Palestinian president hails United Nations non-violence vote on Gaza

Palestinian FM Riyadh Al-Maliki

Palestinian FM Riyadh Al-Maliki

The Palestinians' U.N. ambassador, Riyad Mansour, urged the General Assembly to adopt the resolution to address escalating violence in Gaza and "the crisis" of protecting civilians after the killing of more than 120 Palestinians by Israeli military fire.

The resolution passed on Wednesday slammed Israel for "excessive, disproportionate and indiscriminate" use of force in dealing with the mass infiltration attempts along the Israel-Gaza border.

The resolution was adopted by a vote of 120 in favour, eight against, with 45 abstentions.

Unlike a resolution on Palestinian civilian protection that was vetoed by the U.S. in the UN Security Council on 1 June, Wednesday's identical resolution in the Assembly was not subject to the same rules as exist in the Council.

For his part Palestinian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Riyad Malki said in a statement that the call for worldwide protection for the Palestinian people "realistically addresses all of the factors of the current crisis" with Israel.

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Backed by Arab countries, the Palestinians had lobbied to win as many votes on the Gaza resolution as those cast in support of the measure condemning the USA decision on Jerusalem.

Haley called the final General Assembly ruling a "morally bankrupt judgement".

"The nature of this resolution clearly demonstrates that politics is driving the day".

Top Photo | Palestinian protesters evacuate a wounded youth near the Israeli border fence, east of Khan Younis, in the Gaza Strip, Monday, May 14, 2018.

The resolutions are not legally binding but carry political weight.

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According to eye witnesses and activists quoted by Palestinian media, security forces seized cameras from many demonstrators as well as cell phones preventing protesters from filming the event. It is totally one-sided. Hamas was not mentioned at all in the main resolution.

Australia, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Solomon Islands and Togo joined Israel and the United States in voting against the resolution.

Before the votes, Israel's United Nations ambassador, Danny Danon, issued a statement welcoming the USA amendment.

In fact, the Security Council has failed repeatedly when trying to solve the Palestinian issue because, in a certain way, Israel relies on the right to veto enjoyed by one of the permanent members of that body: the United States, as the Bolivian ambassador noted.

Palestinian Ambassador Riyad Mansour dismissed the USA amendments blaming Hamas as "games and gimmicks" and urged ambassadors not to be "fooled" by the United States proposal.

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