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UN Secretary General Ban and Israel blasts each other, pressure mount on Jerusalem

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(New York-AlummahWorld, Rabi`II 18, 1437, January 28, 2016) In his final year as the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon harshly criticized Israel for stifling occupation of Palestinian territories while Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blasts on UN Secretary General accusing him as "encouraging terror.

Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday renewed his criticism of Israel’s “stifling” occupation of Palestinian territories. The U.N. Secretary General made clear that he would not retreat from the comments he directed at Israel over its expansion of Jewish settlements in the West Bank.

“After nearly 50 years of occupation - after decades of waiting for the fulfilment of the Oslo promises - Palestinians are losing hope,” Ban told a U.N. committee on Palestinian rights.

“Young people especially are losing hope. They are angered by the stifling policies of the occupation.” Ban said.

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Criticism at Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories and daily killing of Palestinians by Israeli forces is mounting as severe human right violations by the state of Israel has been questioned by many countries and leaders.

The U.N. Secretary General called for a return to negotiations, saying it was the “one and only path to a just and lasting solution - an end to the occupation that began in 1967” and a Palestinian state.

“You can count on me to continue to speak up and speak out - to push and to prod - to do all in my power to achieve long-overdue Israeli-Palestinian peace,” he said.

Ban said Palestinians had heard “half a century of statements” condemning Israel’s occupation, but that their lives had not improved.

“We issue statements. We express concern. We voice solidarity. But life hasn’t changed. And some Palestinians wonder: Is this all meant to simply run out the clock?

“They ask: Are we meant to watch as the world endlessly debates how to divide land while it disappears before our very eyes?”

The U.N. chief’s sharp criticism of Israel came amid ongoing Israeli-Palestinian violence and recent Israeli decisions to build new Jewish settlements in the West Bank.
The United Nations has branded Israeli settlement expansions illegal, arguing that they are an attempt to undermine plans for a Palestinian state by absorbing land earmarked for the new country.

On the other hand, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Tuesday accused the U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon of "encouraging terror". Earlier, Ban Ki-moon spoke of Palestinian frustration at Israel's occupation and said it was natural to resist.

"The comments of the U.N. Secretary General encourage terror," Netanyahu who often speak like an international policeman, said in a statement. "There is no justification for terror."

Ban told the U.N. Security Council of the "profound sense of alienation and despair driving some Palestinians – especially young people" in the upsurge of attacks on Israelis since the start of October.

"Palestinian frustration is growing under the weight of a half century of occupation and the paralysis of the peace process," he said.

"Continued settlement activities are an affront to the Palestinian people and to the international community," he said.

"They rightly raise fundamental questions about Israel's commitment to a two-state solution."

Netanyahu responded that the Palestinians themselves were not working for two states. "The Palestinian murderers do not want to build a state, they want to destroy a state and they say it out loud," he said.

Notably about 400,000 Israeli settlers live alongside around 2.5 million Palestinians in the occupied West Bank.

The United States, United Nations and the European Union oppose all Israeli settlement building, and consider it an obstacle to peace.

Ilegal settlements on occupied Palestinian lands by Israel raising violence within occupied territories and uncertainty among Palestinian. Israel is accused of violating international laws and peace agreements with Palestinians.

Recently Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom called for an investigation to determine whether Israel was guilty of extrajudicial killings of Palestinians during recent violence in occupied territories.

With UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon statements and harsh questioning by Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom calling for an investigation to determine whether Israel was guilty of extrajudicial killings of Palestinians during recent violence in occupied Palestinians territories, international pressure mounting on Jerusalem.