U.N. General Assembly condemns Israeli violence against Palestinians

Cheryl Sanders
June 14, 2018

The UN General Assembly was set to vote on Wednesday on condemning Israel for Palestinian deaths in Gaza in a resolution opposed by the United States, which wants the world body to blame Hamas for the violence. The resolution condemns Israel's government for its excessive, disproportionate, and indiscriminate targeting of Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip.

The resolution asked Guterres to report back within 60 days on proposals "on ways and means for ensuring the safety, protection and well-being of the Palestinian civilian population under Israeli occupation, including. recommendations regarding an worldwide protection mechanism". General Assembly President Miroslav Lajcak declared that under United Nations rules a two-thirds vote was needed so the amendment failed.

Haley said the amendment "is not controversial" and simply condemns "behavior we should all recognize as harmful to the Palestinian people".

U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley called that Kuwait-sponsored resolution "grossly one-sided" for criticizing the use of force by Israel while not mentioning the Islamic militant group Hamas, which rules Gaza.


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

Before the vote, Haley sent a letter to ambassadors that said that rockets fired by Hamas at Israel incited the violence. We need protection for our civilian population.

Malaysia has welcomed the adoption of a resolution by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) calling for greater protection for Palestinians.

The proposal further called "for the consideration of measures to guarantee the safety and protection of the Palestinian civilian population", pointing particularly to Gaza, where more than 127 Palestinians have been killed and thousands more wounded by Israeli forces fire during recent mass demonstrations.


The IDF's actions "highlight the need for the International Criminal Court to open a formal investigation into the situation in Palestine", the New-York-based global human rights watchdog said in a statement on Wednesday. It "deplores the firing of rockets from the Gaza Strip against Israeli civilian areas", but doesn't say who is doing the firing.

The draft resolution being considered Wednesday was proposed by Arab and Islamic countries. The Palestinian, Turkish, Venezuelan, Bangladeshi and Bolivian representatives were among those whose speeches compared Israel to the former apartheid regime in South Africa, invoked the Arabic word "Naqba" ("catastrophe", a common term in the Arab world to describe Israel's creation 70 years ago) and accused Israel of committing war crimes.

They followed the same route they took in December after the United States vetoed a Security Council resolution calling on President Donald Trump to renounce his recognition of Israel as Jerusalem's capital.

His motion to take "no action" on the amendment was defeated by a vote of 59-78 with 26 abstentions, allowing the US amendment to be put to a vote.


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