Watch: Dramatic clash when Ambassador Danon tells Palestinian representatives at the UN Security Council, ‘Shame on you for refusing to say you condemn all acts of terror.’
By Uzi Baruch
Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon on Monday hosted Natan and Ranana Meir, the husband and daughter of Dafna Meir who was murdered at the entrance to her home in Otniel, Judea in January.
Danon hosted the two together with the OneFamily organization that supports terror victims at a special session of the UN Security Council held on the topic of Israel.
At the start of his speech, Danon said, “the ongoing incitement and the glorification of terror in the Palestinian Authority is directly responsible for the murder of innocent Israelis.”
Danon criticized the Security Council which has yet to condemn the ongoing Arab terror wave in Israel, which since last September has already cost the lives of 34 victims.
“Since the Council isn’t asking the hard questions, I will ask,” said Danon, turning to the Palestinian representative to the UN Riyad Mansour.
“Are you prepared to condemn at this moment the terror against innocent Israelis?,” Danon asked Mansour.
After Mansour refused, Danon said, “shame on you! Instead of condemning terror you glorify it.” Mansour shouted back, “shame on you for killing Palestinian children!”
The council president then called Danon to order, but the Israeli Ambassador turned to Mansour again and said, “you cannot say it here. Palestinian children are looking at you right now.”
“‘I condemn all acts of terrorism’: one sentence you cannot say. Shame on you for that,” he pressed on.
Mansour refused to condemn terror and instead responded with simple abuse, saying, “let my people be free! Shame on you! Shame on you! Shame on you! You are an occupier.”
Danon then continued his speech, presenting the Security Council with the story of Dafna Meir who was murdered at the entrance to her home by a 15-year-old Arab terrorist in front of three of her children.
Meir struggle with the terrorist and thereby prevented him from stabbing her children to death as well. The terrorist admitted in investigation that he was influenced by the incitement against Jews on Palestinian TV and social networks.
“Today Natan and Ranana Meir sit here behind me, in the Council,” Danon said. “The culture of hate and Palestinian brainwashing is responsible for the murder of too many Israelis, and it is directly guilty in the murder of Dafna Meir.”
Natan and Ranana Meir also spoke at the start of the Council discussion, saying, “it is hard to express in words the great pain, the difficulty, the longing. It’s hard to express how much the absence tears the heart and the soul. With a painful and bleeding heart we come to ask the understanding of the international community.”
“We hear voices that say it (terror) comes from frustration, that there needs to be separation and condemnation, and we ask is there any frustration greater than ours?”
Also speaking at the session was Chantal Belzberg, director of OneFamily who works to aid terror victims and their family members.
“The true repercussions of the terror are only felt when you hear the stories of the victims themselves,” said Belzberg.
Belzberg added that “OneFamily believes that the approach of Natan and Ranana on the issue of terror is important for all those who want to understand what Israeli citizens are dealing with, especially for those wanting to put an end to terror. We hope that accompanying the Meir family in their visit to New York will allow their unique vision to be brought to the world, and in the end defeat the terror.”
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