Thursday, 28 January 2016

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon gives blistering critique of Israel over 'stifling' occupation

Too Little, Too Late? Ban Ki-Moon Keeps The International Pressure Upon Jewish Land-Thieves.
Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday renewed his criticism of Israel's "stifling" occupation of Palestinian territories, a day after similar hard-hitting remarks by the UN Secretary-General angered Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The UN chief made clear that he would not retreat from the broadside he directed at Israel over its expansion of Jewish settlements in the West Bank.
UN diplomats said privately that Ban had upped the pressure on Netanyahu in a final bid to revive hopes for peace before he steps down as secretary-general at the end of the year.
"After nearly 50 years of occupation -- after decades of waiting for the fulfilment of the Oslo promises -- Palestinians are losing hope," Ban told a UN committee on Palestinian rights. Young people especially are losing hope. They are angered by the stifling policies of the occupation."
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