Israel Brands Palestinian Allegations Anti-Semitic

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) -

The Israeli ambassador to the United Nations has unequivocally rejected Palestinian allegations that Israel had recently harvested organs from Palestinians its forces had killed, condemning the charges as anti-Semitic.

In a letter to British Ambassador Matthew Rycroft, president of the U.N. Security Council this month, the chief Palestinian delegate at the United Nations, Riyad Mansour, made the allegation.

Israel’s U.N. Ambassador Danny Danon responded on Wednesday with a letter to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon demanding that the U.N. chief condemn what he described as Mansour’s open anti-Semitism.

“This blood libel by the Palestinian representative exposes his anti-Semitic motives and his true colors,” Danon said in the letter, according to a statement from the Israeli mission.

“Anti-Semitism has no place in the halls of the United Nations and must be denounced,” he added. “I call on you to repudiate this sinister accusation and to condemn the ongoing incitement by Palestinian leaders.”