Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations, Ron Prosor, denounced Lebanon based terror group Hezbollah’s leader Hassan Nasrallah’s role in financing and supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s ”murderous campaign against the Syrian people,” Monday.
Ambassador Prosor delivered a statement to the UN Security Council on the subject of Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict, in which he described the death of more than 100,000 people in Syria as the Arab Spring’s “worst instance” of civilian “repression.”
“After years of stifling repression and brutal oppression, the people of the Middle East said enough is enough. Millions have poured into the streets from Benghazi to Beirut and from Tehran to Tunis. They have raised their voices for liberty, for democracy, and for opportunity,” Ambassador Prosor said. “By far, the worst instance has been Bashar al-Assad’s murderous campaign against the Syrian people.”
More excerpts from Prosor’s statement can be read below.
“Day after day there are reports of detentions and disappearances; of soldiers ordered to fire on civilians; and of people being kidnapped, beaten and tortured. From Hama to Houla and from Deraa to Damascus, innocent people are being slaughtered. In its June report, the UN’s commission of inquiry investigating the hostilities in Syria said, ‘Crimes that shock the conscience have become a daily reality. Humanity has been the casualty of this war.’”
“The atrocities in Syria have been made possible by the backing Assad receives from Hezbollah. For months, Hezbollah leader, Hassan Nasrallah denied Hezbollah’s involvement in the Syrian conflict. Today, the whole world knows that his guerillas are openly battling their fellow Arab Muslims in Syria and threatening to tip the fragile sectarian balance.”
“Nasrallah has repeatedly vowed to keep the murderous Assad regime in power. This past Friday he personally committed himself to fighting in Syria if necessary, saying, ‘If the battle requires me to go … I will go.’ Nasrallah has proven that he has no regard for the lives that have been lost, for the people who have been forced to flee, or for the untold suffering of the Syrian people.”
“This same disregard for human life is clear in Lebanon where Hezbollah’s arsenal has become larger than that of many NATO countries. And Hezbollah sees fit to store these weapons in homes, schools, and hospitals. It would seem that the people of Lebanon are more valuable to Hezbollah as human shields than as human beings. Hezbollah is a ruthless terrorist group committing double war crimes by operating within civilian populations, directing attacks against civilian populations.”
“Before proclaiming his support for the Assad regime, Nasrallah traveled to Iran to secure financial and military backing from Ayatollah Khamenei. We must not forget that the first nonviolent protests were in the streets of Tehran – and the Iranian government’s response was to torture, detain and even kill peaceful protesters. These Iranian protesters were human rights activists, former government officials, clerics, students, professors, journalists, and bloggers.”
“For those who thought that Rouhani’s election would be the dawn of a new Iran – take note. After taking office, the new president wasted no time expressing his support for Assad.”