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UN’s Ban Ki-Moon Stands by Comments That Justify Palestinian Terrorism


– U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday stood by his criticism of what he called Israel’s “stifling occupation” of the Palestinian people, rejecting remarks by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that he was “encouraging terrorism.”

On Tuesday, Ban said the current wave of Palestinian terror in Israel—in which the attacks are predominantly, though not exclusively, occurring in the vicinity of Jerusalem and across the 1967 lines—is understandable because it is “human nature to react to occupation.”

Israel’s settlement activities are “an affront to the Palestinian people,” Ban said. In response, Netanyahu issued a statement that “the comments of the U.N. secretary-general encourage terror. There is no justification for terror.”

On Wednesday, Ban would not back down from his earlier comments, saying that Palestinians “watch as Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, including east Jerusalem, expand and expand…[and] after nearly 50 years of occupation—after decades of waiting for the fulfillment of the Oslo promises—Palestinians are losing hope.”

Ban’s criticism echoes the recent comments of U.S. Ambassador to Israel Daniel Shapiro, who said that too much “vigilantism” goes unchecked by Israeli authorities, and that in the disputed territories, “at times there seems to be two standards of adherence to the rule of


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