Is­rael us­ing ex­ces­sive force: UN

Con­demned fir­ing of rock­ets

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THE UN Gen­eral As­sem­bly con­demned Is­rael yes­ter­day for ex­ces­sive use of force against Pales­tinian civil­ians and asked UN 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 by Al­ge­ria, Turkey and the Pales­tini­ans af­ter the US ve­toed a sim­i­lar res­o­lu­tion in the UN 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.

“The na­ture of this res­o­lu­tion clearly demon­strates that pol­i­tics is driv­ing the day. It makes not one men­tion of the Ha­mas ter­ror­ists who rou­tinely ini­ti­ate the vi­o­lence in Gaza,” US am­bas­sador to the UN Nikki Ha­ley said.

The US 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 UN am­bas­sador Danny Danon said.

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

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 US moved its em­bassy in Is­rael to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv.

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 UN en­voy Riyad Man­sour said, 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. – Reuters/ African News Agency (ANA)

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