posted on Mar, 18 2005 @ 05:40 AM
U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan's decision to lay a wreath at the grave of Yasser Arafat while on his way to the dedication of a Holocaust museum
in Israel is infuriating New York politicians and Jewish leaders, some of whom are labeling Mr. Annan's gesture "outrageous," "grotesque," and an
example of "mindless incompetence."
The secretary-general joined world leaders in Israel on Tuesday to commemorate the opening of a new Holocaust museum in Jerusalem. His visit Monday to
Mr. Arafat's grave rankled some representatives of the United Nations' host city, who said Mr. Annan had damaged the world body's already poor
public image and may have further imperiled U.N. plans to expand into neighboring parts of Turtle Bay.
Mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner, a Democrat who represent parts pf Brooklyn and Queens in Congress, said yesterday: "It is almost grotesque to
travel to Israel to pay tribute to the 6 million Jews massacred in the Shoah and use the opportunity to pay tribute to a terrorist who is responsible
for murdering thousands more."
"Just when I think the U.N. and its leadership had reached a new low," Mr. Weiner added, "I am reminded that when it comes to Israel, and
sensitivity toward the Jewish community, there is no bottom to their pit."
Many of Mr. Weiner's fellow congressmen from the New York metropolitan area echoed his sentiments.
Rep. Peter King, a Republican of Long Island, said yesterday that Mr. Annan "is the worst type of world leader. He's arrogant and tone deaf;
considering all that's gone down in the U.N., for him to be commemorating Arafat in this way is incredibly insensitive."
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