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United Nations condemns excessive Israeli force against Palestinians

By Michelle Nichols

 

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Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon addresses a United Nations General Assembly meeting ahead of a vote on a draft resolution that would deplore the use of excessive force by Israeli troops against Palestinian civilians at U.N. headquarters in New York, U.S., June 13, 2018. REUTERS/Mike Segar

 

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The U.N. General Assembly condemned Israel on Wednesday for excessive use of force against Palestinian civilians and asked U.N. chief Antonio Guterres to recommend an "international protection mechanism" for occupied Palestinian territory.

 

The General Assembly adopted a resolution with 120 votes in favour, eight against and 45 abstentions. It was put forward in the General Assembly by Algeria, Turkey and the Palestinians after the United States vetoed a similar resolution in the 15-member U.N. Security Council earlier this month.

 

The General Assembly text condemned the firing of rockets from Gaza into Israeli civilian areas, but did not mention Hamas, the Islamist group that controls Gaza. General Assembly resolutions are not legally binding but carry political weight.

 

"The nature of this resolution clearly demonstrates that politics is driving the day. It is totally one-sided. It makes not one mention of the Hamas terrorists who routinely initiate the violence in Gaza," U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley told the General Assembly before the vote.

 

The United States failed in a bid to amend the resolution with a paragraph that would have condemned violence by Hamas.

 

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

 

More than 120 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces in Gaza border protests since March 30. The largest number of deaths occurred on May 14, the day the United States moved its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv.

 

Amid international condemnation of its use of lethal force, Israel said many of the dead were militants and that the Israeli army was repelling attacks on the border fence between Israel and Gaza. Washington has maintained Israel's right to defend itself and refrained from joining calls for Israeli restraint.

 

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

"We need protection of our civilian population," Palestinian U.N. envoy Riyad Mansour told the General Assembly before the vote, adding that the resolution was "intended to contribute to a de-escalation of the volatile situation."

 

"We cannot remain silent in the face of the most violent crimes and human rights violations being systematically perpetrated against our people," Mansour said.

 

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 international protection mechanism."

 

In December 128 countries defied President Donald Trump and voted in favour of a U.N. General Assembly resolution calling for the United States to drop its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

 

(Reporting by Michelle Nichols; Editing by James Dalgleish)

 
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4 hours ago, ezzra said:

The UN has lost it's moral legitimacy long time ago by being bias, hypocrite and under pressure from the arab/muslim members, the UN can go on condemning Israel as much as they like, the bottom line is that Israel is fighting for its survival and existence in a sea of hostile terrorists and misguided Palestinians,

as long as the Palestinian are being led by a brutal and murderous leadership, and be sent to be a sniper's fodder, they will continue to suffer and the UN will continue to condemn Israel...

Hypocrites?

You would have thought Jews, sorry Israelis, would have learned empathy and humility to other peoples, after what happened to them in the holocaust.

Nah, now the shoe, sorry, jackboot is on the other foot.

Disgusting country. It could and should be so much better.

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6 hours ago, ChidlomDweller said:

Says who?!  Nearly all Europeans and a majority of Americans I talk to hate Israel now, and well deserved because of its behavior.

 

And "says who" would apply directly to your post as well. No idea who you talk to, in which capacity and under what circumstances. I guess the same comments form the likes of either @ezzra or @dexterm would yield very different results. IMO most people are more opinionated than informed, but maybe that's just my take.

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7 hours ago, ezzra said:

The UN has lost it's moral legitimacy long time ago by being bias, hypocrite and under pressure from the arab/muslim members, the UN can go on condemning Israel as much as they like, the bottom line is that Israel is fighting for its survival and existence in a sea of hostile terrorists and misguided Palestinians,

as long as the Palestinian are being led by a brutal and murderous leadership, and be sent to be a sniper's fodder, they will continue to suffer and the UN will continue to condemn Israel...

 

The UN might be this or that, but that's no excuse for hyperbole.

 

Israel is hardly "fighting for its survival and existence" - it's pretty much an accepted fact that it is stronger than regional enemies, or equal to them. There is no "sea of hostile terrorists" threatening Israel's existence - there are terrorist groups and organizations posing a threat, yes. Existential - I think not. As for the supposed "brutal and murderous leadership" of the Palestinians - which one would this apply to? The Hamas? Alright. But then the Palestinian leadership is a contested issue, and I don't think the PA's description as "brutal and murderous" holds much water these days.

 

Israel does have a right to protect its borders, and is not obligated to unconditionally let a horde of Palestinians in. That said, there was obviously excessive force used to prevent such an eventuality. Whether other means would have been effective dealing with the situation, can be debated, though. And while Hamas does bear some of the responsibility for how things panned out, it doesn't fully excuse Israel's transgressions. Sometimes there are no perfect solutions, or even good ones.

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