The first part of the video starts out just like every other UN footage, Arab and other anti-Semitic speakers bashing Israel, most of them representing authoritarian regimes.
Things were expected to continue in that manner as they “normally” do until a guest speaker from UN Watch surprised the assembled diplomats with a little truth-telling to break up the routine.
Palestinian Mosab Hassan Yousef spoke to the body, saying, “I grew up in Ramallah as a member of Hamas. I address the words to the Palestinian Authority, which claims to be the sole legitimate representative of the Palestinian people. I ask, where does your legitimacy come from?”
He continued, “The Palestinian people did not elect you and they did not appoint you to represent them. You are self-appointed. Your accountability is not to your own people. This is evidenced by your own total violation of their human rights.”
“In fact,” said Yousef, “the Palestinian individual and their human development is the least of your concerns. You kidnap Palestinian students from campus and torture them in your jails. You torture your political rivals. The suffering of the Palestinian people is the outcome of your selfish political interests.”
He said, “You are the greatest enemy of the Palestinian people. If Israel did not exist, you would have no one to blame. Take responsibility for the outcome of your own actions. You fan the flames of conflict to maintain your abusive power.”
He concluded, “Finally, you use this platform to mislead the international community, to mislead the Palestinian society, to believe that Israel is responsible for the problems you create. Thank you.”
The man to his immediate front left who starred in disbelief thorough his comments gave Yousef a nod at his completion in apparent agreement and approval. The response of the PLO was one of total mortification and stunned, furious disbelief.
This comes just as the PLO had gained their membership in Interpol and Israel had vowed to fight it. Perhaps this is connected in some way, maybe the Israelis are taking off their gloves. Maybe they’ve had enough of the bashing at the hands of the UN. Perhaps it’s just some good old fashioned honesty. Time will tell.
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