ADL: U.N. Chief Shows “Stunning Lack of Objectivity” On Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

New York, NY, October 13, 2014 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today expressed deep dismay at the U.N. Secretary General’s “stunning lack of objectivity” in his recent remarks in Ramallah and Jerusalem, and earlier in Cairo, on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Speaking in the West Bank with Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, and in Jerusalem with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu -- one day after a Cairo conference at which international donors pledged $5.4 billion for rebuilding Gaza -- Secretary General Ban Ki-moon again leveled one-sided strong criticism against Israel while failing to condemn any Palestinian violence or terrorism.

“The Secretary General showed a stunning lack of objectivity on the issues surrounding the reasons for the recent violence in Gaza and inexplicable silence when it came to the Palestinian policies and actions which brought us to this point in the first place,” said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. “Mr. Ban’s failure to publicly call on Palestinians to reject violence, recognize Israel’s right to exist and avoid actions which might undermine the hope for reconciliation sends precisely the wrong message. It encourages Palestinian unilateral steps and conveys to Hamas there are no consequences for its murderous terrorism.”

In a letter to Mr. Ban, ADL called his silence on specific Palestinian actions and policies troubling.  The League also voiced concern about Mr. Ban’s failure to take a definitive stance against the Palestinians’ intentions of joining the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

The Secretary General consistently places the onus on Israel. During his remarks at the donor conference in Cairo, Mr. Ban said: “We must not lose sight of the root causes of the recent hostilities: a restrictive occupation that has lasted almost half a century, the continued denial of Palestinian rights and the lack of tangible progress in peace negotiations.”

“Such a one-sided characterization of the ‘root causes’ undermines the Secretary General’s credibility as an unbiased observer,” said Mr. Foxman.

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