United Nations, United States: During a special United Nations discussion on Thursday, both the Palestinian foreign minister and Israel’s ambassador accused each other of “genocide” as the deadly crossfire between Israeli troops and Palestinian militant groups reached its 11th day.
“The whole world stays silent and turns a blind eye to the genocide of whole Palestinian families,” said Palestinian foreign minister Riad Al-Malki, during whose speech Israeli Ambassador to the US and UN Gilad Erdan walked out.
Speaking later before the assembly, Erdan alleged there was indifference to “Hamas’ charter, which, like the Nazis, is committed to the genocide of the Jewish people.”
“We see an attempt to create a false moral equivalence,” Erdan said. “Israel makes every effort to avoid civilian casualties. Hamas makes every effort to increase civilian casualties.”
Palestine’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Riad al-Malki gave a 15 minute speech to the UN General Assembly calling for the end of the occupation & impunity for Israel’s crimes against humanity, while recognizing recent international solidarity.
This is how he ended his speech: pic.twitter.com/9zdZ5iRfx6
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According to Israeli authorities, rockets fired by Hamas and other Islamist armed organizations killed 12 people in Israel, including one child. One Indian and two Thai nationals were among those murdered.
Israeli strikes on Gaza have killed 232 Palestinians, including 65 children and another 1,900 wounded, according to the Gaza health ministry, leaving vast areas in rubble and displacing some 120,000 people, according to Hamas authorities.
“How can an occupying power have the right to defend itself when a whole people under occupation is deprived of the very same rights?” said the Palestinian minister, concerning Israeli claims of self-defense.
“Let’s stop this massacre.”