At UN, d'Escoto Calls Quotes He Disagrees With a
Crime, Israel Cancels Meeting
Byline: Matthew Russell Lee of
Inner City Press at the UN: News Analysis
December 15 -- The UN General
Assembly President Miguel d'Escoto Brockmann on Monday accused Israel's
Ambassador Gabriela Shalev, and seemingly the Jerusalem Post, of
slander to the
extend of being a "criminal act." D'Escoto through his affable
Enrique Yeves denied Ambassador Shalev's statement that he had tried to
Israel from speaking at a human rights event last week.
reported that Shalev said d'Escoto "initially decided to limit
regional representatives after learning that Israel would represent
Europe at the podium." Inner City Press had heard the theory last week,
and asked Yeves about it. Yeves denied it, and Inner City Press did not
it. Who knew, however, that quoting
Israel's Ambassador could give rise to charges of slander and of crime?
noon briefing, Inner City Press repeatedly asked Yeves which statement
was characterized as criminal. We deny it, Yeves said. Video here.
Yes, but that's
different from calling it a crime. Who
was being accused remains unclear.
was on more solid ground, most observers concluded, in criticizing
blocking of UN envoy Richard Falk. This questions wasn't even asked,
answeded, at the press conference of the Middle East Quartet.
PGA d'Escoto Brockmann, threats criminal and of death not shown
reported that d'Escoto was subject to death threats on the Internet.
"Aren't we all," snarked one journalist. Earlier on Monday, d'Escoto
leaned closed to U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative Alejandro Wolff,
in loud Spanish into d'Escoto "good ear." Inner City Press asked
Yeves for a read-out, but was told that the encounter was not heated,
rather included discussion of the meeting d'Escoto had requested with
Shalev of Israel's Mission.
meeting, mentioned as the conclusion of d'Escoto's statement, was
later on Monday. As with Richard Falk,
questions weren't even asked, much less answered, at the press
the Middle East Quartet.
Footnote: A fire
alarm rang out as the UN Security
Council met, preparing for the Quartet meeting including Condoleezza
the U.S., Sergey Lavrov of Russia, and the UK's David Milliband.
were evacuated, while journalists ran the other way, toward the Council
chamber. Reporters joked about the shoes thrown at George Bush over the
weekend. They mused that security scrutiny
press might get more tight. At the time of the fire drill, however, no
thought they might be criminally charged for their articles.
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