In an extremely rare outburst at the UN, three people barreled their way onto the floor of the General Assembly Wednesday, yelling Zionist slogans just moments after the passage of a resolution promoting Palestinian sovereignty, UN sources said.
A member of the trio raced around seated delegates shouting "The nation of Israel lives," unfurling a cloth banner proclaiming "UN=Anti-Semitism." A second protestor secured herself to the arm of a chair with a plastic handcuff before the three were apprehended by uniformed and plain-clothes security guards.
UN security declined to comment on the incident.
The demonstrators, two men wearing yarmulkes and a woman, are alleged to be members of the Israeli educational youth movement Betar, General Assembly spokeswoman Susan Markham said.
The protest came almost immediately after the General Assembly approved by an overwhelming majority a resolution calling for Palestinian sovereignty over their natural resources in the West Bank, the Gaza strip and Jerusalem.
Markham said all three were in the custody of UN security.
Nasser Al-Kidwa, the Palestinian permanent observer to the UN, called the demonstration "illegal" and "unfortunate."
"This is a mob kind of action," he told journalists. "I don't think it has any impact on the General Assembly."
At the close of the Assembly meeting, Syria's representative requested improved security in the hall to prevent future incidents from interrupting the Assembly's work, Markham said, adding that assembly president Harri Holkeri has asked UN security to launch a complete investigation into the incident -- UNITED NATIONS (AFP)
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