The UN General Assembly in New York on Wednesday adopted a resolution condemning Israel for excessive use of force against Palestinian civilians and asked UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres to recommend an international protection mechanism for occupied Palestinian territory.
The resolution — put forward by Algeria, Turkey and the Palestinians — passed with 120 votes in favor, eight against and 45 abstentions.
The text of the resolution also condemned the firing of rockets from Gaza into Israeli civilian areas.
“We need protection of our civilian population,” the UN Palestinian envoy, Riyad Mansour, told the General Assembly before the vote. He said the resolution, which has no legal weight, 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 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.” “The nature of this resolution clearly demonstrates that politics is driving the day,” US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said prior to the vote. “It is totally one-sided. It makes not one mention of the Hamas terrorists who routinely initiate the violence in Gaza.” The US failed in its effort to amend the resolution with a paragraph that blames Hamas for initiating violence in Gaza.
More than 120 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces in Gaza border protests since March 30.
Source: Kuwait News Agency