairman Abbas also accused European powers of ‘moving Jews from Europe to the Middle East’ as part of a plan to further their economic interests. These statements sadly remind us of the racist words of the worst regimes of the previous century.”
Mahmoud Abbas has once again answered serious initiatives for dialogue with vile lies about Israel and the United States. These hateful claims are sure to have repercussions and only dim the prospects for peace.
— Ambassador Danon (@dannydanon) January 15, 2018
Abbas’ speech came in response to US President Donald Trump’s announcement to move the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, further declaring Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The decision sparked outrage within the Palestinian communities and Muslim countries.