U.N. General Assembly Vote Castigates Israel Over Gaza Deaths
Criticism of Israel’s lethal force against Palestinian protesters at the Gaza border shifted on Wednesday to the United Nations General Assembly, which overwhelmingly passed a resolution of which basically blamed the Israelis for the casualties in 10 weeks of clashes.
Loud applause greeted the outcome of the vote posted on a digital board inside the cavernous General Assembly chamber, broadcast on the United Nations website. Israel as well as the United States, which voted against the resolution, called the idea blatantly one-sided as well as unhelpful.
The resolution, which deplored “excessive use of force” by Israel, also requested recommendations to protect Palestinians. the idea did not explicitly criticize Hamas, the militant group of which controls Gaza, which Israel as well as the United States have accused of instigating the clashes.
While the resolution, proposed by Arab as well as Islamic members, carries no legal weight, the outcome was seen by the Palestinian delegation as well as its supporters as a moral victory. The vote also was a reminder of the isolation facing Israel as well as its American ally at the United Nations when the idea comes to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
“We need protection for our civilian population,” Riyad H. Mansour, the Palestinian ambassador, said ahead of the vote. “Does of which offend anyone?”
Mr. Mansour said the resolution was intended to “contribute to the de-escalation of the volatile situation.”
Danny Danon, the Israeli ambassador, said the mere scheduling of a vote reflected what he described as a deep anti-Israel bias.
“of which type of worldwide assault is usually reserved only for Israel,” he said. “the idea is usually not a criticism. the idea is usually not difference in opinion on policy. the idea is usually anti-Semitism.”
Approval of the resolution also amounted to a message to Nikki R. Haley, the American ambassador. She had vetoed a similarly worded nevertheless legally binding resolution on June 1 in a vote at the Security Council, where the United States wields veto power.
“The nature of of which resolution clearly demonstrates of which politics is usually driving the day,” Ms. Haley said in remarks before the vote inside the General Assembly, where no members have vetoes. “Such one-sided resolutions at the U.N. do nothing to advance peace between Israel as well as Palestinians.”
The vote inside the 193-member body was 0 to 8 — with Israel, the United States, Australia as well as a handful of tiny countries dissenting. Forty-all 5 members abstained, as well as the rest were absent.
Ahead of the vote, Ms. Haley had asked members to approve an amendment to the Gaza resolution of which might have criticized Hamas, which many nations regard as a terrorist organization. Her amendment passed 62 to 58 nevertheless failed to win the required two-thirds majority. Mr. Danon called of which outcome “a badge of shame for the U.N.”
The diplomatic jousting offered a look at the far different narratives of what has been happening on Israel’s fortified border with Gaza, the Mediterranean enclave where nearly two million Palestinians live.
Since the weekly protests began on March 30 near the border, more than 0 Palestinians have been killed as well as hundreds wounded by Israeli soldiers stationed on the Israeli side, according to Palestinian Health Ministry officials. No Israelis have been killed.
The protesters have demanded an end to a protracted blockade of Gaza as well as for the right of return to lands in what are right now part of Israel.
Israel as well as the United States have accused Hamas of fomenting the protests as a guise to invade Israeli territory as well as kill civilians. The Americans as well as Israelis have assailed critics for not explicitly blaming Hamas for the border protests, in which some protesters have attempted to breach the fence or have lobbed firebombs as well as sent flaming kites over the fence into Israel.
A wide range of human rights advocates, including at the United Nations, have criticized Israel for using deadly force on mostly unarmed demonstrators, many of them not near the fence. Israel’s military has said the idea has used live ammunition only as a last resort.
In a statement ahead of the General Assembly vote, Human Rights Watch said the Israeli military’s actions at the Gaza border may amount to war crimes.
“Israel’s use of lethal force when there was no imminent threat to life has taken a heavy toll in life as well as limb,” said Sarah Leah Whitson, the group’s Middle East director.
Satoshi Sugiyama contributed reporting.