China says the United States is “ignoring the suffering” of Muslims following Washington’s move to push back a scheduled UN Security Council meeting aimed at addressing the soaring conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.
The Security Council was set to hold a session, requested by China, Tunisia and Norway, on Friday on the crisis but the US, Israel’s diplomatic shield at the UN, blocked it despite the deepening bloodshed. However, it was eventually agreed that the meeting will convene on Sunday.
Speaking to reporters on Friday, Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said the US is “standing on the opposite side of the international community” and had single handedly obstructed the Security Council from speaking out on the situation in Israel and the Gaza Strip.
“What we can feel is that the US keeps saying that it cares about the human rights of Muslims… but it was ignoring the suffering of the Palestinian people,” Hua added.
“The US should realize that the lives of Palestinian Muslims are equally precious,” she said.
She stressed the importance of making efforts to lower temperatures and prevent the crisis from further escalating.
The Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman emphasized that Beijing would push the Security Council to take action soon and reiterate its firm support for a two-state solution.
According to the White House, US President Joe Biden “conveyed his unwavering support for Israel’s security and for Israel’s legitimate right to defend itself and its people, while protecting civilians.”