UNITED NATIONS HEADQUARTERS: The UN General Assembly on Wednesday adopted by a powerful majority of 120 nations an Arab-backed decision condemning Israel for Palestinian deaths in Gaza and rejected a US bid to place the blame on Hamas.
At least 129 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli hearth throughout protests close to the border with Gaza that started at the top of March. No Israelis have died.
The decision put ahead by Algeria and Turkey on behalf of Arab and Muslim nations received 120 votes in the 193-member meeting, with eight votes towards and 45 abstentions.
An modification introduced by the United States condemning Hamas for “inciting violence” alongside the border with Gaza did not garner the two-third majority wanted for adoption.
Addressing the meeting, US Ambassador Nikki Haley dismissed the decision as biased towards Israel and accused Arab nations of making an attempt to attain political factors at residence by searching for to condemn Israel at the United Nations.
“For some, attacking Israel is their favourite political sport. That’s why we are here today,” stated Haley.
“I wish everyone supporting this one-sided resolution would put as much energy into encouraging President Abbas to the negotiating table,” she stated.
The decision deplored Israel’s use of “excessive, disproportionate and indiscriminate force” towards Palestinian civilians and known as for defense measures for Palestinians in Gaza and the occupied West Bank.
Arab nations backing the measure turned to the General Assembly after the United States used its veto in the Security Council to dam the decision on June 1.
Unlike the Security Council, resolutions adopted by the meeting are non-binding and there’s no veto.
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The decision duties UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres with the drafting of proposals for an “international protection mechanism” for the Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank.
These may vary from establishing an observer mission to a full-blown peacekeeping force, however motion on any possibility would require backing from the Security Council, the place the United States has veto energy.
Palestinian Ambassador Riyad Mansour dismissed the US amendments blaming Hamas as “games and gimmicks” and urged ambassadors to not be “fooled” by the US proposal.
“We are asking for a simple thing,” Mansour instructed the meeting. “We want our civilian population to be protected.”
Turkey’s Ambassador Feridun Hadi Sinirlioglu defended the decision, saying it was “about taking sides with international law” and displaying the Palestinians that the world “does care about their suffering.”
Taking the rostrum, Israeli Ambassador Danny Danon assailed the measure as an “attempt to take away our basic right to self-defence.” He warned ambassadors that by supporting the decision “you are empowering Hamas.”
The US modification condemning Hamas obtained 62 votes in favour, with 58 towards and 42 abstentions. The United States sought to problem the ruling requiring a two-thirds majority however that was defeated in a separate vote.
“We had more countries on the right side than the wrong side,” Haley stated in a press release.
The General Assembly final held a equally contentious vote on the Israeli-Palestinian battle in December, when it rejected President Donald Trump’s resolution to acknowledge Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and transfer the US embassy there.
Haley had warned at the time that Washington was “taking names” of nations that supported the decision. That vote was 128 to 9, with 35 abstentions.
Backed by Arab nations, the Palestinians had lobbied to win as many votes as these solid in assist of the Jerusalem decision.