State Dept.: P.A. envoy likening Israeli soldiers to Nazis ‘deeply concerning’

Ron Kampeas

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Palestinian Authority U.N. envoy’s likening of Israeli soldiers confronting stone-throwers to Nazis putting down the Warsaw uprising was “deeply concerning,” the State Department spokesman said.

Mark Toner responded Thursday to a JTA query about an April 27 press conference by Riyadh 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 U.N. 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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