Abbas Rips Netanyahu, Asks for ‘Protection’ at UN Human Rights Council
JNS.org – Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas ripped Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and called for international “protection” in an address to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva on Wednesday.
“We want your protection. We want the protection of the world. We can no longer bear all these sanctions, all these attacks perpetrated by the settlers and the Israeli army. We need protection and we look to you, protect us, protect us, we need you,” Abbas said.
Abbas accused Israel of carrying out “extrajudicial killings” during the latest round of violence. But Abbas failed to condemn the wave of stabbing attacks carried out by Palestinian terrorists and made no mention that many of the Palestinians who have recently been killed were the ones carrying out the terror attacks.
Netanyahu has criticized Abbas for inciting the recent violence and for failing to condemn Palestinian terrorism.
At the UN Human Rights Council, Abbas took aim at Netanyahu’s recent remarks on former Grand Mufti of Jerusalem Haj Amin al-Husseini’s relationship with Adolf Hitler.
“He prefers to blame Palestinians for everything—even the Holocaust. You all know that this is totally false. It is untrue and baseless,” Abbas said.
Additionally, Abbas urged the UN Security Council to establish “a special regime for international protection for the Palestinian people.”
“I have noted over and over again that pressure will generate an explosion and that the violations committed by settlers and extremists, protected by the Israeli occupation forces against our Christian and Islamic holy sites in Jerusalem, namely the plans that endanger Al-Aqsa mosque, in order to alter the pre-1967 status quo and beyond, will turn the political conflict into a religious one that will have grave consequences on all of us,” Abbas said.