NEW YORK CITY - United Nations General Assembly President Father Miguel d'Escoto Brockmann called for an international boycott of Israel as an apartheid regime.
Brockman recommended that the international community sever all ties with Israel, boycott its institutions and impose sanctions against Jerusalem.
"Although different, what is being done against the Palestinian people seems to me to be a version of the highest policy of apartheid," Brockmann, who hails from Nicaragua, told the General Assembly.
In his address at the UN's annual International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People conference, the president said the failure to create an independent Palestinian state is "the single greatest failure in the history of the United Nations."
When Israeli UN Ambassador Professor Gabriella Shalev addressed the General Assembly, she asked how the day marking the UN vote to establish the modern State of Israel became a day of mourning and Israel bashing.
"(The United Nations) does not represent or reflect what is truly happening - the real things that happen outside the UN," she said.
The Israeli ambassador suggested that discussions on the Middle East should focus on Iranian threats to wipe Israel off the map, Syria's active support of terror organizations, Hamas' rocketing of southern Israeli cities, and Hezbollah's preparations for war with Israel.
"We will not allow this lowest common denominator of Israel-bashing to dictate these discussions," Professor Shalev said.
Source: YNet news