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UN’s Ban: ‘Israeli occupation bred Arab terror’

Ban says wave of attacks ‘bred from five decades of Israeli occupation’; Israeli Ambassador Danon: ‘don’t justify terror.’

By Nitsan Keidar


UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon on Wednesday accused Israel of causing the current Arab terror wave, saying the lethal attacks are “bred from nearly five decades of Israeli occupation.”

Ban’s comments came in a message delivered on his behalf at a UN conference in Jakarta, Indonesia, on the “Rights of the Palestinian people” and the situation in Jerusalem.

According to the UN head, the daily attempts to murder Jews are “the result of fear, humiliation, frustration and mistrust. It has been fed by the wounds of decades of bloody conflict, which will take a long time to heal. Palestinians youth in particular are tired of broken promises and they see no light at the end of the tunnel.”

After blaming Israel’s “settlement enterprise,” Ban said, “Jerusalem, one of the oldest cities in the world, holds shrines sacred to billions of people worldwide – Muslims, Jews and Christians alike. What happens in Jerusalem reverberates around the world.”

He also said any change to the status quo on the Temple Mount “carries with it the risk of conflict.” At the Mount, the holiest site in Judaism, the Jordanian Waqf has been allowed to maintain de facto control and ban Jewish prayer rights.

Ban stated the “urgent need for leaders


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