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Syrian Likens Israel's Actions to WTC Attack

January 19, 2002|From Times Wire Services

Syria equated the Sept. 11 hijacking attacks on the World Trade Center with Israel's demolition of Palestinian homes in the Gaza Strip, a comparison a U.S. official condemned.

In his debut speech as a U.N. Security Council member, Syrian representative Fayssal Mekdad said the 15-member body practiced a double standard in denouncing terrorism around the world but not condemning Israel.

"The idea of equating the destruction of the World Trade Center and the demolition of homes that has been going on in the territories is outrageous," a U.S. official said.

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