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August 20, 2013 7:06 am

Ban Ki-moon Now Denies Anti-Israel Bias at UN

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Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations. Photo: WEF. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon backtracked on an earlier admission that the organization that he heads is biased against Israel.

Speaking to journalists on Monday, Ban was asked by an Israel Radio reporter regarding his statements Friday about Israel in the U.N. The secretary-general at first spoke about the claims of incitement against Israel in U.N.-funded camps, saying they would be investigated and that “incitement against any group of people or any religion or tradition and disrespect against any traditions and region and people, ethnic group is unacceptable.”

When pressed about his statements regarding U.N. discrimination against Israel, Ban answered, “No, I don’t think there is discrimination against Israel at the United Nations. The Israeli government in fact, you know, raised this issue that [there is] some bias against Israel. But Israel is one of the 193 Member States, thus Israel should have equal rights and opportunities without having any bias, any discrimination. That’s a fundamental principle of the United Nations Charter and thus Israel should be fully given such rights.”

The statements directly contrast with what Ban said on Friday, when he was quoted telling university students at the U.N. Headquarters in Jerusalem that, “Unfortunately, because of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Israel has been weighed down by criticism and suffered from bias and sometimes even discrimination.”

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  • Felicity Scott

    So then, Israel coming to a Security Council near you soon, Mr Ban? Oh, that’s right. Alone of the 193 members Israel *can’t* sit on the Security Council – and in the last 70 years, nothing has been done to remedy that situation. It’s an anti-Semitic organisation, and every country who is a member (other than Israel) is acting with bias by not challenging the situation. QED

  • Fred

    Ban Ki Moon should remove his blinkers & clean his ears
    to listen in the UN (Tower of Babel) the anti Israel cheers. A snake pit of bias & hate following the footsteps of the League of Nations.