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February 20, 2003
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Several Arab leaders diverted a U.N. debate on Iraq to criticize Israel. In a U.N. Security Council debate Tuesday, several Arab countries complained of a double standard in cracking down on Iraq when Israel has also rejected U.N. resolutions and refused to join the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. “The council’s turning the other eye regarding the resolutions against Israel,” said Ahmed Own, Libya’s U.N. ambassador. The Arab claims are “ludicrous,” said an Israeli official. “It is clear to the international community that there is no room for comparison between the two cases.”

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