The Islamic Resistance Movement has condemned the position of the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, with regards to the ongoing Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip. At least 25 Palestinians have been killed by Israel since last Friday. Hamas called Ban's stance on the matter "blatant bias towards the Israeli occupation and a flagrant violation of the United Nations charter".
In a statement issued by the movement's Information Office, Hamas said, "The position of Ban Ki-moon shows his full bias towards the occupation and demonstrates explicit double standards in holding the victim to account while not condemning the criminals who began their murderous aggression and criminal bombing against a peaceful civilian population. This situation is a flagrant violation of the Charter and fundamental laws of the United Nations, which confirm that people living under occupation have the right to defend themselves and resist that occupation."
The movement called upon the UN Secretary General to "review his position of equating a cruel occupation force with the unarmed people living under occupation, and adopt a just position towards the killing and systematic ethnic cleansing and displacement of the Palestinians." Hamas also called upon the Arab League, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, and international human rights and humanitarian organisations "to denounce such a biased position as well as the criminal Israeli occupation".
Earlier on Monday, Ban Ki-moon had said, "The rocket attacks from Gaza against Israeli civilian areas are unacceptable and must stop immediately", even though the Palestinian rockets caused no Israeli casualties and were, in fact, a response to Israeli missiles which killed two men and injured bystanders in Gaza on Friday. Ban told a meeting of the Security Council discussing the changes in the Middle East, "I repeat my call for Israel to exercise maximum restraint".