Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Malaysia welcomes United Nations resolution on greater protection for Palestinians | Malaysia

Malaysia welcomes United Nations resolution on greater protection for Palestinians | Malaysia

The United Nations General Assembly voted Wednesday on an Arab-backed resolution to condemn Israel for force against Palestinian civilians, including "excessive, indiscriminate force by the Israeli forces".

The resolution's text deplores "any excessive use of force" by Israeli forces, particularly in Gaza, and demands that Israel "refrain from such actions".

The draft asks Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to make proposals 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 global protection mechanism".

The vote came after a similarly drafted resolution failed at the U.N. Security Council because of a US veto on June 1.

Former commander of the Gaza Division Brigadier-General Eyal Eisenberg has said Israel should change the way it deals with Hamas in the Gaza Strip. Assembly members voted in favor of the USA amendment but fell short of the two-thirds majority needed, so the amendment failed.

The U.S. amendment to condemn Hamas, which was voted on first, was approved by a vote of 62-58 with 42 abstentions.

U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley called that Kuwait-sponsored resolution "grossly one-sided" for criticizing the use of force by Israel while not mentioning the Islamic militant group Hamas, which rules Gaza. Israel says Hamas uses the protests as cover for attacks on the border fence.

Haley sent a letter to United Nations ambassadors Tuesday calling the proposed General Assembly resolution "fundamentally imbalanced" for not mentioning Hamas. It was adopted at an emergency special session, and introduced by Algeria, Turkey and the Palestinians. According to HRW, since the demonstrations started on March 20, at least 118 people were killed and 3,895 wounded by the Israeli troops, who use live rounds to quell the protests.

"By supporting this resolution you are colluding with a terrorist organization, by supporting this resolution you are empowering Hamas", Danon said.

"We can not remain silent in the face of the most violent crimes and human rights violations being systematically perpetrated against our people", Mansour said.

The Palestinians had initially sought a Security Council resolution after Israel's military killed civilians during the mass protests in Gaza against the border blockade imposed by Israel and Egypt in 2007 after Hamas overran the territory.

Malaysia has welcomed the adoption of a resolution by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) calling for greater protection for Palestinians.

Amid worldwide condemnation of its use of lethal force, Israel said numerous dead were militants and that the Israeli army was repelling attacks on the border fence between Israel and Gaza. The killings coincided with the opening of the new US embassy in Jerusalem.

It also "deplores the firing of rockets from the Gaza Strip against Israeli civilian areas", but doesn't say who is doing the firing.

In December 128 countries defied President Donald Trump and voted in favor of a U.N. General Assembly resolution calling for the United States to drop its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

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