Israel's UN Ambassador Gilad Erdan (Tomer Neuberg/Flash90) (Tomer Neuberg/Flash90)
Gilad Erdan


‘Attending one-sided Palestinian initiatives that falsely brand Israel as the source of all evil does not bring the conflict closer to an end but only serves to inflame tensions.’

By United with Israel staff

Ahead of a UN General Assembly event planned for Monday that is to mark the so-called “Nakba,” Israeli UN Ambassador Gilad Erdan sent a letter to other UN ambassadors, urging them to boycott the event.

“Nakba” means “catastrophe” in Arabic, and is the term used by Palestinians for the establishment of the state of Israel.

As reported by Israel National News, Erdan began the letter by providing some historical background.

“On May 14, 1948, the State of Israel declared its establishment in line with the United Nations’ 1947 Partition Plan. The Arab states, including the Palestinians who lived in Israel, rejected the Partition Plan, and immediately following Israel’s declaration of independence, five Arab armies invaded Israel in order to obliterate the nascent state,” he wrote.

“75 years later, on Monday, May 15, the United Nations will commemorate the momentous occasion of Israel’s independence, not by celebrating Israel and its accomplishments, but rather by holding a special event in the General Assembly branding Israel’s establishment as the Nakba – the catastrophe in Arabic,” he continued.

“The thought that an international organization could mark the establishment of one of its member states as a catastrophe or disaster is both appalling and repulsive,” Erdan added.

“This event is a blatant attempt to distort history, neglecting the fact that those who paint themselves as the victims were actually the aggressors who initiated a five-front war on the newly established State of Israel. This horrifying falsification must not be condoned in any way, shape, or form.”

Erdan added that attending the event would not only not promote peace, but would make matters worse.

“Those who attend one-sided hypocritical initiatives, such as the abominable event taking place on May 15, only serve to promote the antisemitic practice of holding the Jewish state to a different standard than any other member state.

“Not only does this condone Jew-hatred, but it also gives a green light to the Palestinians to continue exploiting international organs to promote their libelous narrative. Attending one-sided Palestinian initiatives that falsely brand Israel as the source of all evil does not bring the conflict closer to an end but only serves to inflame tensions.”

In a video message brought by Israel National News, Erdan emphasized that he is “working to ensure that member states understand that attending this despicable event means destroying any chance of peace by adopting the Palestinian narrative calling the establishment of the state of Israel a disaster while ignoring Palestinian hate, incitement, terror, and refusal to accept the legitimacy of a Jewish state.”

He added that several member states have already confirmed that they will not attend the “antisemitic” event.

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