Israel Halts UN Visas: What do you do if someone attempts to justify an attack on your own home? You would either ignore that chap, or if he/she continues to pester, then you would ensure that the person gets the lesson of a lifetime!
Well, Israel went a step further and announced an open boycott of the United Nations, denying any member of the organization a visa to Israel until they publicly apologize for attempting to justify the terror attacks on Israel.
During a UN Security Council meeting on the Israel-Hamas war, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres tried to contextualize the Hamas terror attack by saying, “it is important to also recognize the attacks by Hamas did not happen in a vacuum.” That’s like The New York Times attempting to justify how India invited the carnage that followed the Partition, or how Hindu nationalism was responsible for the attacks of 26/11.
Preposterous and unacceptable at the very least!
Gilad Erdan, the country’s representative to the organization, called the statements “shocking” and insisted that the secretary-general step down. A meeting between Guterres and Foreign Minister Eli Cohen, who is visiting the US, was also called off, and former Minister of Defense Benny Gantz called the UN chief a “terror apologist.”
Israel has now refused to grant visas to UN officials in light of the development. Erdan said that the time has come to teach them a lesson, adding that one UN top official was already denied a visa to visit Israel as retaliation for the comments of Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. “Due to his remarks, we will refuse to issue visas to UN representatives. We have already refused a visa for Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Martin Griffiths. The time has come to teach them a lesson,” highlighted the UN Ambassador.
However, this is not the only step taken against anyone trying to glorify the horrific deeds of Hamas. Harvard University is already having a tough time, thanks to their students’ attempts at justifying the terror attacks.
In fact, Greta Thunberg, the self-declared eco warrior, almost celebrated the attacks, thanks to which Israel has issued a decree to remove any positive reference about this person in their school textbooks.
The foreign minister of Israel announced on X (formerly Twitter) that he was postponing a scheduled meeting with Antonio Guterres. He had flown to New York to participate in the meetings regarding the present dispute. “There is no place for an even-handed approach. Hamas needs to be wiped off the face of the earth,” he wrote after the horrific events of 7 October.
Israel’s response to attempts to justify terror attacks is resolute and unapologetic. It’s a stance that emphasizes the gravity of such justifications and the importance of holding those who endorse or excuse acts of terror accountable.
The core issue at hand is the attempt to rationalize violence and terror, something that is understandably intolerable for a nation that has faced ongoing security threats. By refusing visas to UN officials, Israel sends a clear message that it will not tolerate the normalization or justification of terrorism in any form.
Even beyond the realm of international diplomacy, Israel is taking action to counter any efforts to legitimize terror. Institutions like Harvard University and individuals like Greta Thunberg, who have seemingly sympathized with or downplayed the severity of such attacks, face consequences in the form of academic decisions and public opinion.
The response is not just about defending a nation’s security; it’s about upholding the moral principles that should underpin discussions about conflict and violence. Israel’s actions highlight the importance of maintaining a firm stance against attempts to justify or glorify terror, regardless of the context or the individuals involved.
Israel’s decision to deny visas to UN officials in response to their horrific attempts to justify terror attacks underscores the nation’s unwavering commitment to its security and the principles of condemning violence. It serves as a stark reminder that justifying or excusing acts of terror will not be tolerated on the international stage, and there are consequences for those who attempt to do so. Israel’s message is clear: the legitimacy of violence is not up for debate.
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