Published: Sun, June 17, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Abbas Welcomes UN General Assembly Resolution on Palestinian Protection

Abbas Welcomes UN General Assembly Resolution on Palestinian Protection

United Nations, United States: The UN General Assembly on Wednesday adopted by a strong majority of 120 countries an Arab-backed resolution condemning Israel for Palestinian deaths in Gaza and rejected a U.S. bid to put the blame on Hamas.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas welcomed the passing of a U.N. General Assembly resolution on protecting the Palestinian people which was adopted Wednesday with a majority of votes.

While passage of the resolution condemning Israel passed overwhelmingly, Ahren speculated that the vote for the amendment "underlined that Israel's enemies don't automatically win every single vote in the global body, and showed that more countries wanted to temper the anti-Israel resolution they were about to support with a condemnation of Hamas than not". The United States-sponsored condemnation was an amendment to a resolution that condemned Israel for the deaths of 120 Gazans in almost three months of Hamas-led violent riots.

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.

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The resolution also criticised the firing of rockets from the Gaza Strip into Israel, but did not explicitly mention Hamas, the Islamist group which rules Gaza.

Addressing the assembly, US Ambassador Nikki Haley dismissed the resolution as biased against Israel and accused Arab countries of trying to score political points at home by seeking to condemn Israel at the United Nations.

Over 1,500 people demonstrated in Ramallah's main square after artists, journalists and activists issued calls to protest in solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza, where thousands have been injured by Israeli snipers since the Great March of Return began on March 30.

Palestinians in the Gaza Strip held Friday prayers for the Muslim feast of Eid al-Fitr on the tense border with Israel, but plans to set massive brush fires inside the Jewish state did not materialize. "That's why we're here today".

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Human rights organization Amnesty International said a member of its staff was detained and tortured by PA security forces.

"We need protection of our civilian population", Riyad Mansour, the Palestinian envoy to the United Nations, said at the General Assembly's emergency session prior to voting.

After several rounds of procedural voting, and delays over tallying votes, the United States text secured the support of 62 countries, with 58 against; coming up short of the two-thirds majority needed.

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The United States failed in a bid to amend the resolution with a paragraph that would have condemned violence by Hamas. That being said, an "international protective mechanism" would have to be approved by the Security Council, where the United States has veto power.

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