UN president slammed for wearing a Palestinian scarf

December 4, 2016 by J-Wire Staff
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Israel’s Ambassador to United Nation has spoken out against UN General Assembly president Peter Thomson wearing a Palestinian scarf whilst addressing a session.

Thomson wearing the Palestinian scarf      Photo: Manuel Elias/UN photo

Thomson wearing the Palestinian scarf Photo: Manuel Elias/UN photo

Israel’s ambassador to the U.N. Danny Danon tweeted “It is unfortunate that the @UN_PGA chose to wear the Palestinian flag at an event whose sole purpose was to slander Israel”.

Thomson is a Fijian-born diplomat.

Australia’s B’nai B’rith Anti-Defamation Commission and B’nai B’rith International have condemned the United Nations General Assembly for a series of annual resolutions singling out Israel for condemnation and utterly disregarding Arabs’ fuelling of a continued conflict in the Middle East.

One resolution calls for Israeli relinquishment of the strategically vital Golan Heights to Syria at a time when that country is the site of unimaginable bloodletting between the regime of Bashar al-Assad, Hezbollah and other groups including ISIS. Another resolution continues to whitewash the Jewish identity of Jerusalem, effectively rebranding the Temple Mount, Judaism’s single holiest site, as purely an Islamic site. The majority of European democracies that voted in favor of such historical revisionism—even Germany and the United Kingdom, which recently voted “no” on similar language at UNESCO; France, which recently abstained there; and Italy, which pledged to vote “no” moving forward—deserve special censure for this shameful and irresponsible act.

ADC Chairman Dr Dvir Abramovich, and  Dan Mariaschin, Executive Vice President of B’nai B’rith International said: “The U.N. shows no self-awareness in demonstrating its relentless bias towards Israel—a country that stands out in the Middle East with its democracy, diversity and commitment to coexistence.

B’nai B’rith stands with Israel, and we will continue to combat the anti-Israel and even anti-Semitic prejudice on display at the U.N.

During the proceedings, General Assembly President Peter Thomson chose to wear a scarf marked “Palestine” with a kaffiyeh and Palestinian flag design. Thomson has shown no comparable solidarity—this week or otherwise—with all the Israeli victims of extremist Palestinian rejectionism and ongoing terror. The U.N.’s “International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinians”—redundant, as so much of the U.N. system is hijacked year-round for that purpose—remains a tragic irony, as it falls on the anniversary of the day in 1947 when the body endorsed the establishment of neighbouring Jewish and Arab states in the Middle East, a vision rejected by key Palestinian leaders both then and today.

These measures adopted today are just part of the singular group of ritualistic resolutions targeting Israel but not its violent adversaries each year. These resolutions squander badly needed millions of dollars of global taxpayer resources to perpetuate a one-sided, defamatory narrative of the conflict, rather than helping to actually end it. At the same time, we commend the United States, Canada, Micronesia, the Marshall Islands and Palau for joining with Israel in voting against all six of today’s distorted resolutions. Australia also voted against several of the resolutions. C


2 Responses to “UN president slammed for wearing a Palestinian scarf”
  1. Marta Mikey Frid says:

    Mr Thomson doesn’t have to show it for the world to know that to get just a job you cannot but be an Arab appeaser. It obviously takes one like him, with his intellectual background, to think that the world would not know that.

  2. Henry Herzog says:

    As I’ve said previously it should be called UNAI, United Nations Against Israel. They do nothing for world stability and peace. Their purpose is to find scapegoats, which Jews have always been, and so Israel is the target.
    Seriously, who takes this anti-Semitic unrepresentative swell seriously.

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