U.N. Chief: Hamas Terror Attack ‘Did Not Happen in a Vacuum’

U.N. Chief: Hamas Terror Attack ‘Did Not Happen in a Vacuum’

October 24, 2023

In a Security Council meeting on Israel and Hamas on Tuesday, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres shifted blame onto Israel for the horrific October 7 Hamas attack in which the terrorists slaughtered more than 1,400 people, including infants, women, and the elderly, declaring, “It is important to also recognize the attacks by Hamas did not happen in a vacuum.”

“The Palestinian people have been subjected to 56 years of suffocating occupation,” he lied. “They have seen their land steadily devoured by settlements and plagued by violence; their economy stifled; their people displaced and their homes demolished. Their hopes for a political solution to their plight have been vanishing.”

Guterres conceded that “the grievances of the Palestinian people cannot justify the appalling attacks by Hamas,” but added that the terror attack “cannot justify the collective punishment of the Palestinian people.”

Israeli envoy to the U.N. Gilad Erdan called Guterres’s remarks “shocking,” “horrible,” and “totally detached from the reality of our region,” according to the report. “His comments… constitute a justification for terrorism and murder. It’s sad that a person with such views is the head of an organization that arose after the Holocaust.”

It is beyond “sad” — siding with Hamas and smearing Israel as genocidal “occupiers” is a grotesque and evil lie.

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