Palestinians Urge UN Security Council Action Over Israeli Raids


The Palestinian Authority on Wednesday urged the U.N. Security Council to take a stand on Israel’s latest offensive in the Gaza Strip, which it said amounted to “illegal criminal actions.”

Israel’s U.N. Ambassador Ron Prosor responded by calling on the international community to condemn “indiscriminate rocket fire against Israeli citizens – children, women.” He was referring to five days of escalating Palestinian rocket attacks from Gaza.

In a letter to Indian Ambassador Hardeep Singh Puri, president of the 15-nation council this month, Palestinian envoy Riyad Mansour said a “message must be sent to Israel to cease its military campaign against the Palestinian people under its occupation, including the cessation of extrajudicial killing.”

“This escalation, which continues at this moment, demands the attention of the international community, including the Security Council, with the aim of averting the further deterioration and destabilization of the situation on the ground and the fueling by Israel of yet another deadly cycle of violence and bloodshed,” Mansour said.

Israel launched a new major offensive against Palestinian Hamas militants in Gaza on Wednesday, killing Hamas’ military commander in an air strike and threatening an invasion of the enclave that the Islamist group said would “open the gates of hell.”

Speaking to reporters, Prosor described the Hamas military commander, Ahmed Al-Jaabari, as a “mass murderer” who had been planning fresh attacks against Israeli citizens.

The U.N. press office said the Security C ouncil planned to hold closed-door consultations on an Egyptian request for an emergency meeting at 6:30 p.m. EST (2330 GMT).

“There is an expectation that ground forces might move into the Gaza Strip very shortly,” Mansour told reporters. “The situation is escalating.”

“We want the Security Council to act in accordance with its responsibilities to stop this aggression against our people,” he said, without providing details of what action he wanted.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged Hamas and Israel to avoid escalating the Gaza fighting.

A new Gaza war has loomed for months as waves of Palestinian rocket attacks and Israeli strikes have grown more intense and frequent.


Prosor said Israel’s action in Gaza was “well-defined.”

“This cannot continue,” he said of the Hamas rocket fire. “We have shown for a very long time a lot of restraint,” he said, noting that Israel is obliged to defend its citizens.

“We are not interested in escalation,” he told a Security Council meeting.

It is the militant group Hamas, not the Palestinian Authority, that controls Gaza.

Mansour said the Israeli action was intended to draw attention away from the Palestinians’ plan to seek an upgrade of its observer status at the United Nations from that of an “entity” to a “non-member state,” implicitly recognizing Palestinian statehood.

Israel and the United States have made clear they would oppose the Palestinian upgrade, which would give it the right to join international bodies like the International Criminal Court, where it could file legal complaints against Israel.

U.N. diplomats said a vote on the Palestinian request was tentatively scheduled for Nov. 29. A senior Western diplomat said the Palestinians would easily secure 120 to 130 votes out of the 193-nation General Assembly, which would ensure the success of their upgraded status at the United Nations.



  1. Palestinians are savvy w/regard to the media but thick when it comes to war and fighting, Israel become wisenheimers in the media arena…

  2. Where are the pictures of the dying people from Kiryat Gat? Where are the pictures of fathers & mothers lying over their children in miklatim protecting them from missiles?!
    Where are the pictures of the people from Sderot & other southern towns suffering from rockets and missiles for over 7 years!!
    Israel has a right to fight back! Get those pictures of crying Arab women off your site. They will be all over the American press.

  3. It may be useful to turn one’s kavana when saying the ve-la-malshinim bracha to the Sandy-torrent of lies that our enemies unfurl at times like these.
    By the way, the woman on the right in the photo looks like the one who’s infamous for posing (arms outstretched in anguish) in front of “her home” that the “Zionist enemy” destroyed, and then doing it all over at another house kilometers away.

  4. Why on earth is YWN playing into the hands of the anti-Israel, anti-Semitic international media by posting the same photographs they do??!!! Where are the Israeli victims of terror? Are you no better than CNN and the BBC? For shame, YWN!

  5. As usual, they fake their photos. People are photographed “dead” or “injured”, and then get up and walk around. Nothing the Arabs say can be taken as the truth unless it’s independently verified.