The UN condemns Israel for excessive response in Gaza

The UN condemns Israel for excessive response in Gaza

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The approved text deplores the “excessive, disproportionate and indiscriminate use of force” by Israel against the Palestinians.

The General Assembly of the United Nations approved on Wednesday (13.06.2018) a resolution urging Israel to put a brake on violence against Palestinian demonstrators in the Gaza Strip and which was rejected by the United States.

The non-binding resolution, presented by several Arab countries, was approved in a session held today in New York by 120 nations, while eight rejected it and 45 abstained. An amendment submitted by the United States at the last moment, which questioned the radical Palestinian organization Hamas, did not obtain the necessary majority of two thirds of the 193 member states.

The approved text deplores the “excessive, disproportionate and indiscriminate use of force” by Israel against the Palestinians. He also criticizes the launch of rockets from the Strip

towards Israel, but does not mention Hamas. The resolution also asks the UN Secretary General, António Guterres, to present proposals to improve the security of the Palestinians, as a possible mission of protection of the United Nations.

The session in the General Assembly follows a meeting of the Security Council in which the United States blocked a similar resolution. The session was held at the request of Palestine, which in 2012 was admitted to the UN as an observer State. The resolutions of the plenary assembly are not binding as those of the Security Council.

For her part, the US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, criticized the resolution, which she described as “totally partial”, and considered that its adoption reflects “a morale-lacking judgment that the recent violence in Gaza is just guilt From Israel”.

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