When Palestinian national poet Mahmoud Darwish died, the UN put out a statement mourning his loss.
One of the more controversial Darwish passages reads, "But if I become hungry, the usurper's flesh will be my food." So today at the noon briefing, a pro-Israeli reporter demanded an explanation for whether the UN supports cannibalism.
In response, the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, Farhan Haq, was compelled to announce that, no, the UN does not support cannibalism, but does appreciate good poetry. Furthermore, according to Haq, the UN recognizes a difference between metaphorical and literal interpretations. (English majors rejoice.)
Glad we have that all cleared up.