Thursday, 21 June, 2018

United Nations condemns Israeli force against Palestinian civilians

U.S. President Barack Obama checks to see if he still needs the umbrella held by a U.S. Marine to protect him from the rain during a joint news conference with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington Israel's use of lethal force 'could amount to war crime'
Sammy Stanley | 14 June, 2018, 13:59

France was among 12 European Union countries that backed the resolution, but Britain abstained along with Italy, Poland and 13 other European Union member-states.

The resolution is unlikely to lead to any action against Israel because the United States, a close ally of the nation, would veto it.

"We had more countries on the right side than the wrong side", Haley said.

"The hypocrisy of the General Assembly knows no bounds as anti-Israel elements deceitfully blocked the condemnation of Hamas, a murderous terrorist organization".

Danon - who during the debate challenged the delegates to say what they would do "if 40,000 rioters calling for your destruction tried to storm your border" - meanwhile claimed a moral victory.

"Thanks to the combined efforts with our American friends and our allies from around the world, we proved today that the automatic majority against Israel in the United Nations is not destiny and can be changed".

The Palestinians' U.N. ambassador is urging the General Assembly to adopt a resolution to address escalating violence in Gaza and "the crisis" of protecting civilians following the killing of more than 120 Palestinians by Israeli military fire.

While Security Council resolutions are legally binding, General Assembly resolutions are not, although Varma stressed that they do reflect "political will" as well as worldwide opinion.

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The draft resolution asks Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to make recommendations on ensuring protection of Palestinian civilians, within 60 days, including on "an worldwide protection mechanism".

The United States vetoed a similar resolution in the15-member UN Security Council earlier this month.

Moments later, a sudden burst of applause led by the Israeli Ambassador to the UN, Danny Danon, signaled that the USA amendment had passed, with 62 member states voting in favor, 58 opposing and 42 abstaining.

Mansour stressed: "We need action".

Malaysia has welcomed the adoption of a resolution by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) calling for greater protection for Palestinians.

His motion to take "no action" on the amendment was defeated by a vote of 59-78 with 26 abstentions, allowing the US amendment to be put to a vote. The United States sought to challenge the ruling requiring a two-thirds majority but that was defeated in a separate vote.

None of Haley's points were directly addressed by those opposing the USA amendment, despite more than two hours of speeches. 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".

The General Assembly largely ignored Trump's threats at the time to cut off aid to any country that went against the USA and voted 128-9 to denounce the president's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital and declare it "null and void". Backed by Arab countries, the Palestinians are lobbying to win as many votes as those cast in support of the Jerusalem resolution.

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