Watch: Abbas’s Bodyguards Brawl with UN Security

Personal security staff protecting PA Chairman scuffle with United Nations Security Personnel after being prevented from following Abbas into front entrance of the General Assembly chamber.

By Ben Ariel, Canada


Security staff protecting Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas got into a scuffle with UN staff on Wednesday.

Palestinian bodyguards fight with UN Security – Screenshot

The brief altercation occurred after Abbas was allowed to enter the UN General Assembly chamber through the front door, while his security staff – as per UN protocol – were not. After some pushing and shoving, Abbas’s security staff were directed to another entrance.

The incident was caught on video by the Reuters news agency.

Abbas will address the General Assembly on Friday, where he is expected to call on the world body to set a deadline for Israel to withdraw from Judea and Samaria.

Jibril Rajoub, a senior member of Abbas’s Fatah faction, said on Wednesday that Abbas will “drop a bomb” against Israel at the UN General Assembly.

Rajoub said in an interview on Palestinian Arab media that the move would be an integration of the international community into “the strategy of the Palestinian people.”


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