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UN: Ban Ki-moon Did Not Mean to Retract Statement on Anti-Israel Bias

UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East peace process Robert Serry attempted to clarify Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s seemingly conflicting statements regarding anti-Israel bias at the world body, stating that Ban did not retract his original statement confirming the existence of that bias.

On Aug. 16, Ban told university students at the UN headquarters in Jerusalem, “Unfortunately, because of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Israel has been weighed down by criticism and suffered from bias and sometimes even discrimination.”

But when later pressed by reporters in New York about his statements regarding UN discrimination against Israel, Ban answered, “No, I don’t think there is discrimination against Israel at the United Nations. The Israeli government in fact, you know, raised this issue that [there is] some bias against Israel.”

In an interview on Israel Radio on Sunday, however, Serry said that Ban meant what he originally said.

“I’ve been in touch with the Secretary-General’s office in New York, and I can assure you that what he said there in New York was not meant as a retraction,” Serry said on Israel Radio.

“[Ban] has said, unfortunately, because of the conflict, Israel has been weighed down by criticism, and suffered from lies and sometimes even discrimination,” Serry added. “This is what I know he has been saying here, and I know this is what he stands for.”

The American Jewish Committee (AJC) welcomed Serry’s clarification of Ban’s comments.

“We are pleased that Mr. Serry has reiterated the Secretary-General’s belief that Israel is not treated fairly, and does indeed suffer from ‘lies’ and ‘discrimination’ in the world body,” AJC Executive Director David Harris said in a statement.

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5 Responses to “UN: Ban Ki-moon Did Not Mean to Retract Statement on Anti-Israel Bias”

  1. Nathan Katz says:

    Retraction of a retraction, eh? I guess doublespeak is the lingua franca of the UN.

  2. Nathan Katz says:

    Retraction of a retraction, eh? I guess doublespeak is the lingua franca of the UN.

  3. This is a good first step, You can't solve a problem if you don't acknowledge there is one. The next question is what is being done about it. As secretary general, Ban ki Moon has enough authority to correct prejudice. In order to do this Ban ki Moon will have to have courage and fortitude to stand up to the pressure that he would face. It's never easy to make positive change. Recently, I watched a video of Patrick Moynihan making a speech about a 1975 U.N. resolution labeling Zionism the same as racism. Clearly, he was in the minority and exposed himself to ridicule. But, that didn't matter because Moynihan was strong in his convictions. Just think how much better the world would be if more people conducted themselves like this.

  4. Ben II says:

    this dummy Moon needs to make his mind up.

  5. Marc S Weintraub says:

    Ben II, you mean the UN bureaucracy has to make up it for him. Given how often he zigs and zags, I suspect his handlers find him quite the challenge.

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