UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said yesterday that the Palestinian react to the Israeli occupation is “natural” and that it is a result of their "frustration", the Anadolu Agency reported.
While speaking to the UN Security Council, Ban asserted that "it is human nature to react to occupation, which often serves as a potent incubator of hate and extremism."
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He continued: “Palestinian frustration is growing under the weight of a half century of occupation and the paralysis of the peace process.”
"Sadly, 2016 has begun much like 2015 ended – with unacceptable levels of violence and a polarised public discourse across the spectrum in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory.”
Ban continued: "Stabbings, vehicle attacks and shootings by Palestinians targeting Israeli civilians – all of which I condemn — and clashes between Palestinians and Israeli security forces, have continued to claim lives."
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“Security measures alone will not stop the violence. They cannot address the profound sense of alienation and despair driving some Palestinians – especially young people."
To deter violence, he suggested practicing legal punishment for criminals from either side – Israelis and Palestinians – calling for "the full force of law to be brought to bear on all those committing crimes – with a system of justice applied equally for Israelis and Palestinians alike."
"So-called facts on the ground in the occupied West Bank are steadily chipping away the viability of a Palestinian state and the ability of Palestinian people to live in dignity."