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UN Security Council to hold Meeting on Protection of Palestinian Civilians

The use of United Nations agencies by Palestinian officials to discredit Israel has reached the world body’s most prestigious arm: the UN Security Council. The latest manifestation will come on May 6 when an informal meeting under the auspices of the Security Council will examine protection of Palestinian civilians from Israeli security forces and residents of Israel’s post-1967 communities. The meeting, which is being organized by Venezuela, Malaysia, Egypt and Senegal, will include a representative of Amnesty International, a so-called “legal scholar,” and others not yet announced. Palestinian Ambassador to the UN Riyad Mansour said the session is only the first step in getting the Security Council to take the action it “must take…to protect our people from the brutality of this occupation.” Israel’s ambassador Danny Danon reacted angrily, saying “The Palestinians are continuing to lie to the world and turn to the international community with ridiculous claims instead of focusing their efforts on fighting terror and incitement.”