For some, attacking Israel
is their favorite political sport. Thats why we are here today,
Nikki Haley said
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 US bid to
blame Hamas for the violence.
The resolution deplores Israels use of excessive,
disproportionate and indiscriminate force against Palestinian
civilians and calls for protection measures for Palestinians in
Gaza and the West Bank.
At least 129 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire
during protests near the border with Gaza that began at the end of
March. No Israelis have died.
The resolution put forward by Algeria and Turkey on behalf of
Arab and Muslim countries won 120 votes in the 193-member assembly,
with 8 votes against and 45 abstentions.
An amendment presented by the United States condemning Hamas for
inciting violence along the border with Gaza failed to garner the
two-third majority needed for adoption.
US Ambassador Nikki Haley dismissed the resolution as one-sided
and accused Arab countries of trying to score political points at
home by seeking to condemn Israel at the United Nations.
For some, attacking Israel is their favorite political sport.
Thats why we are here today, Haley told the assembly.
I wish everyone supporting this one-sided resolution would put
as much energy into encouraging President Abbas to the negotiating
table, she said.
Four Palestinians were
killed by Israeli fire on the Gaza border on Friday, as weeks of
deadly clashes with protesters continued
Mohammed ABED (AFP)
France was among 12 EU countries that backed the resolution, but
Britain abstained along with Italy, Poland and 13 other EU
member-states. Russia and China voted in favor.
Australia, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, the Solomon
Islands and Togo joined the United States and Israel in voting
against the resolution.
Taking the podium, Israeli Ambassador Danny Danon assailed the
measure as an....