The United Nations Police took Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations into custody on Tuesday, after he exited the General Assembly Hall in protest of a speech delivered by Iran President Ebrahim Raisi.
During Raisi’s speech, Ambassador Gilad Erdan rose from his seat displaying a sign that bore the message, “Iranian women deserve freedom now,” accompanied by a picture of Mahsa Amini, the 22-year-old who was allegedly beaten to death by regime forces last year after she was taken into custody for not wearing her hijab properly.
Departing along with the Israeli delegation, Erdan condemned the United Nations for what he deemed a “new moral low.” He strongly criticized Raisi, referring to him as a “vile murderer.”
In a statement, Erdan lamented, “while the butcher of Tehran is speaking at the U.N. and is being respected by the international community, hundreds of Iranians are protesting outside, shouting and calling on the international community to wake up and help them.”
This week, Iranians inside and outside Iran commemorated one year since Amini’s death, which ignited widespread protests in Iran, that were met with harsh suppression by authorities.
This week also marked the completion of a hostage deal between the United States and Iran’s regime in which both sides released five prisoners to the other, with the U.S. unfreezing an additional $6 billion to go back to Tehran.
Raisi’s speech was notably marked by pointed criticisms of the U.S., which he held responsible for much of the world’s instability.