Ban Ki-moon and irresponsible rhetoric
By Ted Belman
WaPo titles article UN urges halt to ugly Israeli-Palestinian rhetoric
UNITED NATIONS — Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called Friday for a halt to “irresponsible rhetoric” that questions a two-state Israeli-Palestinian solution and incites hatred and violence.[..]
Ban said the Palestinians have the right to an independent state, Israel has a right to live in peace within secure borders, and a way must be found for Jerusalem to emerge as the capital of the two states “with arrangements for the holy sites acceptable to all.”
“There is no place for irresponsible rhetoric that calls into question these fundamentals, seeks to delegitimize the other’s heritage or incites hatred and violence,” he told the opening meeting of the U.N.
Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People.
If only he was referring to the Palestinian rhetoric or UN rhetoric for that matter. Besides what is not irresponsible is not calling for a two state solution, the opposite of his position.
According to JPOST, In this same meeting he said to a GA committee
“Settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory are illegal under international law, contravene the Road Map obligations of Israel, undermine confidence, prejudge the outcome of the permanent status negotiations and hamper efforts at bringing the parties back to the negotiating table”.
He sure doesn’t hold back. Aside from being wrong on all counts, he totally ignores the Palestinian culpability for the breakdown of talks. After all, it’s the Palestinians who refuse to negotiate, refuse to recognize Israel, and refuse to compromise.
JPOST continues by advising that he condemns
“the continuation of settlement activities by Israel, the occupying Power, in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem,” as well as “all other measures aimed at altering the demographic composition, character and status of the Territory, in violation of international humanitarian law and relevant resolutions.”condemning Israel’s settlement activity and demanding it “immediately and completely” cease all settlement activities “in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem.”
Look at all the buzz words; “occupying Power” and “Occupied Palestinian Territory”, This is the language of the Fourth Geneva Convention which I assert doesn’t apply. And what makes it “Palestinian Territory”. It has never been “Palestinian Territory”. Talk about prejudging the outcome. As for allegedly “altering the demographic composition, character and status” etc, there is no such proscription in the FGC or any where else. And the resolutions he is referring to are the resolutions of the GA which are not binding. Finally there is no such place as East Jerusalem. There is only Jerusalem or eastern Jerusalem.
The UN takes every opportunity to reinforce the Palestinian propaganda machine. No lie is too big. Just tell it often enough. Goebbels would be proud. So just who is using irresponsible rhetoric.
Yet he says no one should question his fundamentals.