UN Assem­bly blames Is­rael for vi­o­lence in en­clave

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A Pales­tinian-backed res­o­lu­tion blam­ing Is­rael for vi­o­lence in Gaza was ap­proved by the UN Gen­eral Assem­bly.

The pro­posed res­o­lu­tion de­plor­ing Is­rael’s “ex­ces­sive use of force” was passed on Wed­nes­day with 120 votes to 8 and 45 ab­sten­tions. It passed after the UN nar­rowly re­jected a US de­mand to add a con­dem­na­tion of at­tacks on Is­rael by Gaza’s Ha­mas rulers.

The con­fronta­tion over Gaza, re­flect­ing decades-old di­vi­sions be­tween Is­rael and Pales­tine, played out with a few new twists.

The Al­ge­rian am­bas­sador, Sabri Boukadoum, rep­re­sent­ing Arab na­tions, first sought to block a vote on the US amend­ment, say­ing it was not rel­e­vant to the res­o­lu­tion. He said it also un­der­mined rec­on­cil­i­a­tion ef­forts be­tween ri­val Pales­tinian fac­tions Ha­mas and Fatah, as well as the “re­mote prospects” of re­viv­ing peace ne­go­ti­a­tions with Is­rael.

His mo­tion to take “no ac­tion” on the amend­ment was de­feated by a vote of 59-78 with 26 ab­sten­tions, al­low­ing the US amend­ment to be put to a vote.

The US amend­ment was ap­proved by a 62-58 vote, with 42 ab­sten­tions. But Gen­eral Assem­bly Pres­i­dent Miroslav La­j­cak said that un­der an assem­bly rule, a two-thirds ma­jor­ity was needed, so the amend­ment failed. The US am­bas­sador Nikki Ha­ley ap­pealed but the US lost the vote 66-73 with 26 ab­sten­tions.

More than 120 Pales­tini­ans have been killed and at least 3,800 wounded by Is­raeli sol­diers since March 30. Most of them were un­armed.

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