Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

UN Assembly blames Israel for Gaza violence, but not Hamas

UN Assembly blames Israel for Gaza violence, but not Hamas

Since near-weekly mass protests began March 30 along the Israel-Gaze border, more than 120 Palestinians have been killed and over 3,800 wounded by Israeli army fire.

UNITED NATIONS: The UN General Assembly on Wednesday adopted by a strong majority of 120 countries an Arab-backed resolution condemning Israel for Palestinian deaths in Gaza and rejected a U.S. bid to put the blame on Hamas.

"It is despicable for any country to even consider to vote for a resolution condemning Israel while refusing to support the condemnation of Hamas".

For the Palestinians, the resolution's key provision is a request to U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to make proposals within 60 days "on ways and means for ensuring the safety, protection and well-being of the Palestinian civilian population under Israeli occupation", including on "an worldwide protection mechanism".

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

The adopted resolution calls for "consideration of measures to guarantee the safety and protection" of Palestinian civilians.

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

"But the common practice of turning a blind eye to the U.N.'s anti-Israel bias is changing", she said.

U.S. Ambassador Nikki HaleyNimrata (Nikki) HaleyWhat you need to know about Tuesday's elections South Carolina Gov. McMaster heads to runoff What to watch in Tuesday's primary elections MORE voted against the motion, and sharply denounced the vote as "morally bankrupt" in a statement.

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Palestinian Ambassador Riyad Mansour urged the assembly before the vote to address the escalating violence in Gaza and "the crisis" of protecting civilians.

We need protection for our civilian population.

Israel's U.N. Ambassador Danny Danon said they "welcome the American amendment condemning the terrorists of Hamas. Is that a crime to ask for?" he said.

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

"We can not remain silent in the face of the most violent crimes and human rights violations being systematically perpetrated against our people", Mansour said.

The vote came after a similarly drafted resolution failed at the U.N. Security Council because of a USA veto on June 1. The US, Israel, Australia, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Togo and the Solomon Islands voted against the measure.

General Assembly resolutions are not legally binding but carry political weight.

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.

The 50 year-old reputation of the UN General Assembly as a trusty platform for incitement against the State of Israel acquired its first blemish on Wednesday evening, when a plurality of member states voted in favor of a US-sponsored amendment condemning Hamas for the deadly violence on the border between Israel and Gaza.

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