Beit Hanoun struck today by Israeli aircraft.

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 favor, 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 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 organization, by supporting this resolution you are empowering Hamas,” Israel’s U.N. Ambassador Danny Danon told the General Assembly before the vote.

Australia, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Solomon Islands and Togo joined Israel and the United States 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 United States moved its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv.

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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 favor of a U.N. General Assembly resolution calling for the United States to drop its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Source: Reuters

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So Australia ( disgraceful ) US ( as expected ) and Israel voted against , the other countries (little islands with two Palm trees and one long drop ) that produce a box of bananas a year which Israel promised to pay double for , don’t really count .Oh yes so Nauru digs up a million years of bird s**t and sells it as fertilizer is better than a box of bananas but .. Israel as always will take notice and immediately comply as usual , oh you mean they have never ever recognised any resolution made in the UN… Read more »

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You also forgot that all 56 Muslim countries will systematically vote against Israel, no matter if Israel is right or wrong. Add 64 that get big contracting or subsides from oil-rich Gulf states not willing to ruin these and Hamas being part of the Muslim-Brotherhood/al-Qaeda “galaxy”, the 45 remainders shïtting in their pants about having terrorist attacks or also having to forget about huge GCC contracts if they don’t abstain. At the UNSC, the same game happens as for sure US will veto, so they can use the bias, but let me tell you one thing : if US reversed,… Read more »

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Another fail for Israel. should we wait for Netanyahu to bark about Iran over and over again?

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56 Muslim states and hundreds of millions racists and Muslims bark about Israel over and over again and even tried to genocide Netanyahu’s people over and over again… So why wouldn’t he?

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“The General Assembly text condemned the firing of rockets from Gaza into Israeli civilian areas, but did not mention Hamas, the group that controls Gaza.” => ROFL, Hamastan is ruled by a terrorist group in brotherhood with al-Qaeda/al-Nusra! They all fear a 9-11 on their territory… Maybe Israelis should do like PLO, e.g. bombing a few airliners to gain support? e.g. since PLO bombed a Swissair Convair-900, they all have Swiss bank accounts… “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… Read more »