United Nations condemns excessive Israeli force against Palestinians

United Nations condemns excessive Israeli force against Palestinians

United Nations condemns excessive Israeli force against Palestinians

According to the IDF statement, the soldiers who engaged the vehicle of innocent Palestinians, including 15-year-old Muhammad Rafat Badran who was killed, had indications that it was the auto that had caused the Israeli injuries and that it might be on its way to endanger more Israelis.

The United Nations General Assembly voted Wednesday to blame Israel for violence in Gaza last month, rejecting a US amendment that would have condemned Hamas as well.

"The resolution is one-sided, makes not one mention of Hamas which routinely initiates violence", the United States envoy said during the debate preceding the vote, adding that "What makes Gaza different is that attacking Israel is their favorite political sport". General Assembly President Miroslav Lajcak declared that under United Nations rules a two-thirds vote was needed so the amendment failed.

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

"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". Speaking from the floor, US Ambassador Nikki Haley countered that "denying a vote on the US amendment would be the height of this body's hypocrisy".

The adopted resolution calls for "consideration of measures to guarantee the safety and protection" of Palestinian civilians.

Finally, the assembly voted on the original Palestinian-backed resolution, approving it 120-8 with 45 abstentions. Israel says Hamas has used the protests as cover for attacks on the border fence.

Senior White House adviser Jared Kushner and his father-in-law President Donald Trump's Middle East peace team will travel to Israel, Egypt and Saudi Arabia next week to address the ongoing conflict in Gaza, a USA national security official said. "Is that a crime to ask for?".

The resolution is unlikely to lead to any action against Israel because the United States, a close ally of the nation, would veto it.

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".

"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 text condemned the firing of rockets from Gaza into Israeli civilian areas, but did not mention Hamas, the Islamist group that controls Gaza. Unlike the Security Council resolutions, those adopted in the General Assembly are non-binding.

Australia, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Solomon Islands and Togo joined Israel and the United States in voting against the resolution.

US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley speaks in favor of an amendment condemning Hamas during a General Assembly debate.

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.

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