Published: Fri, December 07, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

United Nations rejects USA bid to condemn Palestinian group Hamas

United Nations rejects USA bid to condemn Palestinian group Hamas

Calling for U.N. members to support the move ahead of the vote, Haley pointed to the many U.N. General Assembly resolutions criticizing Israel and said such a statement on Hamas would be an opportunity for the "right a historic wrong" by correcting its "awful record" of passing resolutions against Israel. "For their sake, the world should speak out against the destruction of Hamas and what it continues to cause", she said.

Through a procedural vote held before the main vote on the resolution, the Assembly had voted to apply the two-thirds majority requirement for the adoption of the draft.

"While it did not achieve a two-thirds majority, this is the first time that a majority of countries have voted against Hamas and I commend each of the 87 countries that took a principled stand against Hamas", he said.

The Hamas leader further noted that the vote against the US-drafted resolution is a tremendous achievement for the Palestinian people and all brotherly countries. The UN has a chance to condemn Hamas for the first time.

The U.S. -led resolution would have condemned Hamas for "repeatedly firing rockets into Israel and for inciting violence, thereby putting civilians at risk".

It outlined the basis for comprehensive Israeli-Palestinian peace and referred to a December 2016 Security Council resolution that condemned Israeli settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem as a "flagrant violation" of worldwide law.

Israel's UN Ambassador Danny Danon said the countries that rejected the draft resolution should be ashamed. "Just last Friday there was no decision that resolutions under this same agenda item had to be adopted by a two-thirds vote".

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It calls for "the achievement, without delay, of a comprehensive and lasting peace in the Middle East" on the basis of United Nations resolutions, singling out the December 2016 measure, and reaffirms "unwavering support. for the two-state solution of Israel and Palestine, living side by side in peace and security within recognized borders, based on the pre-1967 borders".

The United Nations today voted down a United States resolution condemning Hamas terrorism, with states such as Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Iran banding together to claim that the resolution was faulty for not assessing blame to Israel.

Mansour al-Otaibi, the permanent representative of Kuwait to the United Nations, said if the Israeli "occupation" of the Palestinians would end, this resolution would not be necessary. "I thank Ambassador Haley for her close cooperation in fighting for the truth that led to the formation of an unprecedented coalition for Israel and against terrorism".

Israel captured Gaza in the 1967 Middle East war but withdrew in 2005, while holding onto most of the separate West Bank, where Palestinians have limited self-rule.

She also posed the question of the resolution in stark terms: "The question before us now is whether the United Nations thinks terrorism is acceptable if, and only if, it is directed against Israel".

The resolution "Activities of Hamas and other militant groups in Gaza" got 87 votes in favour, 58 against with 32 abstentions.

The overwhelming support for the Irish resolution reflects global support for action "without delay" toward an end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and a two-state solution.

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