For Real? Ban-Ki Moon Blames Israel, Also Arabs for Nakba Day Riots

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ban-ki-moonA UN report has placed the blame on both Israel and Arabs for the “Nakba Day” riots along the Israeli-Lebanese border, Reuters reported Wednesday.

The UN report claims Israel used force “not commensurate to the threat” when it fired live ammunition during the demonstration.

At the same time, the report notes that the Arab protesters also behaved in a provocative and violent way.

The UN report said that seven people died during the riot. This figure was revised down from eleven people who were initially reported killed.

The report came from UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s office and is based on an investigation carried out by UNIFIL, the United Nation’s force in Lebanon, Reuters said.

UNIFIL’s preliminary findings had said the demonstrators, “in throwing stones and petrol bombs across the Israeli technical fence and the Blue Line … carried out a provocative and violent act that constitutes a violation of resolution 1701.”

Resolution 1701, adopted by the UN Security Council in August 2006 following the Second Lebanon War, called for a full cessation of hostilities between Israel and the Lebanon-based Hizbullah terror group. There has been ample proof, however, that Hizbullah has violated this resolution, but nothing has been done about it by the UN.

UNIFIL also said that the “firing of live ammunition by the Israel Defense Forces across the Blue Line against the demonstrators” also “constituted a violation of resolution 1701 and was not commensurate to the threat to Israeli soldiers.”

Ban’s spokeswoman was quoted by the news agency as having told journalists Ban “stands by his conclusions and observations.”

The UN report calls on Lebanese Armed Forces and Lebanese authorities to “enforce law and order in the area and to prevent any incident on the Blue Line.”

It also calls on Israel to “refrain from responding with live fire in such situations, except where clearly required in immediate self-defense.”

The UN report does not deal with the other major incident that occurred on Nakba Day, when nearly 1,000 Syrian Arabs invaded the Golan Heights and entered the village of Majdal Shams.

Read more at Arutz Sheva.

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5 COMMENTS

  1. “refrain from responding with live fire in such situations, except where clearly required in immediate self-defense.”

    And what is arabs trying to overun the border called? A bar mitzvah celebration?

    I think they should call the moon reprt – well lunacy!

  2. Oddly enough, I agree with Mr. Moon. While obviously the Arabs started the riot, responding with live fire was not a good move. First, the rioters weren’t a military force. Second, the IDF should be used to dealing with rocks and gasoline bombs, and should have a more sophisticated way of dealing with them. Shooting people who aren’t carrying guns themselves is very, very bad policy, besides which it makes martyrs and sets us up on the world stage as callous and trigger-happy, which is exactly what the demonstrators wanted.

    There is tear gas, there are water-cannon, there are (from what I’ve read) other even more sophisticated methods for dealing with demonstrations. Why weren’t they used? And if IDF inteliigence was so great, why weren’t they in place before the demonstrators even showed up? Somebody’s sleeping on the job.

    So the implications of what Mr. Moon are saying are clear – the IDF has to get its act together to deal with more of these demonstrations, because now they’ve been shown to be effective, and will no doubt increase in the future.

  3. Oldtimer, the Arab demonstrators would have been happy to kill an Israeli soldier. “Not commensurate to the threat” is a superficial standard. It depends on the situation. True, perhaps they could have been better prepared, but once they weren’t, what should they have done? Let the violent Arab mob kill them? So it’s really not so simple to implicate the IDF like that.

  4. I KNEW IT.
    ITS MY FAULT AGAIN.
    I always got blamed in school also
    UNTIL I LEARNED TO SPEAK OUT TO ANYONE THAT ACCUSED ME.
    No one accused me anymore after I beat up the bullies around me.
    In fact I was made the leader of the pack.

    yep Mr Bibi, I rememebr when youleft office crying, I pray JEWS DONT CRY NOW FROM YOU STAYING IN OFFICE AFARAID OF THE WORLD APPEASING THE ENEMIES.
    LAST MAN STANDING IS THE VICTOR.

    YEP EHUD BARAK AND OBAMA AND LIVNI AND BIBI.
    YEP. G-D IS WATCHING AND ACCOUNTING FOR YOUR INSULTS TO TORAH….
    Oh I forgot..you guys dont know the history of the nation of ISRAL..
    well heres a cluse..there is no west bank, its Judea and Samerea.
    theres no ARABS CALLED PALISTINIAN ask any roman…
    there is no east Jerusalem..ASK HASHEM

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