Friday, 28 November 2008

United Nations General Assembly President criticises Israel

Brockmann: Israeli policies ‘should not be allowed to continue’ Top UN official slams ‘Apartheid’ by Israel

United Nations General Assembly President says sanctions should be considered to pressure Israel. United Nations General Assembly President Miguel d’Escoto Brockmann said the international community should consider using boycotts, divestments or sanctions to pressure Israel to improve its treatment of the Palestinians, Democracy Now! reported Wednesday.

The Nicaraguan diplomat also compared the situation in Israel to South Africa two decades ago. “Although different, what is being done against the Palestinian people seems to me like a version of the hideous policy of Apartheid. That can not, should not, be allowed to continue,” said Miguel d’Escoto Brockmann. Miguel d’Escoto Brockmann’s comments came during a special meeting in observance of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon also criticized Israel for its blockade of Gaza. “I call for immediate measures to ease the near-blanket closure of Gaza which leads to worrying deprivations of basic supplies and human dignity, and I unreservedly condemn the rocket fire,” said Ban Ki-Moon. “The way forward is for all the parties to respect the calm brokered by Egypt and to reach out to the civilian population of the Gaza Strip instead of only punishing them,” he added.

Source: Democracy Now