Israel Goes to Security Council Over Iranian Targeting Star of David

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Israel’s U.N. Ambassador Danny Danon. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

Israel lodged a complaint with the United Nations Security Council against Iran on Wednesday, citing photographic evidence that it had used the Star of David as a target in a missile test last year.

“This use of the Star of David is hateful and unacceptable,” Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon wrote in a statement to the Council.

Danon furnished Council members with photos of the Jewish symbol as a missile target and the impact crater visible next to it.

“The missile launch is not only a direct violation of UNSCR 2231, but is also a clear evidence of Iran’s continued intention to harm the State of Israel,” Danon said, adding that “the targeting of a sacred symbol of Judaism is abhorrent.”

“It is the Iranians who prop up the Assad regime as hundreds of thousands are killed, finance the terrorists of Hezbollah as they threaten the citizens of Israel, and support extremists and tyrants throughout the Middle East and around the world,” he added.

This was not the only time Iran has directed hostile messages at Israel in its military tests. In March 2016, it test-fired two ballistic missiles, which an Iranian news agency said were inscribed with the phrase “Israel must be wiped out.”

The interpretation of Security Council Resolution 2331 has been a matter of dispute between Iran and the U.S.

It calls upon Iran “not to undertake any activity related to ballistic missiles designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons, including launches using such ballistic missile technology.”

Iran claims its tests do not violate the ban. However, the U.S. cited 2231 in imposing sanctions on it for illegal missile launches.

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