Israeli Ambassador to the UN, Danny Danon, responded on Tuesday evening to statements made by Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister, Riyad al-Maliki, who called to countries across the globe to deny entry to Jews who live in Judea and Samaria.
“We’re talking about pure anti-Semitism. The PA Foreign Minister’s demand to label Jews is reminiscent of the labeling of Jews during the darkest periods in the history of humanity,” Ambassador Danon said, adding that “It is up the countries of the world to condemn the Palestinian Authority’s Foreign Minister and make a clear and firm statement against anti-Semitism.”
Danon’s words of protest referred to statements made earlier on Tuesday by Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki, at the start of a meeting of the UN’s Human Rights Council in Geneva. Al-Maliki called to the international community to forbid Jewish residents of Judea and Samaria from entering their countries.
“We cannot allow the international community to directly or indirectly deal with the mechanism of the occupation, and they cannot allow illegal settlers to enter their countries,” al-Maliki said. “I call to the countries to boycott the settlements, to boycott products from the settlements, and to threaten to place economic sanctions against the occupying entity, according to the guidelines of the commercial and human rights fields.”
In addition, al-Maliki called to the Security Council in New York to pass a decision against Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria, based on “The consensus of the international community regarding their illegal nature.”
Sources close to Israel’s envoy to the UN indicate that Ambassador Danon is in contact with senior UN representatives to urge them to condemn al-Maliki’s statements and stop the PA-bred anti-Semitic initiative.