Palestinians urge United Nations to condemn Israel over Gaza
14 June, 2018, 06:12 | Author: Myra Gill
Palestinian medics and protesters evacuate a wounded youth near the Gaza Strip's border with Israel, during a protest east of Khan Younis, in the Gaza Strip, Friday, June 8, 2018.
The U.N. General Assembly on Wednesday passed a resolution condemning Israel's use of excessive force on Palestinian civilians. It is totally one-sided. Israeli troops have killed more than 100 Palestinians - Hamas has acknowledged that many of them are members - in two months of protests. The overwhelming majority of the dead and wounded have been unarmed, according to Gaza health officials. Israel and Egypt maintain a blockade on the Strip which they say is created to prevent the Hamas terror group from importing weapons and other goods that could be used to build military equipment or cross-border tunnels. "We want our civilian population to be protected".
Wednesday's assembly meeting reflected the deep divisions that persist over the decades-old Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He said it also undermined reconciliation efforts between rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah as well as the "remote prospects" of reviving peace negotiations with Israel.
"It is despicable for any country to even consider to vote for a resolution condemning Israel while refusing to support the condemnation of Hamas", he said.
Palestinian Ambassador Riyad Mansour said Tuesday night that he is lobbying 191 member states - all but the USA and Israel - and expects to win. After a short break, Lajcak then put the USA appeal to a vote. The U.S. narrowly lost that vote 66-73 with 26 abstentions.
The General Assembly adopted a resolution with 120 votes in favour, eight against and 45 abstentions. "Today, a plurality of 62 countries voted in favor of the USA -led effort to address Hamas' responsibility for the disastrous conditions in Gaza".
"This was a badge of shame for the U.N.", Danon said. But a USA official, who was not named in the Channel 10 TV report, said that if the Palestinians show willingness to meet the pair of United States envoys, the American team would be open to a meeting.
"We are asking for a simple thing", Mansour told the assembly.
"It is a call to the Secretary General to come up with his recommendations on how to protect civilians from further attack".
"We can not remain silent in the face of the most violent crimes and human rights violations being systematically perpetrated against our people", said Riyad Mansour, Palestinian envoy to the UN. "Is that a crime to ask for?".
"We can not remain silent in the face of the most violent crimes and human rights violations being systematically perpetrated against our people", Mansour said.
Israel's use of lethal force against Palestinian protestors along the Gaza strip border in recent weeks could amount to war crimes, Human Rights Watch said on Wednesday. It "deplores the firing of rockets from the Gaza Strip against Israeli civilian areas", but doesn't say who is doing the firing.
The almost identical resolution proposed by Kuwait was vetoed by the U.S. in the Security Council on Tuesday.
The resolution is unlikely to lead to any action against Israel because the United States, a close ally of the nation, would veto it.
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 United States embassy there.
Unlike the Security Council, resolutions adopted by the assembly are non-binding and there is no veto.
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