UN Secretary-General: Palestinian violence result of “half a century of occupation”

Ki-moon claims Palestinian violence and terror result of occupation; Netanyahu responds harshly: The UN Secretary General’s remarks give a tailwind to terrorism.

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Prime Minister Netanyahu responded harshly to the United Nation’s General Secretary’s accusations Tuesday that the ongoing wave of Palestinian violence is a result of Israel’s occupation of the Palestinians. Ki-moon claimed that ongoing terror attacks and violence perpetrated by “especially young people” is a result of “half a century of occupation”.

While Ban Ki-moon condemned Palestinian terror and ongoing violence, stating that “Stabbings, vehicle attacks and shootings by Palestinians targeting Israeli civilians, all of which I condemn, and clashes between Palestinians and Israeli security forces, have continued to claim lives,” he proclaimed that “security measures alone will not stop the violence. They cannot address the profound sense of alienation and despair driving some Palestinians – especially young people,” proclaiming that “Palestinian frustration is growing under the weight of a half century of occupation and the paralysis of the peace process.”

Prime Minister Netanyahu responded to the Secretary-General’s accusations stating “The UN Secretary General’s remarks give a tailwind to terrorism. There is no justification for terrorism. The Palestinian murderers do not want to build a state – they want to destroy a state and they say this openly. They want to murder Jews simply because they are Jews and they say this openly. They do not murder for peace and they do not murder for human rights.”

Netanyahu additionally stated that “The UN lost its neutrality and moral force a long time ago and the Secretary General’s remarks do not improve the situation.”

Majority of terror attacks have been carried out by younger Palestinians, Israeli media reporting just early this month on the reasons given by Palestinian youth and young adults for support and carrying out of terror attacks on Israelis. From research conducted, including extensive interviews, Palestinian youth claimed the “threats” on Al-Aqsa (The Dome of the Rock) and Islamic ideology as reason for violence and terror attacks on Israeli citizens.