Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon slammed UN General Assembly President Peter Thomson for wearing a Palestinian flag scarf at a meeting marking the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian people on Tuesday.
Danon said it was “unacceptable” that someone in a position symbolic of “neutrality and stateliness…wrap[ped] himself in a Palestinian flag” and attended the event — held by the UN’s Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People (CEIRPP) — “whose sole purpose [was] to attack and besmirch the state of Israel.”
“This is living, unequivocal proof of the bias against Israel and the slander spread about us at the UN,” Danon added.
The special session of CEIRPP was initiated by the Palestinian delegation to mark the day on which the UN passed its 1947 Partition Plan that led to the creation of the state of Israel.
In his address to the General Assembly, Danon held up the front page of the New York Times from November 30, 1947 — the day after the Partition Plan vote — which bore the headlines, “Assembly Votes Palestine Partition” and “Arabs Walk Out… Disavow Any Partition Role.”
Danon then questioned whether “the Palestinians even want a state.”
“History tells us that the answer is no,” he said. “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.”
Danon added that the Palestinian Authority “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.”
During the General Assembly’s Tuesday session, the body adopted six resolutions critical of Israel. These included one that ignores Jewish ties to the holy sites in Jerusalem, an allocation of resources to help promote the Palestinian narrative and another calling on Israel to withdraw from the “occupied territories.”