Open letter to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon
By Angie Tibbs
9 February 2009
Dear Mr Secretary-General,
Angie Tibbs asks UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon http://www.un.org/sg/Ã‚Â to explain the double standards that allow him to condemn the Palestinians’ legally-enshrined right to self-defence while delivering a mild slap on the wrist to Israel for its war crimes in Gaza.
The United Nations, the world’s preeminent law-making body, together with its Charter, provides the basis for laws and principles; therefore, people of conscience everywhere look to the UN with hope for upholding its Charter and its pledge to end the scourge of war.Ã‚Â As the secretary-general, you, sir, are expected to at least speak words that honour this Charter and its principles.
However, while people of good conscience world-wide are expressing revulsion at Israel’s terrorist attack on the defenceless in Gaza, you are already seeking to minimize war crimes of monumental proportions while echoing the disinformation of Israel and its supporters.
For instance, on 16 January 2009 the headlines read http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=29567&Cr=gaza : “Ban urges unilateral ceasefire in Gaza conflict; meets with Palestine leaders”.
You did not meet with “Palestinian leaders”, sir. Palestinian leaders are either detained in Israeli or West Bank prisons, murdered by Israeli assassins, or in Gaza, where the world, in its sick attempts to placate Israel, refused to allow them to govern the people who elected them.
You met with traitors, the Palestinian Authority, whose party, Fatah, decisively lost the January 2006 election, yet they refused to go quietly or to work with the people’s representatives. And here you are giving credence to Judas Abbas and his sick collusion with the killers of the Palestinian people, declaring with unbridled audacity, that you “underscore your full support for President Abbas’s leadership”.