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Israel rejects UN proposals to protect Palestinians

August 20, 2018 at 9:54 am

Israeli Ambassador to the UN, Danny Danon at the UN headquarters in New York, US on 20 February 2018 [Atılgan Özdil/Anadolu Agency]

Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations, Danny Danon, condemned the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ report on improving Palestinian protection in the occupied territories.

Danon announced Israel’s rejection of the report presented by Guterres on Friday.

The envoy said in a statement: “The only protection the Palestinian people need is from their own leadership. The Palestinian Authority (PA) incites its people to demonise and attack Jews, and Hamas, a terrorist organisation, uses the people in Gaza as hostages and endangers the lives of civilians for terror’s sake.”

“Instead of delusional suggestions on how to protect the Palestinian people from Israel, the UN should hold the Palestinian leadership accountable for the harm caused to its own people.”

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Danon added that the four proposals presented by Guterres would “only bring about continued Palestinian suffering at the hands of their leaders.”

The 14-page report was prepared at the request of the United Nations General Assembly after 171 Palestinians were killed in the Gaza Strip by Israeli forces since 30 March as they took part in the “Great March of Return“.

The report included four proposals which Guterres said “ensure the safety, protection, and well-being of the Palestinian civilian population under Israeli occupation, including recommendations regarding an international protection mechanism.”