Gaza residents pray near Israel as Muslims mark major feast

Frederick Owens
June 17, 2018

A last-minute USA amendment to the resolution calling on Hamas to "cease all violent activity and provocative actions" was struck down after a vote of 62 in favor and 58 against (with 42 abstentions), falling short of the required two-thirds majority to pass. Israel has faced worldwide criticism for its use of lethal force against protesters in Gaza, and for applying what human rights activists call a shoot-to-kill-or-maim policy.

"Israel appreciates the firm support of the Trump administration in Israel at the United Nations and Ambassador Haley's resolute statement today, which exposed the hypocrisy of the bias against Israel at the U.N.", he said in a statement.

With a significant majority, 120 countries voted in favor of the resolution, 45 abstained, and 7 joined Israel in voting against it: the United States, Australia, Togo, the Marshall islands, Solomon Islands, Micronesia and Nauru. The original anti-Israel draft then went forward to a vote absent the United States amendment.

The resolution, adopted at an emergency special session yesterday, deplores any use of "excessive, disproportionate and indiscriminate" force by the Israeli military against Palestinian civilians, particularly in the Gaza Strip. It is totally one-sided.

The document largely followed the Kuwait-drafted resolution that was vetoed by the United States at the UN Security Council earlier this month.

Palestinian police last night dispersed a demonstration against the Palestinian National Authority of President Abu Mazen in downtown Ramallah.

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Demonstrators carried portraits of slain Gaza medic Razan al-Najjar and accused the PA of being a "contractor of the occupation" calling for an end to security cooperation with Israel.

What the US ambassador and Israel's permanent representative at the UN, Danny Danon, forget to mention in their speeches are the deaths due to Israeli forces' brutality, the damage in Gaza due to the blockade by the occupying power and the human rights violations.

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

"It makes not one mention of the Hamas terrorists who routinely initiate the violence in Gaza", US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley told the General Assembly before the vote.

The US amendment sought to add to the Arab-sponsored text, a paragraph, by which the Assembly would "condemn Hamas for repeatedly firing rockets into Israel and for inciting violence along the boundary fence, thereby putting civilians at risk".

Backed by Arab countries, the Palestinians had lobbied to win as many votes on the Gaza resolution as those cast in support of the measure condemning the USA decision on Jerusalem.

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