Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
Global | By Shelia Dennis

United Nations Assembly blames Israel for Gaza violence, but not Hamas

United Nations Assembly blames Israel for Gaza violence, but not Hamas

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 United States bid to blame Hamas for the violence.

The U.S. amendment was approved by a 62-58 vote, with 42 abstentions.

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.

A USA 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.

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. The U.S. narrowly lost that vote 66-73 with 26 abstentions.

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Turkey's United Nations ambassador, Feridun Siniroglu, told the assembly shortly before votes were cast the "draft resolution is not about taking sides".

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".

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Danon - who during the debate challenged the delegates to say what they would do "if 40,000 rioters calling for your destruction tried to storm your border" - meanwhile claimed a moral victory.

#UNGA adopts resolution on Protection of the Palestinian civilian population with vote of 120 countries in favour; 8 against; and 45 abstentions. "Is that a crime to ask for?" he said.

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The draft resolution being considered Wednesday was proposed by Arab and Islamic countries. It also seeks recommendations to protect Palestinian civilians.

"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 Palestinians sought a Security Council resolution after Israel's military killed civilians during mass protests in Gaza aimed at the border blockade imposed by Israel and Egypt in 2007 after Hamas overran the territory. It "deplores the firing of rockets from the Gaza Strip against Israeli civilian areas", but doesn't say who is doing the firing.

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

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

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