The UN detains the Israeli ambassador after leaving the General Assembly to protest the Iranian president’s speech

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

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

Before storming out of the General Assembly Hall, Gilad Erdan showed a photograph of Mahsa Amini, an Iranian woman who was brutally murdered last year by the country’s so-called morality police for not properly wearing her hijab.

Amini’s murder sparked waves of protests across the Islamic Republic, which were met with brutal repression.

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

Raisi’s presence at the UN General Assembly drew protesters outside the hall.

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

Israel’s ambassador to the UN, Gilad Erdan, was detained by security personnel on Tuesday.FOX News Digital

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

“It is a shame that Member States are left 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 supports the Iranian people. “I call on the international community to stop the madness and prevent murderers and anti-Semites from coming to speak here at the UN.”

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“[A]As independent nations increasingly align themselves toward cooperation and convergence, certain powers attempt to incite conflict in different regions using a Cold War mentality, striving to reconstitute blocs on a global level. [scale]Raisi said.

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi holds the Quran as he addresses the 78th session of the UN General Assembly in New York City on September 19, 2023.Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi holds the Quran as he addresses the 78th session of the UN General Assembly in New York City on September 19, 2023.Reuters/Mike Segar

“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.

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

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