Israel has long claimed that it is being discriminated against at the United Nations, lamenting that the global body obsessively deals with Israeli matters while neglecting human rights violations in the Arab world, the civil war in Syria and the persecution of homosexuals in Iran, among other global injustices.
But on Thursday, as the General Assembly convened to adopt no less than nine resolutions condemning Israel, it wasn't the Israeli envoy who voiced outrage – but an interpreter translating from Spanish to English.
At one point during the meeting the woman stopped her simultaneous translation of a representative's remarks to express indignation over the course the meeting had taken.
"I mean, I think when you have five statements, not five, like a total of ten resolutions on Israel and Palestine, there’s gotta be something, c’est un peu trop, non? [It’s a bit much, no?] I mean I know… There’s other really bad shit happening [around the world], but no one says anything, about the other stuff," she said.
The resolutions, which were passed by a large margin, dealt with Israel's occupation of the West Bank, the Palestinian refugees , the Golan Heights and other issues. No resolutions concerning other global issues were adopted during the meeting.
A few seconds into her rant the interpreter realized that her remarks, evidently directed at a colleague, were heard by the diplomats in attendance, some of whom couldn't help but snicker.
A Geneva-based organization, UN Watch, caught the mishap and posted it on social media sites, as did Israel's UN mission, causing the video to go viral – to the Israeli Foreign Ministry's delight.