U.S. State Department: PA Envoy's Likening of Israeli Soldiers to Nazis 'Deeply Concerning'

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Palestinian envoy Riyad Mansour speaks to Israel's UN Ambassador Danny Danon at a UN Security Council meeting, New York, U.S., April 18, 2016.
Palestinian envoy Riyad Mansour speaks to Israel's UN Ambassador Danny Danon at a UN Security Council meeting, New York, U.S., April 18, 2016.Credit: UNTV / AP

The Palestinian Authority UN envoy’s likening of Israeli soldiers confronting stone-throwers to Nazis putting down the Warsaw uprising was “deeply concerning,” a State Department spokesman said.

Mark Toner responded Thursday to a JTA query about an April 27 press conference by Riyad Mansour.

“Obviously, we would condemn any anti-Semitic remarks very forcefully,” Toner said, noting that he had not yet examined Mansour’s comments, and was basing his assessment on remarks read to him by a JTA reporter. “It’s deeply concerning.”

Mansour, who called the press conference to discuss UN actions on Israel and the Palestinians, attacked Israeli diplomats for their terming stone-throwers “terrorists.”

“All colonizers, all occupiers, including those who suppressed the Warsaw uprising, labeled those who were resisting them as terrorists,” he said.

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