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Israel’s UN ambassador arrested after leaving General Assembly to protest Iranian president’s speech


UN security personnel arrested Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations shortly after he left the General Assembly Hall on Tuesday to protest a speech by Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi.

It is unclear why he was detained, but he was later released. Fox News Digital has contacted the UN for comment.

Before storming out of the General Assembly Hall, Gilad Erdan held up a photo of Mahsa Amini, an Iranian woman who was brutally murdered last year by the country’s so-called moral police because she did not did not wear her hijab correctly.

Amini’s killing sparked waves of protests across the Islamic Republic, which were met with a brutal crackdown.

Israel’s ambassador to the UN was arrested by security forces on Tuesday. (Fox News Digital)

A caption accompanying Erdan’s photo of Amini read: “Iranian women deserve freedom now!”

Raisi’s presence at the UN General Assembly drew protesters from the room.

Erdan, who left the General Assembly hall with the Israeli delegation, said the UN had reached “a new moral low” by giving a platform to Raisi, whom he called a “vile murderer”.

“While the butcher of Tehran is speaking at the UN and being respected by the international community, hundreds of Iranians are protesting outside, shouting and calling on the international community to wake up and help them,” Erdan said in a statement. communicated.


“It is a shame that member states continue to listen to a mass murderer. It should not be possible for a murderer with blood on his hands to be given a platform here at the UN. I left the speech to make it clear that the State of Israel stands with the Iranian people. I call on the international community to put an end to this madness and prevent murderers and anti-Semites from speaking here at the UN.

Raisi’s speech to the UN General Assembly was laden with shots at the United States, which he accused of being responsible for the world’s instability.

Israel’s UN ambassador arrested after leaving General Assembly to protest Iranian president’s speech

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi holds up the Holy Quran as he addresses the 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, the United States, September 19, 2023. (Reuters/Mike Segar)

“(A)independent nations are increasingly aligning themselves with cooperation and convergence, some powers are attempting to incite conflict in different regions using a Cold War mentality, they are working to piece together blocs on a global plan,” Raïssi said.

“This regressive effort poses a significant threat to the security and prosperity of nations. The Islamic Republic of Iran firmly maintains that a new East-West divide must not be allowed to form.”

Former President Trump sanctioned Raisi for his role in the massacre of 5,000 Iranian political prisoners in 1988 and the clerical regime’s massacre of 1,500 Iranian protesters in 2019.


Marta Dhanis and Benjamin Weinthal of Fox News contributed to this report.