The UN General Assembly has adopted a nonbinding resolution condemning Israel’s use of ‘excessive force’ against Palestinian protesters in Gaza. A US amendment to condemn Hamas did not get enough support.
BREAKING: The UN General Assembly voted to condemn Israel for excessive use of force against Palestinian civilians, in a vote of 120 in favor and 8 against.
120+ Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces in Gaza since March. pic.twitter.com/HMeOUEpWt2
— AJ+ (@ajplus) June 13, 2018
The resolution condemns Israel for “excessive use of force” against Palestinian demonstrators on the Israeli-Gaza border and calls for the “protection of the Palestinian civilian population” in Gaza. It was adopted with 120 votes in favor and eight votes against, with 45 abstentions.
UN General Assembly passes resolution blaming Israel for killing of Palestinians in Gaza, narrowly rejects amendment to condemn Hamas for attacks on Israel. https://t.co/3z30U2TEup
— The Associated Press (@AP) June 13, 2018
The amendment offered by US envoy Nikki Haley sought to condemn Hamas, which runs the elected government in Gaza, for firing rockets at Israel. The amendment received 62 votes in favor, with 58 nations opposed and 42 abstaining. It needed a two-thirds majority to pass, however, so it was not included in the final resolution.
Listen to Nikki Haley’s claims about who runs Gaza and compare it to the facts and truth in this short video to see how seamlessly and deliberately Nikki Haley misleads https://t.co/LfcUQaQUq4 – but the world knows she’s lying, which is why the US just lost in the UN on Israel. https://t.co/sJXbiPpIeV
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) June 13, 2018
The nearly identical resolution proposed by Kuwait was vetoed by the US in the Security Council on Tuesday. Unlike the Security Council resolutions, those adopted in the General Assembly are non-binding.
Only 8 countries voted against a UN resolution to condemn Israel’s excessive use of force against unarmed Palestinian protesters in Gaza:
The United States, Australia, and a bunch of South Pacific attols you’ve never heard of… https://t.co/0SlHxt8aRe
— CJ Werleman (@cjwerleman) June 13, 2018
Haley condemned the adopted resolution as “morally bankrupt.”
During the debate preceding the vote, the US envoy said:
“The resolution is one-sided, makes not one mention of Hamas which routinely initiates violence. What makes Gaza different is that attacking Israel is their favorite political sport.”
A Historical failure for U.S at the UN.
Nikki Haley threatened—then begged—yet, STILL was the ONLY vote cast in favor of her own (US) resolution at the Security Council.
— Right word (@abcdaee198) June 7, 2018
Israeli ambassador Danny Danon slammed the resolution as “empowering Hamas” and the countries that support it as “colluding with a terrorist organization.”
“I have a simple message for those who support this resolution. You are the ammunition for Hamas’s guns, you are the warheads for its missiles”.
Retweeted TRT World Now (@TRTWorldNow):
“We need action. We need protection for our civilian population. … Is that a crime to ask for?” – Palestinian UN envoy, Riyad Mansour https://t.co/sscAZbsmbl
— Abdi Arman 🇸🇴 (@Somane01) June 14, 2018
Ryad Mansour, the Palestinian envoy to the UN, said:
“We cannot remain silent in the face of the most violent crimes and human rights violations being systematically perpetrated against our people.”
Israel should not have free reign to abuse Palestinians at will, and the international community should not stand by and watch the bloody spectacle. https://t.co/C08Fvn469O
— Ramzy Baroud (@RamzyBaroud) June 14, 2018
Nearly 130 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces during the protests along the border with Gaza that began on March 30. The deadliest day so far has been May 14, when the US embassy officially moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
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