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Israel slams UNSC for not condemning 'jihadist Nazi' Hamas, calls out 'barbarity, savagery'

Nov 11, 2023 06:04 PM IST

Gilad Erdan said had the Council existed in 1938, its response to the pogrom wouldn't have been different.

Gilad Erdan, Israel's Permanent Representative to the United Nations, has slammed the UN Security Council for failing to condemn Hamas for the October 7 terror attack. Drawing a parallel between the attack and the anti-semitic Kristallnacht Holocaust of 1938, he said if the council could see the “barbarity and savagery with your own eyes”, it would understand the "evil" Israel has been defending itself against.

A picture taken from southern Israel near the border with the Gaza Strip shows Israeli army vehicles crossing back into Israel from Gaza, on November 7, 2023.(AFP)
A picture taken from southern Israel near the border with the Gaza Strip shows Israeli army vehicles crossing back into Israel from Gaza, on November 7, 2023.(AFP)

"The holy Jewish Sabbath is a day of peace and rest. It is the day on which God rested following the creation of the world yet no Jew will ever forget the Sabbath of October 7th. It has been seared into the collective trauma of the Jewish people forever. Exactly 85 years ago, today, another traumatic atrocity was burned into the Jewish people's history. Between November 9th and 10th 1938, the Jewish communities of Germany and Austria suffered Kristallnacht, the Nazis November pogrom which was the first hyper violent exposure of the Nazis murderous Jew hatred," Erdan said at the UNSC meeting, reported ANI.

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He said had the Council existed in 1938, its response to the pogrom wouldn't have been different.

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"Nearly 100 Jews were murdered, thousands of Jewish homes, hospitals, schools, houses of worship and businesses were ransacked and burned to the ground. Israelis endured another such pogram five weeks ago, yet here, we are 34 days later and this Council still has not condemned Hamas's heinous planned Massacre of Israeli civilians. Had this Council in its current form existed in 1938, I doubt that the response would be much different," he added.

Demonstrators hold placards on the day of the protest in solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, in London, Britain, November 11, 2023. (Reuters/Hollie Adams)
Demonstrators hold placards on the day of the protest in solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, in London, Britain, November 11, 2023. (Reuters/Hollie Adams)

'Hamas turned Gaza into a terror trap'

He asked the council to invite him to share a screening of the footage from Hamas's attack on October 7. He claimed the footage was captured by Hamas terrorists themselves.

"Once you see the barbarity and savagery with your own eyes you will understand the evil that Israel is defending itself against," he added.

He also claimed that over the past 16 years, Hamas has turned Gaza into a terror trap.

"Over the past 16 years, Hamas has turned every inch of Gaza into a terror trap. Nothing is sacred to these jihadist Nazis. Every medical worker, doctor and patient in Gaza is a human shield for the Hamas terrorist. It is a war crime of epic proportions. Will this be the focus of today's meeting? How can we possibly hold a briefing on the medical situation in Gaza without making this the primary issue of this meeting," Erdan said.

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He also claimed that Hamas was trying to stop civilians from leaving the war zone.

He accused the UN of relying on Hamas inputs for gauging the ground situation.

"For years, the UN has refused to establish verification mechanisms that can provide us a truthful picture of reality. WHO supplies the UN with these so-called facts. Sorry, who is it that supplies the UN with these so-called facts? Is this information coming from unbiased and impartial third parties? The answer is no. Every piece of information regarding the situation on the ground that this Council receives comes from Hamas, not international UN employees in Gaza," the envoy added.

Benjamin Netanyahu says Hamas using civilians as human shields

Meanwhile, Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday defended its military's decision to encircle Gaza's largest hospital, saying Hamas uses civilians as human shields. It also said Hamas has established a bunker under the hospital, AFP reported.

The director of the Shifa hospital, Mohammed Abu Selmia, said because medical devices couldn't work due to absence of electricity, "patients, especially those in intensive care, started to die".

Palestine's health authorities said five patients died after the generator shut down.

Netanyahu said the responsibility for harm to civilians lies with Hamas. He also said the group was doing everything it can to prevent civilians from leaving for safer places.

With inputs from ANI, AFP

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