The United States expressed “deep concern” over the Palestinian U.N. ambassador’s comparison of Israeli soldiers quelling a Palestinian riot with Nazi soldiers in the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, The Times of Israel reported.
“Obviously, we would condemn any anti-Semitic remarks very forcefully,” State Department spokesman Mark Toner said, while noting that he had not yet read Ambassador Riyad Mansour’s comment.
Toner was speaking in response to Mansour’s comments as read to him by a JTA reporter. “It’s deeply concerning,” he said.
Mansour, who called an April 27 press conference to discuss U.N. action on Israel and the Palestinians, attacked Israeli diplomats for their terming stone-throwers “terrorists.”
“All colonizers, all occupiers, including those who suppressed the Warsaw Uprising labeled those who were resisting them as terrorists,” he said.
Israel’s ambassador to the U.N. Danny Danon said the world should be disgusted with the Palestinian envoy’s claim.
Mansour has in the past accused Israel of harvesting the organs of dead Palestinians, which Danon characterized as a “blood libel,” which revealed the Palestinian ambassador’s true “anti-Semitic face.”