Palestine urges UNSC to condemn Israel
The Palestinian Authority (PA) has called on the UN Security Council to condemn Israel for taking punitive actions against UNESCO for admitting Palestine as a full member state, Press TV reported.
Riyad Mansour, the PA's ambassador to the UN, urged the Security Council on Thursday to take action against the Tel Aviv regime, the Associated Press reported.
Israel has accelerated illegal settlement constructions in the occupied territories and "illegally hijacked" Palestinian tax collections in outrage against the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) which on Monday granted full membership to Palestine.
Israel announced on Tuesday that it would accelerate construction work in occupied East al-Quds (Jerusalem) and in other parts of the occupied territories.
Tel Aviv also pronounced to freeze the transfer of funds to the PA.
Every month, Israel collects about 60 million dollars in customs duties, which are levied on goods destined for Palestinian markets through Israeli ports.
Mansour said if Israel does not stop the retaliatory actions immediately, the region might see further "escalations and provocations."
The PA official stated, "The bottom line is we want the Security Council to react to this latest escalation and provocation with a view of stopping it and containing it.''
He went on to say that the Security Council should issue a statement or pass a resolution condemning Tel Aviv for its actions.
In addition, Mansour also censured the US for cutting 60 million dollars in annual funding for UNESCO. Washington adopted the measure in order to punish the UN's cultural body.