Five years ago, in March 2011, the world was a very violent place. The Secretary-General of the United Nations often spoke at length about the responsibility to protect civilians from violence. In some places.
When it came to Israel, after two Palestinian Arab men slaughtered five people in their beds while they slept, Ban Ki Moon uttered few words, and rather than demand better protection for civilians, he argued that the government should “act with restraint.”
Just four days before the massacre in Itamar, Secretary General Ban Ki Moon said the following: “The Palestinian Authority continues to make progress in institution-building and the delivery of public services, which leaves it well-positioned for the establishment of a State at any point in the near future. Israelis should be comforted by the emergence of a reliable partner and neighbour committed to Israel’s right to live in peace and security, opposed to violence and terrorism, and able to deliver on the ground.”
More ignorant words may never have been spoken.
If the UN Secretary General was so impressed with the PA as a partner, why does he never call out the Palestinian Authority to stop inciting violence and protect people? As seen below, he is comfortable calling on other ruling authorities to protect civilians. Except Israel.
Quotes from Ban Ki Moon in March 2011
On Israel, March 12, 2011 (38 words): “The Secretary-General condemns last night’s shocking murder of an Israeli family of five, including three children, in a West Bank settlement. He calls for the perpetrators to be brought to justice, and for all to act with restraint.”
- There was no call for ensuring the protection of innocent civilians.
- There was no calling out of the Palestinian Authority for incitement.
- There was no call to contain Palestinian extremists to prevent the further loss of life.
That would only happen for other countries, where he would wax on about the obligation to protect civilians:
On Sudan, March 14, 2011 (161 words): ” He calls upon the leadership of the National Congress Party (NCP) and Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) to restrain the local communities in Abyei and to implement the short-term containment measures…”
On Libya, March 17, 2011 (208 words): “Resolution 1973 affirms, clearly and unequivocally, the international community’s determination to fulfil its responsibility to protect civilians from violence perpetrated upon them by their own government. The Resolution authorizes the use of all necessary measures, including a no-fly zone to prevent further casualties and loss of innocent lives”
On Syria, March 18, 2011 (104 words): “The use of lethal force against peaceful demonstrators and their arbitrary arrests are unacceptable”
On Yemen, March 18, 2011 (111 words): ” He reiterates his call for utmost restraint and reminds the Government of Yemen that it has an obligation to protect civilians. He calls on all to desist from any provocative acts that might lead to further violence..”
On Libya, March 23, 2011 (64 words): “…he reiterates his call for an immediate end to violence by all parties, in accordance with Security Council resolutions 1970 and 1973, and for the responsibility to protect civilians.”
On Syria, March 23, 2011 (101 words): “He reminds the Syrian Government of its obligation to protect civilians”
On Ivory Coast, March 31, 2011 (175 words): “He urges all parties to abide by their responsibility to avoid harm to the civilian population. It is essential that all parties cooperate with the United Nations Mission in Côte d’Ivoire in carrying out its mandate to protect civilians. The Secretary-General reiterates that those responsible for inciting, orchestrating or committing human rights violations will be held accountable under international law.“
The UN Secretary General believes governments in the region should protect civilians, but Israel should rely on the Palestinian Authority for its security. In March 2011, a family was butchered in their beds.
Five years later, Ban Ki Moon continues the same pattern of not calling out the Palestinian Authority – which he still claims is a “reliable partner and neighbor” for Israel’s security – for inciting murder. He excuses them with words that the Palestinians are “frustrated.” He absolves their sins with silence.
Five years on, innocent civilians continue to be killed in the streets of Israel, and Ban Ki Moon continues to deny that Israel has the right and responsibility to protect its citizens.
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