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U.N. Chief Shifts Blame to Israel for Hamas Terror Attack

via PBS NewsHour

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres faced criticism for seemingly shifting blame onto Israel for the Hamas attack on October 7, in which over 1,400 people were killed.

Guterres acknowledged the grievances of the Palestinian people but condemned the collective punishment of Palestinians while also stating that the attacks by Hamas cannot be justified.

Israeli envoy to the UN, Gilad Erdan, called Guterres’ remarks shocking and accused him of justifying terrorism.

Guterres said, “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 said, according to a Times of Israel report.

“They have seen their land steadily devoured by settlements and plagued by violence; their economy stifled; their people displaced and their homes demolished,” he continued.

“Their hopes for a political solution to their plight have been vanishing.”

The UN has failed to condemn the Hamas killings and has not supported Israel’s right to self-defense, instead calling for humanitarian pauses in the conflict.

U.N. Gilad Erdan said, “His comments… constitute a justification for terrorism and murder,” Erdan said. “It’s sad that a person with such views is the head of an organization that arose after the Holocaust.”

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