Published: Fri, June 15, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Malaysia welcomes United Nations resolution for Palestine

Malaysia welcomes United Nations resolution for Palestine

"These are terror attacks, with IEDs, which are trying to harm Israel", IDF Intelligence Directorate head Major Gen. Tamir Heyman said Wednesday at the International Homeland Security Forum in Jerusalem, the Jerusalem Post reported.

The United States failed in a bid to amend the resolution with a paragraph that would have condemned violence by Hamas. It was put forward in the General Assembly by Algeria, Turkey and the Palestinians after the United States vetoed a similar resolution in the 15-member U.N. Security Council earlier this month. General Assembly resolutions are not legally binding but carry political weight.

Just before the vote, US Ambassador Nikki Haley proposed an amendment that would have also held Hamas responsible for the volatile situation.

Meanwhile, rights groups, such as Human Rights Watch, say that Israel's repeated use of excessive force against civilians might amount to war crimes.

Having failed to push a condemnation of Israel through the UN Security Council, thanks to a USA veto, champions of the Palestinian cause turned to the General Assembly, even though resolutions passed there are not legally binding.

Roughly 130 Palestinians - a lot of them unarmed, according Gaza's medical authorities - were killed during mass protests against Israeli occupation.

The resolution tasks UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres with the drafting of proposals for an "international protection mechanism" for the Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank.

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Taking the podium, Israeli Ambassador Danny Danon assailed the measure as an "attempt to take away our basic right to self-defense". "We want our civilian population to be protected".

The Foreign Ministry said in a statement today that Malaysia co-sponsored and voted in favour of the resolution in line with its long-standing and unwavering support for the Palestinian cause.

The US amendment condemning Hamas received 62 votes in favor, with 58 against and 42 abstentions.

Australia, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, the Solomon Islands and Togo joined the United States and Israel in voting against the resolution. The United States sought to challenge the ruling requiring a two-thirds majority but that was defeated in a separate vote.

In December, 128 countries defied President Donald Trump and voted in favor of a U.N. General Assembly resolution calling for the United States to drop its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

The resolution was adopted on Wednesday (Thursday in Pakistan) after getting 120 votes in favour, eight against and with 45 abstentions.

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