„Israel was enraged to learn Thursday that the United Nations is seeking to invoke diplomatic immunity for a Palestinian aid worker arrested on suspicion of aiding Hamas. Wahid Abdallah Bursh, 38, a U.N. Development Program contractor working in the Gaza Strip, was indicted last week for aiding and abetting a terrorist organization.
On Thursday, the U.N. Office of Legal Affairs sent a letter to Israeli Ambassador to the U.N. Danny Danon, demanding that Bursh be released on grounds of diplomatic immunity.
‚Israel is a country that follows the rule of law. We will not grant immunity to terrorists seeking to harm Israelis,‘ Danon said after receiving the letter.
‚The immunity given to some U.N. agency workers applies only to actions directly linked to their work,‘ one source said. ‚Diplomatic immunity doesn’t grant anyone permission to become involved in terrorism. It is inconceivable that a man aiding a terrorist organization be allowed to enjoy diplomatic immunity.‘“
(Shlomo Cesana in Israel Hayom: „Israel to UN: Diplomatic immunity doesn’t apply to terrorists“.)