February 22, 2024

A Palestinian diplomat criticized Western countries for their support of Ukraine while not acknowledging Israel’s violations of international law against Palestinians in Gaza. The Palestinian ambassador to the UN in Geneva, Ibrahim Khraishi, spoke out against the Israeli bombardments in Gaza, which resulted in thousands of civilian deaths. He accused Western leaders of using softer language and defending Israel’s actions, while calling for efforts to limit civilian casualties. Khraishi also called for more support for a ceasefire and an end to the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories. He mentioned the possibility of a special session of the Geneva-based Human Rights Council to discuss the Gaza crisis. The ambassador’s comments were made during a moment of silence observed by more than 40 ambassadors, with most representing Middle Eastern, Asian, and African countries. No Western countries joined, except for the Dutch ambassador who stood on the sidelines.