United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon issued a condemnation through his spokesperson of Wednesday’s suicide terrorist attack on a tour bus full of young Israelis at an airport in Bulgaria. In addition to the terrorist, six Israelis were killed and 34 others were wounded, including two in critical condition.
However, despite his claim of condemning the attack “in the strongest possible terms,” Ban’s condemnation was striking for what it did not say, noted the watchdog organization “UN Watch.”
“The U.N. Chief’s choice of terms was weak in comparison to his statement two weeks ago on the bombing of churches in Kenya,” noted the agency in a statement. “In that case, Mr. Ban rightly spoke of “terrorist” attacks … saying the perpetrators “must be held to account.”
In his condemnation of Wednesday’s attack in Bulgaria, however, Ban referred only to the deadly “bombing” of Israelis.
“UN Watch today urged Mr. Ban to clarify his position and to truly use the strongest possible terms to condemn [the] terrorist attack.”
Meanwhile, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay, who in 2010 rushed to condemn Israel over the Gaza Flotilla incident, has been completely silent.
The 47-nation U.N. Human Rights Council likewise maintained silence, and no condemnations of the terror attack were issued. The council has never launched an investigation into terror attacks targeting Israelis; it annually condemns Israel for a litany of alleged human rights violations.
From the UN website
New York/Beijing, 18 July 2012 – Statement Attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on the attack in Bulgaria:
The Secretary-General condemns in the strongest possible terms today’s deadly bombing attack on a bus carrying Israeli tourists outside of the Burgas airport in Bulgaria. The explosion reportedly killed at least seven and injured more than 30 people, some critically. The Secretary-General expresses his condolences to the victims and their families, to the Governments and people of Bulgaria and Israel.
New York, July 3, 2012 – Statement Attributable to the Spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General on the attacks in Kenya:
The Secretary-General strongly condemns the terrorist attacks carried out yesterday on two churches in the Kenyan town of Garissa which have resulted in the deaths of at least 17 people and wounded many more. These attacks, which deliberately targeted places of worship, are reprehensible and criminal.
No cause can justify the indiscriminate targeting of civilians. The perpetrators of these attacks, and of other recent terrorist acts in Kenya, must be held to account.
The Secretary-General extends his condolences to the families of the victims and to the Government and people of Kenya.