The United Nations’ Ban Ki Moon Exposes Israeli Civilians

Five years ago, in March 2011, the world was a very violent place. The Secretary-General of the United Nations often spoke at length about the responsibility to protect civilians from violence. In some places.

When it came to Israel, after two Palestinian Arab men slaughtered five people in their beds while they slept, Ban Ki Moon uttered few words, and rather than demand better protection for civilians, he argued that the government should “act with restraint.”

Just four days before the massacre in Itamar, Secretary General Ban Ki Moon said the following: “The Palestinian Authority continues to make progress in institution-building and the delivery of public services, which leaves it well-positioned for the establishment of a State at any point in the near future. Israelis should be comforted by the emergence of a reliable partner and neighbour committed to Israel’s right to live in peace and security, opposed to violence and terrorism, and able to deliver on the ground.”

More ignorant words may never have been spoken.

If the UN Secretary General was so impressed with the PA as a partner, why does he never call out the Palestinian Authority to stop inciting violence and protect people?  As seen below, he is comfortable calling on other ruling authorities to protect civilians.  Except Israel.

Quotes from Ban Ki Moon in March 2011

On Israel, March 12, 2011 (38 words): “The Secretary-General condemns last night’s shocking murder of an Israeli family of five, including three children, in a West Bank settlement. He calls for the perpetrators to be brought to justice, and for all to act with restraint.”

  • There was no call for ensuring the protection of innocent civilians.
  • There was no calling out of the Palestinian Authority for incitement.
  • There was no call to contain Palestinian extremists to prevent the further loss of life.

That would only happen for other countries, where he would wax on about the obligation to protect civilians:

On Sudan, March 14, 2011 (161 words): ” He calls upon the leadership of the National Congress Party (NCP) and Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) to restrain the local communities in Abyei and to implement the short-term containment measures…”

On Libya, March 17, 2011 (208 words): “Resolution 1973 affirms, clearly and unequivocally, the international community’s determination to fulfil its responsibility to protect civilians from violence perpetrated upon them by their own government. The Resolution authorizes the use of all necessary measures, including a no-fly zone to prevent further casualties and loss of innocent lives

On Syria, March 18, 2011 (104 words): “The use of lethal force against peaceful demonstrators and their arbitrary arrests are unacceptable

On Yemen, March 18, 2011 (111 words): ”  He reiterates his call for utmost restraint and reminds the Government of Yemen that it has an obligation to protect civilians. He calls on all to desist from any provocative acts that might lead to further violence..”

On Libya, March 23, 2011 (64 words): “…he reiterates his call for an immediate end to violence by all parties, in accordance with Security Council resolutions 1970 and 1973, and for the responsibility to protect civilians.

On Syria, March 23, 2011 (101 words): “He reminds the Syrian Government of its obligation to protect civilians

On Ivory Coast, March 31, 2011 (175 words): “He urges all parties to abide by their responsibility to avoid harm to the civilian population. It is essential that all parties cooperate with the United Nations Mission in Côte d’Ivoire in carrying out its mandate to protect civilians. The Secretary-General reiterates that those responsible for inciting, orchestrating or committing human rights violations will be held accountable under international law.

Ban Ki Moon
UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon

The UN Secretary General believes governments in the region should protect civilians, but Israel should rely on the Palestinian Authority for its security.  In March 2011, a family was butchered in their beds.

Five years later, Ban Ki Moon continues the same pattern of not calling out the Palestinian Authority – which he still claims is a “reliable partner and neighbor” for Israel’s security – for inciting murder.  He excuses them with words that the Palestinians are “frustrated.”  He absolves their sins with silence.

Five years on, innocent civilians continue to be killed in the streets of Israel, and Ban Ki Moon continues to deny that Israel has the right and responsibility to protect its citizens.

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UN Comments on the Murder of Innocents: Itamar and Duma

The Middle East is unfortunately no stranger to attacks on innocent people. In July 2015, an arson attack on the home of Palestinian Arabs in the town of Duma killed an 18-month old baby. Just 15 miles away, in the town of Itamar, two Palestinian Arabs stabbed to death five members of a Jewish family in their beds in March 2011.

