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August 26, 2013 3:07 pm

UN’s Robert Serry Claims Ban Ki-moon’s Flip-Flop on Anti-Israel Bias Was ‘Not Meant as a Retraction’

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UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Process Robert Serry addresses the UN Security Council. Photo: UN.

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.

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  • Sharon E Kerr

    You can always tell when they are lying, as soon as they open their mouth. It’s time for a real Jewish leader, one whom will tell the world where to get off. Declare that Israel belongs to the Jews, because G-d says so.
    We don’t need missiles or bombs, if only the Jewish people were as brave as King David and Daniel and call on HASHEM. May G-d stop this insanity in my time.

  • Sharon E Kerr

    The reason G-d didn’t put Ban ki moons and his wife in the Garden of Eden. They would have eaten the snake and ruined the whole story.

  • Vivienne leijonhufvud

    The UN am I to understand that Ban Ki moon said serry instead of sorry? Jewish friends don’t scream and swear like the so called Palestinians, it makes Israeli’s look equally as crazy, generally speaking Israeli’s are cool and objective. So called Palestinians have been banging on for so long, maybe everyone got sick of their crap, I certainly am. Cut off money to them, freeze peace talks, investigate the teaching in their schools and find out what the kids are doing in Summer Camp. Remember Hitler’s children, the little ones in brown shirts, the so called Palestinian kids are doing the same thing including the goose step. So UN wake up and deal with the real ‘bad apple’ in the barrel. They are a lazy bunch and now just want to move into properties built by Israeli, and yet have turned down Israel, who has offered to build them an up to date transport service. Salas led thousands of Gazans in the streets up to the border with Israel on Sunday, creating mayhem, Gazans have broken cease fire agreements over and over again. Dump them UN.

  • Clear Thinking

    Ban Ki-moon did not “flip flop.” He just had a moment of clear rational thinking. Of course this cannot be tolerated at the UN. Shame on him!

  • Otto Schiff

    This is a reminder, that those who discriminate against any
    human grouping, are the INFERIORS on this earth.

  • Plain Talk

    Ban should be the one clarifying what he means or doesn’t mean and not the “special coordinator”

  • Steve

    There is a beacon in the Middle East. It’s called ISRAEL. It’s the only light in an infected swamp.
    UN are a bunch of posturing muppets.

  • R

    We Jews are used to be singled out for every conceivable kind of discrimination. Professional, Business, Artistic, you name i, the discrimination exists right up front, for everyone to see. “It’s o.k. to discriminate them JIEWS, ya’ knaow. EV’rybody hates the Jews..

    That why there’s a State of Israel. There’s a secret meaning to the name, “State of Israel”

    Wanna know the real meaning?…the’ secret meaning??


  • Arie

    So what he is saying is that like obama, Ban is a habitual liar. Clears that up!

  • BH in Iowa

    Useless Nations can’t keep its lies straight.

  • E Pluribus Beagle

    The UN gives new meaning to ‘Special’. They’re all special aren’t they.