The United Nations headquarters in New York is being used by the Palestinians as the venue for an anti-Israel event titled, “United Nations Forum to Mark Fifty Years of Occupation”.
The two-day meeting, which is taking place Thursday and Friday this week, was organised by the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People.
Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon slammed the Palestinian Authority on Thursday.
“They have no shame”, Danon said. “These are lies and incitement from those who are paying terrorists to kill innocent Israelis. These obsessive attempts to besmirch our good name will not change the fact that the Palestinian leadership refuses to end their support for terror.”
Danon’s remarks came in response to comments by chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat, who reportedly said that Hamas and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestinian “are not terrorist organisations” and that the key to defeating the Islamic State is to end the “occupation.”
Earlier, Danon had protested to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres against the “United Nations Forum to Mark Fifty Years of Occupation” because, he said, some of the billed participants were from organizations with ties to the Palestinian terror groups Hamas and the PFLP. Guterres indicated on Thursday that the event did not have the blessing of his office.