United Nations votes by strong majority to condemn Israel over Gaza violence

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The UN General Assembly was set to vote on Wednesday on condemning Israel for Palestinian deaths in Gaza in a resolution opposed by the United States, which wants the world body to blame Hamas for the violence.

In its proposal for a resolution to be passed, the three countries deplored "the use of any excessive, disproportionate and indiscriminate force by the Israeli forces against Palestinian civilians in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem", and demanded Israel "refrain from such actions".

The resolution would require the UN Secretary-General to submit a written report within 60 days of its adoption, with recommendations for the establishment of an worldwide protection mechanism for the Palestinian civilian population.

"The global community needs to rip up the old playbook, where Israel conducts investigations that mainly whitewash the conduct of its troops and the U.S. blocks worldwide accountability with its Security Council veto, and instead impose real costs for such blatant disregard for Palestinian lives", said Sarah Leah Whitson, the NGO's Middle East director.

The permanent observer of the Palestinian mission to the United Nations, ambassador Riyad Mansour said that the USA amendment was offered in "bad faith" and said that the "illegal, belligerent, military occupation is the primary source and root cause of the recurrent and emergent crises we face".


The US failed to win enough votes in its proposed amendment, which would have condemned Hamas for inciting violence.

Before the vote, the USA ambassador Nikki Haley said there were "no ideal actors" on either side of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Algerian Ambassador Sabri Boukadoum, representing Arab nations, first sought to block a vote on the US amendment, saying it wasn't relevant to the resolution.

Palestinians and their supporters said most protesters were unarmed civilians and Israel used excessive force against them.

"By supporting this resolution you are colluding with a terrorist organization, by supporting this resolution you are empowering Hamas", Israel's U.N. Ambassador Danny Danon told the General Assembly before the vote.


Turkey's United Nations ambassador, Feridun Siniroglu, told the assembly shortly before votes were cast the "draft resolution is not about taking sides". We need protection for our civilian population. 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.

Kushner has kept a tight lid on the plan, but Greenblatt has been open in his criticisms of the Palestinian Authority for walking away from the pre-negotiations last December after Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital. We need protection for our civilian population.

Arab and Islamic nations then chose to seek a vote on virtually the identical resolution at Wednesday's emergency meeting of the General Assembly, where there are no vetoes.

It also "deplores the firing of rockets from the Gaza Strip against Israeli civilian areas", but doesn't say who is doing the firing.

Haley had argued that the amendment proposed by the U.S.


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