The Israeli ambassador to the United Nations was briefly detained by security forces on Tuesday for protesting during the Iranian president’s speech.
Gilad Erdan held up a photo of Mahsa Amini, the 22-year-old Iranian woman who was killed while in the custody of Tehran’s vice police after she was arrested for not covering up enough hair.
Erdan walked silently to the stage, holding the sign above his head. It read: ‘Iranian women deserve freedom now!’
Ebrahim Raisi, the president of Iran, did not appear to notice Erdan, who then left the room and was later detained by the UN security agency.
Gilad Erdan, Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations, protests Tuesday as the Iranian president speaks
Erdan walked to the stage holding up his sign
Some other delegates turned to look and see what was happening, while Erdan walked to the podium – in defiance of protocol.
Ebrahim Raisi, the president of Iran, did not seem to notice Erdan
Erdan later tweeted that the UN was guilty of “moral distortions” for giving a platform to Raisi, who has led a brutal crackdown on protests in his own country.
Erdan, ambassador since 2020, accused the UN of rolling out the red carp “for murderers and anti-Semites.”
“As President Raisi of Iran, the “Butcher of Tehran,” began his speech, I waved a photo of Mahsa Amini, the innocent Iranian woman who was brutally murdered by the regime a year ago for not wearing a hijab. the right way’. Erdan tweeted.
‘Meanwhile, hundreds of Iranians protested outside the UN, begging for help from the international community. I will never stop fighting for the truth and I will always expose the moral distortions of the UN.
“Those who roll out the red carpet for murderers and anti-Semites must be held accountable for their actions!”
Photos obtained by Fox news showed him being escorted by UN security after leaving the room.
“I left the speech to make it clear that the State of Israel stands with the Iranian people,” Erdan said, according to a statement sent to Reuters by Israel’s mission to the United Nations.
Mahsa Amini, 22, died in September 2022 in the custody of Iran’s moral police, who accused her of letting her hijab slip
People gather to mark the first anniversary of Mahsa Amini’s death in Lafayette Square, Washington DC, on September 16
Earlier on Tuesday, Erdan filmed a video for a protest against Iran’s rulers
Erdan had previously filmed a video in front of a shrine to the victims of the Iranian regime’s repression.
Tuesday marked the first anniversary of the nationwide uprisings in Iran that began last September, after Amini’s death.
He stated that Israel stood in solidarity with those persecuted by the “ruthless” government in Tehran, and again criticized the UN for allowing Raisi to speak.
‘The world must wake up and listen to the voices of innocent Iranians! The Ayatollah regime must be held accountable for their crimes and pay the price!” he wrote on X.
‘The people of Israel stand with the people of Iran.’
Raisi told the assembled world leaders in a provocative speech that his country will not withdraw from its “clear right to peaceful uses of nuclear” technology, and urged the United States to return to the 2015 nuclear deal.
He reiterated that a nuclear arsenal has “no room” in Iran’s military doctrine.
Raisi also urged the US to return to the nuclear deal by showing goodwill through “confidence-building policies.”
In 2018, US President Donald Trump pulled Washington out of the deal and imposed even more sanctions.
The comments came a day after Iran and the US released prisoners from both sides who had been held in prison for years.
The US also gave Iran access to nearly $6 billion in frozen assets. The Americans came home on Tuesday.