In the midst of the United Nations Security Council’s April 18th quarterly “open debate” on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Israel’s UN Ambassador Danny Danon interrupted the proceedings with news of an explosion on a Jerusalem bus. The explosion was subsequently confirmed by police to have been caused by a terrorist bomb. At least 21 people were injured in the attack. Debkafile cited medical sources in reporting that “nuts and bolts were found in the bodies of some of the wounded.” The Palestinian terrorist himself, a resident of East Jerusalem, did not die during his bombing, but was severely wounded.
Not surprisingly, Hamas praised the attack, although it did not immediately claim responsibility for it: “Hamas welcomes the Jerusalem operation, and considers it a natural reaction to Israeli crimes, especially field executions and the desecration of the Al-Aqsa Mosque.”
Meanwhile, Hamas has been busy diverting materials intended for reconstruction of homes in Gaza to build more terror tunnels. On the same day as the Jerusalem bus bombing attack, the Israeli Defense Force announced that it had discovered a tunnel extending more than two kilometers from Gaza underneath an Israeli community near the Gaza border. According to a Debkafile report, the tunnel “appeared to be wide enough to enable Hamas fighters to infiltrate into Israel and return with Israeli prisoners.”
The Jerusalem district police commander, Deputy Commisioner Yoram Halevy, warned that “a large wave of attacks is ahead of us.”
Ironically, before the news broke of the latest terrorist attack, Ambassador Danon had just delivered an impassioned speech to the Security Council accusing the Palestinian leadership of inciting violence against Israeli civilians and honoring the terrorists. “The endless incitement and the ongoing glorification of violence,” by the Palestinians “is directly responsible for the murder of innocent Israelis,” he said.
In his speech before the Security Council, Ambassador Danon recalled the story of Dafna Meir who was murdered at the entrance of her home in Otniel, Israel by a fifteen year-old Palestinian. Three of Meir’s children, including her daughter Renana, were home at the time. The terrorist later admitted that he was inspired to kill by video clips and other hate filled content on Palestinian TV and social media.
“Natan [Dafna Meir’s husband] and Renana are here with us in this chamber sitting behind me,” said Ambassador Danon. “The Palestinian culture of hate and constant brainwashing is responsible for the loss of too many Israelis. And it is directly responsible for the murder of Dafna Meir.”
Then, Ambassador Danon dramatically confronted Riyad Mansour, Palestine’s permanent observer at the UN, who was sitting directly across from Ambassador Danon at the Security Council’s horseshoe table. Ambassador Danon looked right at Mansour and asked him, “Are you ready right now to denounce terror against innocent Israelis?” The Palestinian representative muttered a response, but would not flatly denounce the Palestinians’ reign of terror.
Ambassador Danon did not let up. “Shame on you! Instead of denouncing terror, you are encouraging it!” he shouted to Mansour.
Palestine’s UN envoy Mansour retorted, “Shame on you for killing Palestinian children!”
Ambassador Danon responded, “You cannot say it here. Palestinian children are looking at you right now. I condemn all acts of terrorism’: one sentence you cannot say. Shame on you for that.”
Mansour then repeated “Shame on you!” three times, denounced Israel as “an occupier” and grumbled words about being allowed to be “free,” and the words “Leave us alone.”
The president of the Security Council, after allowing the back-and-forth to proceed for a few minutes, called the Security Council meeting back to order. For the first time in recent memory, the Israeli and Palestinian representatives at the UN actually engaged in a real face-to-face exchange, rather than confine themselves to their set speeches.
Mansour looked uncomfortable through the entire exchange, as well he should. He spoke in his prepared speech about the Palestinian “children” whom were killed by Israeli soldiers and police. He portrayed them all as innocent victims of Israeli “occupation.” But this time, he had to face a seventeen-year-old girl who lost her mother, stabbed to death by a Palestinian teenager who was inspired to kill by what he had seen on Palestinian TV and social media.
The Palestinian teenager may be a “child,” but he is a terrorist who deserves no mercy. His victim’s teenage daughter, Renana Meir, had to witness her mother’s brutal death. She may be traumatized for the rest of her life.
At the opening of the Security Council meeting, Renana and her father Natan noted that “It is difficult to express in words the deep pain and unbearable longing. This sense of loss breaks our heart and our soul. With broken hearts we ask the international community for help. We hear those who say that terror is a result of frustration, and we ask – is there anything more frustrating than what we have endured?”
Mansour could not even muster a modicum of humanity to express his condolences and regret for what a Palestinian terrorist “child” had done in taking away an innocent mother from her innocent children. His silence speaks volumes about the Palestinians’ culture of hate and violence against Jews.