UN votes by strong majority to condemn Israel over Gaza violence

Pauline Gross
June 14, 2018

"It is about deterring further violence from taking place", he said.

The U.N. General Assembly has approved a Palestinian-backed resolution blaming Israel for violence in Gaza after narrowly rejecting a us demand to add an amendment condemning attacks on Israel by Gaza's Hamas rulers.

The Palestinians chose to go to the assembly, where there are no vetoes, following the USA veto of virtually the same resolution in the Security Council on June 1.

For the Palestinians, the resolution's key provision is a request to U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to make proposals within 60 days "on ways and means for ensuring the safety, protection and well-being of the Palestinian civilian population under Israeli occupation", including on "an worldwide protection mechanism". Israeli troops have killed more than 100 Palestinians - Hamas has acknowledged that many of them are members - in two months of protests. "As part of Hamas's propaganda operation, hundreds of Gazans were injured last week and several dozen died, most of whom were Hamas operatives", the IDF spokesperson Brigadier General Ronen Manelis said back in May.

The marchers have also pressed demands for a "right of return" for descendants of Palestinian refugees to ancestral homes in what is now Israel.

Like this story? Share it with a friend! "We want our civilian population to be protected". The rioting and violence along the border between Israel and Palestinian-controlled Gaza involved attacking Israeli soldiers and resulted in about 120 Palestinians being killed, most of whom were members of terror groups.

Prior to voting on the full text, the assembly voted on a USA amendment to condemn Hamas.

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The Palestinians and their supporters followed the same route they took in December after the United States vetoed a Security Council resolution calling on President Donald Trump to renounce his recognition of Israel as Jerusalem's capital.

Voting with the United States and Israel were Australia, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Solomon Islands and Togo.

The US amendment condemning Hamas received 62 votes in favor, with 58 against and 42 abstentions.

The draft resolution being considered Wednesday was proposed by Arab and Islamic countries.

"But the common practice of turning a blind eye to the U.N.'s anti-Israel bias is changing", she said.

Palestinian Ambassador Riyad Mansour said Tuesday night that he is lobbying 191 member states - all but the US and Israel - and expects to win. Human Rights Watch said this week that Israel's use of lethal force against Palestinian demonstrators in the Gaza Strip in recent weeks may constitute war crimes.

While Security Council resolutions are legally binding, General Assembly resolutions are not, although assembly spokesman Brenden Varma stressed Wednesday that they do reflect "political will" as well as global opinion. "It is despicable for any country to even consider to vote for a resolution condemning Israel while refusing to support the condemnation of Hamas".

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