At UNSC, US envoy condemns Israeli settlers violence against Palestinians

Washington (QNN)- United States Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield on Tuesday condemned recent violence by Israeli settlers against Palestinians, and urged ‘Israel’ to investigate them.

The US envoy used Tuesday’s monthly Security Council session on the Middle East to lash out the body for disproportionately focusing on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, saying “the substance of these discussions is centered almost entirely around criticism of Israel and counterattacks.”

“This council spends a great deal of time on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which is both understandable and consistent with the agenda. But far too often, the substance of these discussions is centered almost entirely around criticism of Israel and counterattacks,” she said.

“I sincerely hope that going forward, council members will do their best to take a more balanced approach. Also, there are other countries and situations in the region that merit Security Council attention and should not be neglected.”

Thomas-Greenfield also used her speech to reiterate the Biden administration’s talking points regarding the issue.

She stated that “humanitarian actors need regular, predictable, and sustained access to Gaza,” in an apparent criticism of ‘Israel’, which controls most of the crossings into the besieged Gaza Strip.

She also urged countries to follow the Biden administration’s lead after it donated $318 million this year to the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, UNRWA.

She also expressed deep concern with recent settler violence against Palestinians and their property, and called on the Israeli occupation government to investigate the attacks, “including the response by Israeli security forces,” who have often been filmed standing idly by while doing nothing to settlers.

(Source / 20.10.2021)

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