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Friday, May 16, 2008

Israel protests Ban Ki-Moon remarks on 'naqba'

At his daily press briefing on Thursday, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon discussed the 'Palestinians' observation of the 'naqba.'

* The Secretary-General today called Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on the occasion of the Palestinian commemoration of the Nakba, to underline his support for the Palestinian people.

* The Secretary-General reiterated his support for the peace process, the establishment of a sovereign, viable, independent Palestinian state in accordance with UN resolutions and international law, and the achievement of a two-state solution in the Middle East.

* Asked whether the Secretary-General had also called Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on the 60th anniversary of the founding of Israel, the Spokeswoman recalled that he had spoken by phone with Prime Minister Olmert a week earlier.
Israel Radio reported earlier this evening that Israel's ambassador to the UN Danny Gillerman protested Moon's remarks, saying that to even use the term 'naqba' is meant to question Israel's legitimacy and perpetuates a false history and the term 'naqba' should not be part of the UN's lexicon.


Moon had a lot more to say last week in 'honor' of Israel's Independence Day.
United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon, said yesterday that it is unacceptable that the problem of Palestinian refugees remain unsolved.

During an inauguration ceremony of photo exhibition, marking the 60th anniversary of the Palestinian people's catastrophe (NAKBA) at the United Nations headquarters in New York, Ki-Moon added that he was impressed deeply of the situation of Palestinian refugees, especially children, when he visited the occupied Palestinian territories last year.

Palestine's permanent observer to the UN, Mansour Mansour, maintained that the question of Palestine has multiple dimensions, including political, legal, historical, regional, humanitarian, religious and security.

" the humanitarian perspective of the question is the most neglected part , particularly during discussions. The images of refugee children are a reminder of the Palestinian people's disaster, which involves displacement and deprivation of human rights and the right to self-determination", Mansour explained.

He criticized what he described the 'Israeli policy of collective punishment' against the Palestinian people in Gaza for the past 11 months, calling on the international community to intervene immediately for ending the suffering of Palestinians, especially in the Gaza Strip.


At 7:56 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

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At 7:57 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

Never forget. The UN will never be a friend of Israel. Its time for the Jewish people to recall that when Ban Ki Moon puts the "naqba" on the same plane as Israel's founding, its a perversion of history. There would never have been a Palestinian problem if the Palestinians had accepted the UN decision in 1947. And the entire subsequent history of the conflict, to put it on the historical record, is not one for which Israel is at fault. Period.

At 12:18 PM, Blogger Ashan said...

The big questions, which Israel and the US should put to the UN, are:
Why are there refugee camps after 60 years, when for all other peoples who have been displaced, refugee status is only for 2 years?

Why does the UN perpetuate the myth of "Palestinian" refugees?

Why does the UN consider subsequent generations (those born after '48) to also be refugees? This is not the case with any other people with refugee status.

Why does UNRWA still exist, and why is it, itself, involved in supporting "Palestinian" terror?

Why are there "refugee camps" in "Palestinian"-controlled areas?

Until these questions are adequately addressed, there's absolutely no point in giving the UN any respect at all. They are just a terrorist tool.

At 6:20 AM, Blogger YITZI said...

why is everybody interested in Palestine? The Muslims only want a Palestine if Israel is gone!



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