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

'All colonizers, all occupiers, including those who suppressed the Warsaw uprising, labeled those who were resisting them as terrorists,' said Riyad Mansour, the Palestinian Authority's envoy to the UN.

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.
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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.