UN Assembly approves resolution blaming Israel for Gaza violence

UN Assembly approves resolution blaming Israel for Gaza violence

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".

"The worldwide community needs to rip up the old playbook, where Israel conducts investigations that mainly whitewash the conduct of its troops and the United States blocks global accountability with its Security Council Veto, and instead impose real costs for such blatant disregard for Palestinian lives".

Haley had argued that the amendment proposed by the U.S.

More than 120 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces in Gaza border protests since March 30.

Palestinian Ambassador Riyad Mansour urged the assembly before the vote to address the escalating violence in Gaza and "the crisis" of protecting civilians.

"It is despicable for any country to even consider to vote for a resolution condemning Israel while refusing to support the condemnation of Hamas", he said.

It also seeks recommendations from UN Secretary-General Antonio Gutterese on ensuring protection for Palestinian civilians, including an "international protection mechanism". The United States sought to challenge the ruling requiring a two-thirds majority but that was defeated in a separate vote.

Palestinian Ambassador Riyad Mansour said Tuesday night that he is lobbying 191 member states - all but the US and Israel - and expects to win. He called the USA amendment a "bad-faith attempt" to shift the focus away from "the core objective of protecting civilians and upholding global law".

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Israeli ambassador Danny Danon slammed the resolution as "empowering Hamas" and the countries that support it as "colluding with a terrorist organization". "Is that a crime to ask for?" he said.

Amid worldwide condemnation of its use of lethal force, Israel said numerous dead were militants and that the Israeli army was repelling attacks on the border fence between Israel and Gaza.

"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 General Assembly last held a similarly contentious vote on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in December, when it rejected President Donald Trump´s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel´s capital and move the U.S. embassy there.

Haley's comments came as the USA blocked a Security Council resolution calling for a probe into the violence.

The resolution, backed by Turkey on behalf of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, and Algeria on behalf of the Arab League, deplored "the use of any excessive, disproportionate and indiscriminate force by the Israeli forces against Palestinian civilians in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem", and demanded Israel "refrain from such actions".

The Palestinians and their supporters chose to go to the 193-member assembly, where there are no vetoes, after the US vetoed virtually the same resolution in the Security Council on June 1. It "deplores the firing of rockets from the Gaza Strip against Israeli civilian areas", but doesn't say who is doing the firing.

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 worldwide opinion.

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