Palestinian U.N. Diplomat Says Proud of Stone-Throwing

A Palestinian throwing rocks at Israeli troops near the Jewish community of Beit El, Friday. (Reuters/Mohamad Torokman)

A Palestinian diplomat at the United Nations proclaimed on Tuesday that Palestinians are proud to throw stones at Israeli forces and will continue teaching their children to do so, Ynet reported.

Abdallah Abushawesh, a senior adviser to the U.N. Development Group and a member of the Palestinian U.N. mission, told a group of visiting students that “We are very clever and very expert at throwing the stones. We are very proud to do that. We will not stop to [teach] our kids (to do that).”

Abushawesh also proudly told the group, international relations students from Canada’s McGill University, that he himself was a stone-thrower during the first intifada: “I was in high school. I never missed an opportunity to throw stones. This is our life. We develop our resistance every day. We’re proud of it,” he said.

Israel’s Ambassador to the U.N. Danny Danon condemned the Abushawesh’s comments, saying, “The Palestinians are no longer trying to hide the truth. The Palestinian leadership and its representatives are inciting against Israel and openly encouraging terrorism. The international community must not allow it.

“It cannot be that inside the U.N., which is supposed to make peace and protect human rights, a diplomat will incite to violence and terrorism, which wound and even kill innocent Israelis,” Danon added.

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