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Terror ‘is a question of opinion,’ says UN spokesperson

The search terms ‘terror,’ ‘terrorism’ and ‘terrorist’ collectively produce about 164,000 hits throughout the full U.N. internet site.

By Mike Wagenheim, JNS

No matter if U.N. staff members committed acts of terrorism would be a dilemma of view, Farhan Haq, deputy spokesman for U.N. Secretary-General Antnio Guterres, mentioned at a push briefing on Tuesday in response to a JNS issue.

After Israel charged that 12 staff members of the U.N. Aid and Operates Agency participated in Hamass Oct. 7 massacre, 16 donor countries suspended help to UNRWA. Some have due to the fact resumed funding the U.N.s Palestinian-only support and social companies firm.

Israel has also stated that about 10% of UNRWAs workforce has direct ties to Hamas and other Gazan terror teams. The United Nations has mentioned that it is investigating the allegations.

JNS asked Haq if any other U.N. agency has ever been accused of owning the type of ties to terror that UNRWA is stated to have.

Haq is knowledgeable of diverse allegations of distinctive criminal acts from unique entities in the earlier, he told JNS. He additional that felony acts are what had been actually chatting about in this case, of UNRWA.

JNS asked if any of all those prior legal conditions included terrorism.

Terror is not one thing for which theres any individual definition at the U.N. So I wouldnt, Haq reported. It would be a question of feeling, actually, about what individuals assaults would be.

In the previous, the United Nations and Haqs boss surface to have comprehended some definition of terrorism.

The United Nations has an Office of Counter-Terrorism. On April 17, 2018, Guterres claimed at the 16th conference of the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Centre Advisory Board that As conflicts have grown in depth and selection about the earlier decade, terrorist assaults have enhanced and spread, destabilizing societies and whole locations.

This is why I established the Place of work of Counter-Terrorism, which involves the U.N. Counter-Terrorism Centre, to give strategic management and effective coordination to the U.N. method, he included. No one particular is born a terrorist, and very little justifies terrorism, but we know that variables this kind of as prolonged unresolved conflicts, lack of the rule of law and socioeconomic marginalization can all participate in a purpose in transforming grievances into damaging motion.

The search terms terror, terrorism and terrorist collectively yield about 164,000 hits across the total U.N. web site.

The U.N. secretary-common drew popular criticism, including from Israel, for telling the U.N. Stability Council on Oct. 24 that It is significant to also figure out the attacks by Hamas did not transpire in a vacuum. The Palestinian persons have been subjected to 56 many years of suffocating occupation.

U.N. Security Council Resolution 1556, which passed in 2004, refers to threats to global peace and protection induced by terrorism and the imperative to overcome terrorism in all its varieties and manifestations by all means, in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations and worldwide legislation, amongst nearly two dozen terror references.

As not long ago as Sept. 29, Guterres reiterated the solidarity of the United Nations with the govt and individuals of Pakistan in their attempts to address terrorism and violent extremism, according to his spokesman, Stphane Dujarric.

I condemn the terrorist assaults that took area in Pakistan this Friday. It is abhorrent that these assaults targeted folks all through tranquil, spiritual ceremonies, he wrote that working day on social media. These dependable need to be held to account.

U.N. staffers have been accused of crimes like sexual abuse and exploitation medicines and weapons trafficking and theft and malfeasance. JNS could uncover no proof of prior accusations of intensive ties between any U.N. agency and terror corporations.

Q: Has there ever been any other UN agency accused of owning terror ties, the way that UNRWA is staying accused suitable now?

: Terror is not some thing for which theres any certain definition at the UN. It would be a question of feeling about what all those attacks would be.

— UN View (@UNWatch) March 20, 2024

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