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UN's Lukewarm Response to Terror Against Israel

UN head Ban Ki-moon condemned the attack on Israelis in Bulgaria but didn't call it terror; the Human Rights Council was silent altogether.
By Chana Ya'ar
First Publish: 7/19/2012, 10:56 AM

Burnt Israeli tour buses at Burgas airport
Burnt Israeli tour buses at Burgas airport
Reuters

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon issued a condemnation through his spokesperson of Wednesday's suicide terrorist attack on a tour bus full of young Israelis at an airport in Bulgaria. In addition to the terrorist, six Israelis were killed and 34 others were wounded, including two  in critical condition.

However, despite his claim of condemning the attack “in the strongest possible terms,” Ban's condemnation was striking for what it did not say, noted the watchdog organization “UN Watch.”

"The U.N. Chief's choice of terms was weak in comparison to his statement two weeks ago on the bombing of churches in Kenya,” noted the agency in a statement. “In that case, Mr. Ban rightly spoke of “terrorist” attacks … saying the perpetrators “must be held to account.”

In his condemnation of Wednesday's attack in Bulgaria, however, Ban referred only to the deadly “bombing” of Israelis.

The agency pointed out the glaring omission of the word “terrorism” from Ban's statement, “and he made no call for holding the perpetrators to account.

"UN Watch today urged Mr. Ban to clarify his position and to truly use the strongest possible terms to condemn [the] terrorist attack.”

Meanwhile, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay, who in 2010 rushed to condemn Israel over the Gaza Flotilla incident, has been completely silent.

The 47-nation U.N. Human Rights Council likewise maintained silence, and no condemnations of the terror attack were issued. The council has never launched an investigation into terror attacks targeting Israelis; Israel is  in a  permanent spot on its agenda and at every meeting, the council condemns Israel for a litany of alleged human rights violations.