The Anti-Defamation League on Monday critisized UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, accusing him of a "stunning lack of objectivity" in comments he made while on his current trip to Egypt, Israel and the Palestinian territotries.
After Ban said that the root causes of the recent hostilities in Gaza were "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,” ADL National Director Abe Foxman attacked him of failing in his role as an unbiased observer.
“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.” Foxman said. “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.”