Published: Sat, June 16, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

UN condemns Israeli force in Gaza

UN condemns Israeli force in Gaza

"The UN bias against Israel runs very deep, but the fact that the American amendment against Hamas won a voting plurality in the UN General Assembly shows that times are changing", an official at the U.S. mission to the UN told The Algemeiner after the vote.

The resolution passed by a vote of 120-8 with 45 countries abstaining.

Turkey's Ambassador Feridun Hadi Sinirlioglu defended the resolution, saying it was "about taking sides with worldwide law" and showing the Palestinians that the world "does care about their suffering".

Human Rights Watch contended in its statement that the mostly unarmed protesters didn't pose an imminent threat to Israeli troops or civilians, and therefore the use of live fire suggests a violation of worldwide law.

The resolution condemns Israel's government for its excessive, disproportionate, and indiscriminate targeting of Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip. "It makes not one mention of the Hamas terrorists who routinely initiate the violence in Gaza", U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley told the U.N. body. But a USA official, who was not named in the Channel 10 TV report, said that if the Palestinians show willingness to meet the pair of U.S. envoys, the American team would be open to a meeting. "It also draws attention away from so many other pressing issues that demand the attention of the worldwide community", the statement said. Also condemned rocket attacks on Israel by terrorist organizations. "It is not criticism, it is not difference on policy, it is anti-Semitism".

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley addresses a United Nations General Assembly meeting ahead of a vote on a draft resolution that would deplore the use of excessive force by Israeli troops against Palestinian civilians at U.N. headquarters in NY, U.S., June 13, 2018.

Initially sponsored by Algeria, Turkey and the Palestinians, the resolution got sponsorship from many more countries announced shortly before the vote. "By supporting this resolution, you are empowering Hamas".

The Palestinians sought a Security Council resolution after Israel's military killed civilians during mass protests in Gaza aimed at the border blockade imposed by Israel and Egypt in 2007 after Hamas overran the territory.

"Any resolution focused on the protection of civilians in Gaza must recognize the destabilizing and reckless actions of Hamas, which endanger the lives and livelihoods of innocent civilians", Haley wrote in the letter seen by AFP. "And why should that be offending anyone?" We need protection for our civilian population. "Is that a crime to ask for?" he said.

Diplomats want the U.S. amendment to fail and also the Arab-supported resolution to be implemented. 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. The largest number of deaths occurred on 14 May, the day the United States moved its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv.

Palestinians have held near-weekly protests since March 30, calling for a "right of return" to ancestral homes now in Israel.

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