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Israel to UN Human Rights Council: We Shall Exercise Our Right to Life – Amb. Eviatar Manor (MFA)

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Oct. 30, 2015

Israel to UN Human Rights Council: We Shall Exercise Our Right to Life – Amb. Eviatar Manor
(Daily Alert, Oct. 30, 2015)

Israel’s Ambassador to the UN in Geneva, Eviatar Manor, said Wednesday: “How is it that, when the citizens of Israel undergo a vicious terrorist assault, my country is accused of murdering children, summarily executing attackers and using excessive force. What is the difference between the behavior of the security forces in Paris and Trollhattan, and the actions of Israel’s security forces? In Sweden, last Friday, a young assailant armed with a sword murdered two people and wounded two others and was shot and killed by the police….Was the attacker summarily executed as well or was he shot in order to prevent further killings of innocent people?”
“When are victims confused with perpetrators of terrorist attacks and when is maintaining public security confused with carrying out terrorist attacks? Let me make it clear: Israelis stabbed or run over by a car while walking in the street or waiting for a bus are victims; Palestinians shot while actively attempting to stab civilians are terrorist perpetrators.”
“Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s said on Oct. 19: ‘I also understand the anger many Israelis feel. When children are afraid to go to school, when anyone on the street is a potential victim, security is rightly your immediate priority.'”
“The days of spilling Jewish blood without Jews allowed to defend themselves are long gone. The Human Rights Council has forgotten that the right to life is a basic human right and that it is universal. Jews in Israel have it, too. And we shall exercise our right to life.”  (Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
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