The Kuwaiti ambassador to the United Nations, Mr. Abdalla Bishara, attacked Israel for pontificating, when?
GV Israeli delegate at Security Council takes his seat
SV Mr. Bishara (Kuwaiti delegate) speaking
GV Palestinian delegates arrive and take seats
SV Mr. Lai Ya-li (Chinese delegate) speaking in Mandarin
BISHARA: "What will be the fate of many small countries that have placed their faith in the United Nations. Will the dictates of power and force prevail over the (indistinct) of justice. Are we still in the era of the predominance of force. Such rhetorical questions are muted in every corner, in every gathering, and justifiably so, in the light of Israel's behaviour in the occupied lands. For how long will the Security Council tolerate such an anomalous situation? For how long will the Arabs display patience? For how long will the United Nations accept the scorn that these resolutions are treated with? This is the crux of this debate. It is not a change of heart by the Arabs towards Israel. It is not the Sunday sermons the Security Council is subjected to about he achievements of Israel in the occupied territories. It is not the bizarre dissertation about Egyptian rule in Gaza or the Jordanian measures in the West Bank prior to '67. The Israeli representatives come here to........pontificate on Israel's record in the occupied territories. We all know Mr. President, there is a (indistinct), an ocean, a gulf between pontification and facts."
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Background: The Kuwaiti ambassador to the United Nations, Mr. Abdalla Bishara, attacked Israel for pontificating, when the Security Council resumed its debate on the situation in Israeli-occupied Arab territories on Monday (10 May).
He accused the Israeli representatives of attending the debates in the United Nations merely to pontificate on Israel's record in the occupied territories. But, said Mr. Bishara, all the delegates knew there was a wide gap between pontification and facts.
Also during the debate, the Soviet Ambassador, Mr. Jacob Malik, clashed with the United States representative when he accused the American authorities of encouraging "Zionist terrorism" in New York. He said that a hostile demonstration on Sunday, 2 May, had been attended by "important officials, senators, and congressmen, the State Governor, the Mayor of the City of New York and others."
The United States representative, Mr. W. Tapley Bennett, said that some of the Mr. Malik's remarks were baseless. Although results were not being obtained by the authorities as quickly as either the Soviet Union or the U.S. Government would like, they did not plan to change their system of "law and orderly justice and procedures, even if the justice and procedure is sometimes rather slow".
Another speaker during the debate was the Chinese ambassador, Mr. Lai Ya-li, and the Palestine Liberation Organisation was again represented at the Council's deliberations.
(This film is serviced with sound extracts of speeches by Mr. Bishara and Mr. Lai. Mr. Bishara spoke in English and a transcript of his remarks follows below.)
SYNOPSIS: Israel's Ambassador to the United Nations heard a strong attack from the Kuwaiti delegate, Mr. Abdalla Bishara, on Monday.
Representatives of the Palestinian Liberation Organisation were also present for the debate -- a continuation of the Security Council's deliberations on the situation in Israeli-occupied territories. Another speaker was the Chinese Ambassador, Mr. Lai Ya-li. Also during the debate, there was a clash between eh Soviet Ambassador, Mr. Jacob Malik, and the United States representative. Mr. W. Tapley Bennett.
Mr. Malik accused the American authorities of encouraging "Zionist terrorism" in New York. He said a hostile demonstration recently had been attended by many important American officials. Mr. Bennett said that some of Mr. Malik's remarks were baseless. But he did admit that results were not being obtained as quickly as the U.S. authorities wold like. But they would not change their system.