The taking of innocent lives is a terrible thing. It is also sad to watch completely different reactions from world bodies to the two events. Here is the UN news release of the 2011 deliberate murders of five Israeli Jews and the news release of July 2015 on the arson attack that claimed one Palestinian Arab. A short comparison:

Deliberate Murder of 5 Israeli Jews Arson Attack which Claimed Life of 1 Palestinian Arab
Words in article 220 422
Attack called “terrorism” None Three times
Blame placed Not placed on Arabs or Muslims Placed on “Jewish extremists
Other Attacks Mentioned No mention of repeated attacks by Palestinians on Israelis Discussed “repeated acts of settler violence
Comment on leadership Welcomes the strong condemnation… by President Abbas No welcome of condemnation by Netanyahu. Blamed Netanyahu for variety of items including demolishing Palestinian homes and settlement policy.
Cause for Attack Not discussed Blamed on “Israel’s illegal settlement policy


The continued disproportionate attacks by the United Nations on only one party in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict will marginalize the UN as a factor in arriving at a long-term solution in the region.

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon
(photo: AP/Gary Cameron)


Text of UN March 2011: “12 March 2011 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the United Nations diplomatic partners in the search for peace in the Middle East today condemned the shocking murder of an Israeli family of five, including three children, in a West Bank settlement overnight and called for the prosecution of the perpetrators of the crime.

Mr. Ban also urged all concerned to act with restraint.

The diplomatic Quartet of the UN, European Union, Russia and United States, which seeks a two-State solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, condemned the killings “in the strongest possible terms.”

“The Quartet offers their condolences to the loved ones of the victims and to the Israeli people. Attacks on any civilians are completely unacceptable in any circumstance,” the Quartet said in a statement.

“The Quartet calls on those responsible to be brought to justice and welcomes the strong condemnation of this attack by [Palestinian] President [Mahmoud] Abbas and the Palestinian leadership.”

It stressed the need to expedite efforts to achieve Israeli-Palestinian and comprehensive Arab-Israeli peace.

Media reports said the killings occurred in the settlement of Itamar, near the city of near Nablus. The victims were reportedly stabbed to death by an intruder who broke into their home.

The Israeli army radio said the killer had spared two other children, and that the murder was discovered by another one when she came home.”

Text of UN July 2015: “31 July 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the UN special envoy on the Middle East have strongly condemned today’s arson attack in the West Bank that killed a Palestinian child and left the child’s parents severely injured.

The Secretary-General strongly condemns today’s murder of a Palestinian child in the West Bank and calls for the perpetrators of this terrorist act to be promptly brought to justice,” reads a statement issued by his spokesperson in New York.

Continued failures to effectively address impunity for repeated acts of settler violence have led to another horrific incident involving the death of an innocent life, adds the statement. “This must end.”

The absence of a political process and Israel’s illegal settlement policy, as well as the harsh and unnecessary practice of demolishing Palestinian houses, have given rise to violent extremism on both sides, the statement continues.

“This [situation] presents a further threat to the legitimate aspirations of the Palestinian people for statehood, as well as to the security of the people of Israel. The Secretary-General urges both sides to take bold steps to return to the path of peace.”

Mr. Ban reiterates his call on all parties to ensure that tensions do not escalate further, leading to more loss of life, the statement concludes.

Earlier today, the United Nations special envoy on the Middle East today expressed his outrage over what he called a “heinous murder” and a “terrorist crime.”

“I am outraged by today’s vicious arson attack by suspected Jewish extremists in the Occupied West Bank village of Duma, near Nablus, which killed Palestinian toddler Ali, critically injured his mother and father, and injured his four-year old sibling,” the Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nickolay Mladenov, said.

Joining in the “strong condemnations” issued by Israeli and Palestinian Governments and political leaders, the Special Coordinator also called for a “full and prompt investigation” to bring the perpetrators to justice.

“This heinous murder was carried out for a political objective. We must not permit such acts to allow hate and violence to bring more personal tragedies and to bury any prospect of peace. This reinforces the need for an immediate resolution of the conflict and an end to the occupation.”

Later today, the Security Council issued a statement to the press, condemning “in the strongest terms” the “vicious terrorist attack,” and underlining the need to bring the perpetrators of this “deplorable act” to justice.

Council members encouraged all sides to work to lower tension, reject violence, avoid all provocations, and seek a path toward peace.”

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