Israel’s UN Ambassador Rejects Request To Release Worker Accused Of Aiding Hamas

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Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon rejected a request by the U.N. for the release of an employee arrested in July for allegedly aiding the Hamas terror group in Gaza.

The U.N. Office of Legal Affairs (OLA) sent a letter to Danon requesting the release of Wahid Abdallah al Bursh, an engineer in the U.N.’s Development Program (UNDP), claiming that diplomatic immunity applies to all U.N. employees. UNDP also requested that a representative of the U.N. secretary-general be allowed to visit the man in jail.

Danon denied OLA’s request on Thursday, saying in a statement, “Israel rejects the claim that a person assisting a terrorist organization recognized by the international community, such as Hamas, could enjoy immunity.”

He told the Jerusalem Post, “Whoever assists a terrorist organization cannot hide behind a claim of immunity.” Earlier Danon also tweeted, “There’s no diplomatic unity for terrorists!”

Bursh has been indicted in a Beersheba District Court for using his position as a U.N. worker to aid Hamas in their military efforts.

Israel’s security agency, the Shin Bet, said Bursh, 38, was recruited by Hamas in 2014 and helped build a naval commando port for Hamas military use in the Gaza Strip. The U.N. claimed that the Palestinian Authority directed the project, not Hamas.

JNS.ORG / Matzav.com Israel

3 COMMENTS

  1. Unfortunately the UN is probably correct here: Its diplomatic staff can legally aid Hamas without consequences. The UN should back down and waive diplomatic immunity.

    • Uh, no. Just stating the fact. Diplomats can literally get away with homicide and other serious crimes — there have been such cases in the US. The only action the host country can take is to expel the diplomat’s family unless he country (or, in this case, the UN), waives diplomatic immunity.

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