UN’s Robert Serry Claims Ban Ki-moon’s Flip-Flop on Anti-Israel Bias Was ‘Not Meant as a Retraction’
The United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Robert Serry, said in an interview with Israel’s Reshet Bet radio Sunday that Israel does face bias and discrimination at the UN, and that comments made by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in New York last week, denying UN discrimination against Israel, were not meant to be a retraction of his previous acknowledgement of UN anti-Israel bias.
“I’ve been in touch with the Secretary General’s office in New York, and I can assure you that what he said there in New York was not meant as a retraction,” Serry said, “He has said, unfortunately, because of the conflict, Israel has been weighed down by criticism, and suffered from bias and sometimes even discrimination. This is what I know he has been saying here, and I know this is what he stands for.”
Last week Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations Ron Prosor sharply responded after Ban Ki-moon told an Israel Radio reporter that he doesn’t think there is discrimination against Israel at the United Nations.
“Blatant denial is no recipe for change,” said the Ambassador in an email to The Algemeiner, adding, “This bias will continue as long as it is not acknowledged and dealt with at the highest echelons of the UN.”
“It doesn’t take the investigative skills of Agatha Christie to deduce that there’s bias against Israel at the United Nations,” he said.
Before his subsequent retraction in New York, Ki-moon told university students at the U.N. Headquarters in Jerusalem, during a trip to Israel, that the Jewish state does face bias at the UN.
“Unfortunately, because of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Israel has been weighed down by criticism and suffered from bias and sometimes even discrimination,” he said.
In his email to The Algemeiner, Prosor provided examples of anti-Israel discrimination at the UN.
“Every year, the General Assembly passes over 20 resolutions that single out Israel. These resolutions are passed in a ‘standard operating procedure,’ discriminating against Israel with absolutely zero connection to changing realities in the world or the Middle East. In 2012 alone, the GA passed 21 resolutions condemning us – and only three condemning ‘beacons of human rights’ like Syria, Iran, and North Korea,” he wrote.