News ID: 320281
Published: 0238 GMT February 25, 2022

Palestinian ambassador to UN calls on Israel to end apartheid

Palestinian ambassador to UN calls on Israel to end apartheid

Palestinian Ambassador to the UN Riyad Mansour wears a mask saying "End Apartheid" as he addresses a Security Council meeting in New York City on February 23, 2022.

Palestine's envoy to the United Nations wore a mask saying "End Apartheid" at the monthly meeting of the Security Council, and urged the body to stop Israel from discriminating against Palestinians.

Riyad Mansour used the word "apartheid" at least 15 times during his address, where he called on the council to protect "our long-suffering people", according to the

"This council may not be ready to use the word, but apartheid is – and has been for a while now – our reality," Mansour said at UN headquarters in New York.

"Israel may be outraged by the word [but] everyone else should be outraged by the policy. Condemnations alone will never suffice to deter Israel. It is time to translate your words into actions. Actions to end apartheid."

He added that last month Israeli Ambassador Gilad Erdan brought a stone into the Security Council chamber so members could visualise the violence that Israelis confront from Palestinians.

"I am so sorry, but the doors of this chamber could not fit Israeli F-16s, tanks, warships, military jeeps, drones, bombs and missiles," Mansour said.

Mansour's remarks build off the growing number of human rights organisations labelling Israel's treatment of Palestinians as apartheid. Human Rights Watch made the designation last year, while Amnesty International released a report saying so earlier this year.

Israel's Erdan responded first by attacking the UN Human Rights Councils Commission of Inquiry and rights groups for launching a war against Israel.

Last year, the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) agreed to launch an investigation with a broad mandate to probe all alleged violations Israel had committed against Palestinians following its May offensive on Gaza, which killed at least 248 Palestinians including more than 60 children.

A senior Israeli official said last week that Israel would not cooperate with the probe, saying in a scathing letter that the investigation and its chairwoman were unfairly biased against Israel.

Earlier this week, Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh called on the US Congress to form a special committee "to investigate the practices of persecution and apartheid carried out by Israel against the Palestinian people".




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