120 countries blame Israel for 'excessive' force against Palestinians

Lester Mason
June 14, 2018

"By supporting this resolution you are colluding with a terrorist organization, by supporting this resolution you are empowering Hamas", Israel's U.N. Ambassador Danny Danon told the General Assembly before the vote.

The resolution condemns Israel for "excessive use of force" against Palestinian demonstrators on the Israeli-Gaza border and calls for the "protection of the Palestinian civilian population" in Gaza.

The 193-member assembly approved the resolution by a vote of 120-8, with 45 nations abstaining.

"Israel's use of lethal force when there was no imminent threat to life has taken a heavy toll in life and limb", said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director at Human Rights Watch.

The resolution deplored Israel´s use of "excessive, disproportionate and indiscriminate force" against Palestinian civilians and called for protection measures for Palestinians in Gaza and the occupied West Bank.

It also seeks recommendations to protect Palestinian civilians.

Before the vote, Haley sent a letter to ambassadors that said that rockets fired by Hamas at Israel incited the violence.

A US bid to condemn Hamas, a Palestinian fundamentalist group, for attacks on Israel also received a majority vote in favor - 62-58 with 42 abstaining - but the president of the General Assembly rejected it because it didn't have the required two-thirds majority to pass. We need protection for our civilian population. But a U.S. official, who was not named in the Channel 10 TV report, said that if the Palestinians show willingness to meet the pair of USA envoys, the American team would be open to a meeting.

The permanent observer of the Palestinian mission to the United Nations, ambassador Riyad Mansour said that the USA amendment was offered in "bad faith" and said that the "illegal, belligerent, military occupation is the primary source and root cause of the recurrent and emergent crises we face".


"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.

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

Australia, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Solomon Islands and Togo joined Israel and the United States in voting against the resolution.

Arab and Islamic nations then made a decision to seek a vote on virtually the identical resolution at Wednesday's emergency meeting of the General Assembly, where there are no vetoes.

While Security Council resolutions are legally binding, General Assembly resolutions are not, although assembly spokesman Brendan Varma stressed Wednesday that they do reflect "political will" as well as global opinion.

The General Assembly largely ignored Trump's threats at the time to cut off aid to any country that went against the United States and voted 128-9 to denounce the USA president's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital and declare it "null and void".

"By supporting this resolution you are colluding with a terrorist organisation, by supporting this resolution you are empowering Hamas", Israel's United Nations ambassador Danny Danon told the General Assembly before the vote.

"The resolution is one-sided, makes not one mention of Hamas which routinely initiates violence", the USA envoy said during the debate preceding the vote, adding that "What makes Gaza different is that attacking Israel is their favorite political sport".

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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