On November 19, 2015, Palestinian Arab terrorists attacked Israelis which resulted in the death of five people. On the same day, terrorists in Mali attacked a hotel and killed 20.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon commented on both terrorist attacks. As seen below, the approach to each incident was quite different.
|November 19, 2015 UN Responses||Terror attacks killing five in Israel||Terror attack killing 20 in Mali|
|Words in press release||97||218|
|Condemnation||“terror attack”||“horrific terrorist attack”|
|Condolences||“condolences to the families””||“sincere condolences to the Government of Mali and the bereaved families”|
|Support for fight on terror||None. “Imperative to restore calm.”||“full support to the Malian authorities in their fight against terrorist and extremist groups”|
The UN placed significant weight on its comments towards the Government of Mali. It extended condolences and offered “full support” to fight terrorists and extremists.
However, all such language and sentiment was absent for Israel over its wave of terrorism.
This has been true for every announcement made about deliberate murders committed by Palestinian Arabs against Israelis, whether the killing of the Henkins in front of their children (October 2015) or the slaughter of the Fogel family in their beds (March 2011).
The reason becomes clear when reviewing the various UN statements.
This November 19 attack was the first time that Ban Ki-Moon actually used the word “terror” about Israeli Jews (he used it when describing terror against Arabs such as the killing of an Arab teenager in Duma). The reason for using it for this incident? Because a Palestinian was listed among those killed. The language of the press release could just as easily lead a reader to conclude that the terrorism was CAUSED by Israel, rather than by Arab murderers.
That was the reason that the UN did not extend condolences to, or express support for the Government of Israel. For the UN Secretary-General, Israel is as much part of the terrorist infrastructure as the jihadists.
“The Secretary-General condemns today’s terror attacks in Israel and the occupied West Bank. He expresses his condolences to the families of the five people killed today — three Israelis, a Palestinian and an American — and hopes for a full and speedy recovery for those injured. It is imperative now to restore calm.
The Secretary-General calls upon all political, religious and community leaders to speak out against such brutal acts and refrain from incendiary language. He reiterates that only a negotiated solution to the conflict can bring peace and security to the peoples of this troubled land.”
“The Secretary-General condemns the horrific terrorist attack at the Radisson hotel in Bamako which killed an unknown number of civilians and injured many more. He expresses his sincere condolences to the Government of Mali and the bereaved families and wishes a speedy recovery to the wounded victims of this attack. The United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) has been assisting the Malian authorities in the handling of this crisis.
The Secretary-General notes with concern that these attacks are taking place at a time when the peace process is making good progress and the signatory groups to the Agreement on peace and reconciliation in Mali, in particular the Coordination des Mouvements de l’Azawad and the Plateforme, were in Bamako to attend the sixth meeting of the Comité de suivi de l’Accord (CSA) with the Malian Government and international partners.
The Secretary-General deplores any attempt to derail the implementation of the Agreement. He expresses his full support to the Malian authorities in their fight against terrorist and extremist groups. He welcomes the statements of the signatory parties to the Agreement that they remain committed to its implementation. He also reiterates the commitment of the United Nations, through MINUSMA, to support the Malian Government and the parties to the Agreement at this critical juncture in the peace process.”
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