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Israel’s U.N. Rep Responds as Security Council Holds Moment of Silence for ‘Mass Murdering’ Raisi

Gilad Erdan. www.un.org
Gilad Erdan. www.un.org

On Monday, members of the United Nations Security Council held a moment of silence to commemorate the death of the Islamic Republic’s president, Ebrahim Raisi, who was killed with several other regime officials in a helicopter crash on Sunday.

At the request of Algeria, China, and Russia, the powerful committee’s chair, Pedro Comissário Afonso of Madagascar, asked the assembled to “stand and join in observing a minute of silence in remembrance of the loss of life in the helicopter crash of the president of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ebrahim Raisi, the minister of foreign affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, and all passengers, and to present its condolences and sympathy to their families and the people of the Islamic Republic of Iran.”

Pictures from the event showed U.S. deputy ambassador Robert Wood participating in the memorialization along with the other diplomats in attendance.

Israel’s representative to the world body, Gilad Erdan, described the gesture as “disgraceful.”

“I expressed shock and disgust that the Security Council held a moment of silence yesterday in memory of the mass murdering President Raisi of Iran. What’s next? Will the Council hold a moment of silence for Bin Laden? Will there be a vigil for Hitler? We wouldn’t be surprised!" Erdan posted on X along with an official statement in English denouncing the measure.

The Israeli envoy continued to demonstrate his distaste of the matter, taking issue with an additional observance of the incident, the lowering of the U.N. flag to half-mast in the terrorist’s honor at the institution’s New York City headquarters.

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