Monday, October 15, 2018

Israel outraged after UN Security Council invites B'Tselem speaker - Ariel Kahana

by Ariel Kahana

Bolivia's U.N. envoy invites head of controversial rights group B'Tselem to represent Israeli civil society at U.N. Security Council

B'Tselem director Hagai El-Ad will address the U.N. Security 
Council, Thursday
Photo: Gideon Markowicz 

The director of controversial left-wing human rights organization B'Tselem Hagai El-Ad has been invited to address the U.N. Security Council on Thursday.

Council members will meet to discuss the situation in the Middle East. U.N. Middle East envoy Nickolay Mladenov will provide an overview of the situation in the region. Israel's Ambassador to the U.N. Danny Danon, the Palestinian observer in the U.N. Riyad Mansour and U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley are also set to address the council.

The decision to invite El-Ad to address the council as a representative of civil society came from Bolivia's ambassador to the world body, Sacha Sergio Llorenti Soliz. The South American country currently holds the rotating presidency of the council.

While El-Ad has been invited to address the U.N. in the past, this will be the first time he will take part in an official meeting of the Security Council.

In a statement, Danon called the move shameful. He said it was not just a "disgrace for the organization, but also the crossing of red lines by foreign countries with an anti-Israel agenda, which finance and invite him to provide 'evidence' against us."

Ariel Kahana


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