Palestinian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, Riyad Malki, strongly criticized a statement by Nickolay Mladenov, on Israel’s latest aggression against Gaza, accusing him of covering up the Israeli occupation crimes by blaming the Palestinian people for these crimes.

In a press statement, Malki condemned the language used by Mladenov, the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, in his statement Wednesday, in which he ignored the field execution and premeditated and extrajudicial killing of Palestinian families, some of whom were completely annihilated, he Palestinian News and Info Agency (WAFA) reported.

“Mladenov’s statement misleads the international public opinion and the United Nations and its honorable mission to uphold and respect international law by describing the situation as an issue of escalation between a Palestinian faction, or an issue of indiscriminate launching of rockets and mortars, as he put it, to ‘undermine the efforts to improve the dire socio-economic conditions’ in Gaza, ignoring the occupation and its continuous systematic and broad crimes against our people, and also ignoring the reports issued by the United Nations committees investigating the crimes that undoubtedly prove the crimes of the occupation against our people,” Malki asserted.

He called on Mladenov to abide by his mandate as a representative of the United Nations, and “stop issuing such misleading statements that are contrary to the positions, reports and resolutions of the United Nations.”

Edited for IMEMC: Ali Salam