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December 21, 2016 8:42 am

Ban Ki-moon’s Last Hypocritical Hurrah

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Outgoing United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Photo: World Economic Forum.

Outgoing United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Photo: World Economic Forum.

The outgoing secretary-general of the United Nations outdid himself this week. In his final briefing ‎to the Security Council on Friday, Ban Ki-moon said, “Over the last decade, I have argued that ‎we cannot have a bias against Israel at the UN. Decades of political maneuvering have created a ‎disproportionate number of resolutions, reports and committees against Israel. In many cases, ‎instead of helping the Palestinian issue, this reality has foiled the ability of the UN to fulfill its role ‎effectively.”‎

Listening to the head of the international body that long ago ceased to fulfill any role other than that ‎of providing a platform for despots, one might have mistaken him for an innocent bystander whose ‎voice has been drowned out by the cacophony against the Jewish state.

In fact, Ban is a prominent ‎member of the Israel-bashing choir he has been conducting for the past 10 years, taking every ‎opportunity to equate the only democracy in the Middle East with the forces bent on its destruction ‎and on the subjugation of the West. ‎

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Indeed, he even performed this feat in his farewell address, admonishing both Israel and the ‎terrorist organization that rules the Gaza Strip in the same breath. Israel, he warned, “needs to ‎understand the reality that a democratic state, which is run by the rule of the law, which continues to ‎militarily occupy the Palestinian people, will still generate criticism and calls to hold her accountable.” ‎Hamas, with its “anti-Semitic charter, which seeks to destroy Israel,” he said, should “condemn ‎violence once and for all and recognize Israel’s right to exist.”‎

He conveniently forgot to mention that Israel withdrew completely from Gaza in 2005, and that ‎Hamas — which took control over the enclave two years later — has no reason to “condemn” the ‎violence against Jews that it perpetrates and promotes.‎

But no matter. Ban, like the rest of his cohorts at the UN, never lets facts get in the way of ‎ideology. Nor do his own contradictions in terms cause him to pause, which is why he had no ‎problem saying that though the Palestinian conflict is not at the root of the other wars in the Middle ‎East, “its resolution can create momentum in the region.” If he has some notion of how, exactly, the ‎mass murder of Syrians at the hands of the Russian- and Iranian-backed regime of President ‎Bashar Assad and rebel forces would be affected by some deal between Jerusalem and Ramallah, ‎he is keeping it under wraps.‎

What he has never been quiet about, however, is his belief that Israelis are responsible for ‎Palestinian terrorism, and his hurt feelings when called to task for holding this view. Take last ‎January, when Ban said it was “human nature” for downtrodden people like the ‎Palestinians ‎to express their frustration through violence. This caused a stir among defenders of ‎Israel, particularly since the UN chief had never made a similar statement about, say al-Qaeda, ‎Islamic State ‎or Boko Haram — the group that, at the end of the same month, burned 86 Nigerian ‎villagers alive, ‎among them many children.‎

Offended at the mere suggestion that he had justified Palestinian terrorism‎, ‎Ban penned an op‎-‎ed ‏in The New York Times ‏‎–‎‏ titled ‏‎”‎Don‎’‎t shoot the messenger‎, ‎Israel‎” –‎‏ to claim that his words had ‏been unfairly ‏‎”‎twisted‎.” ‎To prove that he had been misquoted‎, ‎he clarified‎, ‎‏”The stabbings, ‏vehicle‏-‏rammings and other attacks by Palestinians targeting Israeli civilians are reprehensible‎. So, ‎too, are ‎the incitement of violence and the glorification of killers. Nothing excuses terrorism. I ‎condemn it ‎categorically.”‎

Then, without skipping a beat, he proceeded to blame Israel.‏

‎”It is inconceivable… that security measures alone will stop the violence,” he wrote. “As I warned ‎the ‎Security Council last week, Palestinian frustration and grievances are growing under the weight ‎‎of nearly a half-century of occupation. Ignoring this won’t make it disappear. No one can deny ‎that ‎the everyday reality of occupation provokes anger and despair, which are major drivers of ‎violence ‎and extremism and Israeli settlements keep expanding. …Palestinians — especially ‎young people — ‎are losing hope over what seems a harsh, humiliating and endless occupation.”‎

Given his false depiction of the situation — including by omitting Israel’s ‎withdrawal from more ‎than 90% of the territory it obtained after the attempt of surrounding ‎Arab armies to obliterate it in ‎the Six-Day War — it stood to reason that his proposed solutions would be preposterous.‎‏ And they ‏were.‏

‎”We continue to work with Israel and the Palestinian Authority to rebuild Gaza and prevent ‎another ‎devastating conflict, and to press Palestinians for genuine national reconciliation,” he ‎wrote, ‎ignoring the fact that it has been impossible to “rebuild” Gaza, when Hamas has used all ‎the ‎American and European funds provided for this purpose to rebuild all its terror tunnels ‎through ‎which to kidnap and kill Israelis — and boast about this in video clips.‎

However‎, ‎he said, ‎he was ‏‎”disturbed‎ by statements from senior members of Israel’s government ‎that the ‎aim [for a two-state solution] should be abandoned altogether”‎‏ because the‎ “stalemate” will ‎lead to “a corrosion ‎of the moral foundation of Israeli and Palestinian societies, ever more inured to ‎the pain of the ‎other.”‎‏

After attacking Israel for “lashing out at every well-‎intentioned critic,” ‏Ban concluded that ‎‎”the status quo is untenable. Keeping another people under indefinite ‎occupation undermines the ‎security and the future of both Israelis and Palestinians.”‎

It takes serious nerve for someone who has exhibited anti‎-‎Israel bias for years to bemoan the ‏practice‎. ‎But then, ‎hypocrisy is what Ban and the U‎‎N‎ ‎are all about‎.‎

Ruthie Blum is the managing editor of The Algemeiner.‏

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    (Ban Ki-moon) “I Do Not Support Gay Sex”
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  • Efram Paul

    Here here!

  • Peter Joffe

    The UN serves no purpose any longer and should be drained away as it the case with Obama and his swamp friends.. Its no use demonstrating facts to those who will not hear. It is no use showing the true pictures when the audience are all blind. Move the UN to Tehran were it will serve Islam better. Don’t worry though the the next secretary general will be worse and soon the next SG will be a radical Muslim..

  • zvi gross

    Ben, another Muslim stooge, beholden to the 54 nation strong wolfpack of the Conference of the Islamic States.

  • America should withhold its 22% UN contribution until the UN launches credible reforms such as: eliminating Anti-Israel resolutions, ending wasteful programs like the UNRWA, and restoring the United Nation’s prime directive.

  • Holy Shirt

    Legendary entertainer and author Steve Allen penned over fifty novels during a lifetime cut tragically short by injuries sustained in a car accident. His non-fiction contributions were dedicated to the world’s greatest minds, and its emptiest. Failure to provide a method to withdraw one’s comment is prima facie evidence that so many of the latter choose journalism careers. http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/494799._Dumbth_

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