Palestinians losing hope under ‘stifling’ Israeli occupation

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Palestinians losing hope under ‘stifling’ Israeli occupation

Palestinians losing hope under ‘stifling’ Israeli occupation

(New York) – Amid ongoing violence in the Middle East, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has reiterated that he can understand why Palestinians are losing hope in the face of nearly 50 years of Israeli occupation, a statement that has provoked criticism that he was “giving terror a tailwind.”
“Young people especially are losing hope,” he told the opening of the 2016 Session of the UN Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, a day after going before the Security Council to condemn Palestinian attacks against Israeli civilians, highlight growing Palestinian frustration, and call on Israel to change its settlement and other policies.
“They are angered by the stifling policies of the occupation. They are frustrated by the strictures on their daily lives. They watch as Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, expand and expand. They are losing faith in their own leadership to deliver genuine national reconciliation and see the dream of a sovereign, contiguous and independent Palestinian state slip away.
“The people of Palestine have lived through half a century of occupation, and they have heard half a century of statements condemning it. But life hasn’t meaningfully changed. Children have become grandparents. But life hasn’t changed. We issue statements. We express concern. We voice solidarity.
(Courtesy WAM)