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Middle East

120 countries at UN condemn Israel over Gaza violence

By AFP 14/6/2018
Turkey's Ambassador to the United Nations Feridun Sinirlioglu speaks to the General Assembly before a vote, to deplore Israeli actions in Occupied East Jerusalem and the rest of the Occupied Palestinian Territory, in the General Assembly June 13, 2018 in New York.  Photo: Don Emmert | AFP
Turkey's Ambassador to the United Nations Feridun Sinirlioglu speaks to the General Assembly before a vote, to deplore Israeli actions in Occupied East Jerusalem and the rest of the Occupied Palestinian Territory, in the General Assembly June 13, 2018 in New York. Photo: Don Emmert | AFP
by Carole Landry

UNITED NATIONS, New York — The UN General Assembly on Wednesday adopted by a strong majority of 120 countries an Arab-backed resolution condemning Israel for Palestinian deaths in Gaza and rejected a US bid to blame Hamas for the violence.

The resolution deplores Israel's use of "excessive, disproportionate and indiscriminate force" against Palestinian civilians and calls for protection measures for Palestinians in Gaza and the occupied West Bank.

At least 129 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire during protests near the border with Gaza that began at the end of March. No Israelis have died.

Presented by Algeria and Turkey on behalf of Arab and Muslim countries, the measure won a decisive 120 votes in the 193-member assembly, with 8 votes against and 45 abstentions.

US Ambassador Nikki Haley dismissed the resolution as "one-sided" and accused Arab countries of trying to score political points at home by seeking to condemn Israel at the United Nations.

"For some, attacking Israel is their favorite political sport. That's why we are here today," Haley told the assembly.

An amendment presented by the United States that condemned Hamas for "inciting violence" along the border with Gaza failed to garner the two-third majority needed for adoption.

Arab countries backing the measure turned to the General Assembly after the United States used its veto in the Security Council to block the resolution on June 1.

Unlike the Security Council, resolutions adopted by the assembly are non-binding and there is no veto.

UN chief to propose protection

The resolution tasks UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres with the drafting of proposals for an "international protection mechanism" for the Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank.

These could range from setting up an observer mission to a full-blown peacekeeping force, but action on any option would require backing from the Security Council, where the United States has veto power.

"We are asking for a simple thing," Palestinian Ambassador Riyad Mansour told the assembly. "We want our civilian population to be protected."

Turkey's Ambassador Feridun Hadi Sinirlioglu defended the resolution, saying it was "about taking sides with international law" and showing the Palestinians that the world "does care about their suffering."

Taking the podium, Israeli Ambassador Danny Danon assailed the measure as an "attempt to take away our basic right to self-defense." He warned ambassadors that by supporting the resolution "you are empowering Hamas."

France was among 12 EU countries that backed the resolution, but Britain abstained along with Italy, Poland and 13 other EU member-states. Russia and China voted in favor.

Australia, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, the Solomon Islands and Togo joined the United States and Israel in voting against the resolution.

The US amendment condemning Hamas received 62 votes in favor, with 58 against and 42 abstentions. The United States sought to challenge the ruling requiring a two-thirds majority for approval but that was defeated in a separate vote.

"We had more countries on the right side than the wrong side," Haley said in a statement,

The General Assembly last held a similarly contentious vote on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in December, when it rejected President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and move the US embassy there.

Haley had warned at the time that Washington was "taking names" of countries that supported the resolution. That vote was 128 to 9, with 35 abstentions.

Backed by Arab countries, the Palestinians had lobbied to win as many votes on the Gaza resolution as those cast in support of the measure condemning the US decision on Jerusalem.

Israel and Hamas have fought three wars in Gaza and the United Nations has warned that a fourth conflict could be easily ignited.

Comments

 
Mohamedzzz | 16/6/2018
Israel doesn't care what the world say, they preach law to others but they act outside of the law, they abide by law if it favours their interest.
moham28 | 25/6/2018
UN is in majority muslim countries, they hate jew jews and israel even before the UN born, if was happening in siria in iran or in turkey, they were killing all of them,... a state have the right to defend his borders, God Bless israel!
Ruby | 29/6/2018
It is never to late to let Israel float on its own and that the world takes measures against it. A total boycot and all the help in the world to the Palestinians. Prefereably, even better, dont let zionists in to Capitol Hill and americans take your country back before its too late. Israel violated every resolution applicable, received a trillion dollars after WW2 for compensation and see where they are... All for a bigger Israel... i mean in size and population. Meanwhile sucking the life out of the USA.
FifiMaupa_Germany | 6/7/2018
Please let the Israeli government just disappear in their salty Sea. Hope next generations will do better. Again its not the People, its the criminal Establishment.
Andrew | 7/7/2018
Its funny how all these people in Oppressed Islamic majority Countries attend Government funded & sanctioned protest rallies against the so called evil Imperialist Nations the USA & Israel for Oppressing Muslim peoples in Palestine & other Middle Eastern Nation. Give me a break people wake up think for second, its their own Governments Oppressing you Stupids they just use Israel & USA as a distracting excuse & patsy for their very own crimes, abuse of power, financial & political corruption against you! Just look at the value of currencies tumbling in the area. Do your research read books, & websites specifically outside of what is allowed by your Governments; get a VPN so you can skirt Government restrictions on your Freedoms & privileges to have knowledge beyond reciting non-sense propaganda based on lies & BS! If these Islamic Nations really cared for Palestinians & fellow Muslims why have the millions & millions of refugees not been allowed or completely blocked from entry into certain ME Countries? Why are there Palestinian refugees in neighboring countries whose Governments refuse to give citizenship to so for 70+ years Palestinian refugees haven't been able to work get an education or just to be able to move freely where they have lived for decades? Who is really the oppressive Nations? What nations have been outright using permanent refugee populations for Internal Political propaganda purposes, while at the same time not properly distributing aid/ monies from international NGOs most likely diverting such resources & assets to high ranking corrupted Officials!!
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