Danon addresses security council: today
Danon addresses security council: todayUN Photo/Rick Bajornas

Israel's Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon sent a letter to the UN Security Council demanding condemnation of the latest anti-Semitic remarks by Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas.

“Such a hateful diatribe against a people who have undergone thousands of years of intolerable persecution, is completely unacceptable. I call on all leaders of good faith to condemn these repeated hateful remarks and demand a full and sincere apology from Mr. Abbas. The Security Council must not stand idly by in the face of this incitement and apparent denial of Israel’s right to exist,” Ambassador Danon wrote.

Responding to Mr. Abbas’s comments that “Those who sought a Jewish state weren’t Jews,” Ambassador Danon wrote that “This claim was a dangerous attempt by the Chairman to rewrite history and claim that the Zionist movement was a result of a European conspiracy, rather than the millennia-old realization of the Jewish people’s prayers to return to our historic homeland in the Land of Israel.”

Ambassador Danon concluded his letter by writing that “For there to be true progress towards peace in our region, the Palestinians will need leaders who are committed to promoting hope and seeking a better future, rather than peddling in hate and inciting bigotry. We hope that this day comes soon.”

In a long speech in Ramallah at a rare session of the Palestinian National Council Monday, Abbas claimed that the Holocaust was not the result of anti-Semitism but rather of the Jews “social behavior, [charging] interest, and financial matters."