The London Guardian reports:
António Guterres, the UN secretary general, was locked in a bitter row with Israel on Wednesday, saying he was shocked that the Israeli government had misrepresented remarks he had made to the UN to suggest he had justified the Hamas attacks on Israel on 7 October.So what did Guterres do? He issued bland statement against war, mostly pro-Israel.
Israel has called for his resignation, accusing him of a blood libel and announcing that it was withdrawing travel visas for UN officials, including the UN humanitarian coordinator, Martin Griffiths.
The personal tensions between Guterres and Israeli officials comes as UNRWA, the UN humanitarian agency for Palestinian refugees, warned that it was hours away from being forced to close its operations in Gaza, including the provision of hospital care, due to Israel’s blockade on fuel. Israel also vowed to stop UN officials coming to Israel in a bid to teach the UN a lesson.
Guterres had told the UN security council on Tuesday: “It is important to also recognise the attacks by Hamas did not happen in a vacuum. The Palestinian people have been subjected to 56 years of suffocating occupation.”It is bizarre that Jews talk about blood libel so much. There must be some truth to it, or they would not talk about it. But Christians do not blame Jews for things that happened a millennium ago. Christians do not even believe in collective guilt.
In his statement on Wednesday, Guterres pointed out that in his speech he had stated: “But the grievances of the Palestinian people cannot justify the appalling attacks by Hamas. And those appalling attacks cannot justify the collective punishment of the Palestinian people.”
Update: The Israel ground invasion of Gaza has reportedly begun. I am not sure why Israel is doing this, as it has reported already destroyed about third of the homes in Gaza, and cut off power, water, and internet.
Here is an amusing Fact Sheet on the Elements of Anti-Semitic Discourse. It is a summary of what Jews consider to be anti-semitic, according to "an independent, unaffiliated, nonprofit corporation established to advance the civil and human rights of the Jewish people and promote justice for all." And here is the opinion of a prominent Israeli:
In an agonizing irony, Hamas and its supporters have succeeded where the Jews have long failed. Incontestably now, anti-Zionism is antisemitism. Hatred of the Jewish nation-state cannot be distinguished from hatred of the Jewish people. The war between Hamas and Israel, involving the largest and cruelest loss of Jewish life since the Holocaust, is a war against Jews everywhere. To paraphrase Holocaust historian Lucy Dawidowicz, this is the second war against the Jews.