Ban Ki-Moon? You Bet We Should!

In the face of unrelenting terror attacks aimed at innocent men, women and children – but especially women and children – we are unfortunately used to seeing people empathizing with the terrorists, rather than the victims.

It is even more unfortunate when the chorus of such people includes the Secretary General of the UN.

ban ki moonBenjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, on Tuesday accused the United Nations Secretary-General of “encouraging terror” after Ban Ki-moon spoke of Palestinian frustration at Israel’s occupation and said it was natural to resist.

“The comments of the UN Secretary-General encourage terror,” said Mr Netanyahu in a statement. “There is no justification for terror.”

Earlier, Mr Ban told the UN Security Council of the “profound sense of alienation and despair driving some Palestinians – especially young people” in the upsurge of attacks on Israelis since the start of October.

“Palestinian frustration is growing under the weight of a half century of occupation and the paralysis of the peace process,” he said.

“As oppressed peoples have demonstrated throughout the ages, it is human nature to react to occupation, which often serves as a potent incubator of hate and extremism.”

Human nature to commit terror attacks against innocent people? No, Mr Moon. It is not human and it is not natural.

There is a people who have really been oppressed – for way longer than the palestinians feel they have had it bad – and in the thousand or so years they have endured tremendous pain and suffering, I do not recall them declaring hunting season on defenseless people.

How ironic you head an organization built out of the ashes of the ultimate manifestation of that people’s oppression (commemorated internationally today, January 27, by the way), the very same people being murdered by those with whom you are empathizing.

Ban Ki-moon? Damn right we should ban you.

Update: Yair Lapid raises a similar point.


David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media

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