B’nai B’rith Disconcerted Over U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon’s Statement Blaming Israeli "Occupation" For Increasing Violent Attacks
B’nai B’rith International wrote a letter to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemning his recent statement, read on his behalf at a conference concerning the “rights of the Palestinian people.” Ban stated that “the anger we are witnessing is bred from nearly five decades of Israeli occupation.”
In the letter B’nai B’rith International President Gary P. Saltzman and Executive Vice President Daniel S. Mariaschin write: “This represents an unacceptable rationalization of terrorism and blaming of the victim. If the U.N. is sincerely interested in calming the situation on the ground, then U.N. officials need to desist from using this kind of rhetoric, which is only seen by Palestinians as global validation of their attacks against Israelis.”
Saltzman and Mariaschin declared that “Unless the U.N. makes clear that Palestinian incitement to hate and violence, not Israel, is the cause of Palestinian terrorism against Israelis, we will not see any meaningful progress towards an end to this conflict.”
They closed hoping that a resolution to the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict would continue with face-to-face negotiations and expressed that “the cause of peace would have been better served if the remarks that were delivered in your name had insisted, instead, that the Palestinians return to the negotiating table.”
Click here to read the full letter.