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Ban Ki-moon: "History Proves People Will Always Resist Occupation"

HeadlineFeb 01, 2016
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U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has written a strongly worded New York Times op-ed criticizing Israel’s continued occupation of the West Bank and Gaza. This comes amid an increasing public dispute between Ban Ki-moon and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Last week, Ban called Israeli settlements "an affront to the Palestinian people and to the international community." In response, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Ban Ki-moon’s criticism gives "a tailwind to terrorism" and that the "U.N. lost its neutrality and moral force a long time ago." In Ban’s editorial, entitled "Don’t Shoot the Messenger," he accused Netanyahu of twisting his words and wrote: "History proves that people will always resist occupation."

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