UN Votes Not to Condemn Hamas Over Gaza Riots

Hundreds of Palestinians stage a protest in Ramallah against sanctions imposed by the Palestinian Authority on the Gaza Strip

The United Nations General Assembly voted Wednesday to blame Israel for violence in Gaza last month, rejecting a US amendment that would have condemned Hamas as well.

The assembly then voted on the original Palestinian-backed resolution which was approved by a vote of 120-8 with 45 abstentions.

Arab and Islamic nations then chose to seek a vote on virtually the identical resolution at Wednesday's emergency meeting of the General Assembly, where there are no vetoes.

"The global community needs to rip up the old playbook, where Israel conducts investigations that mainly whitewash the conduct of its troops and the U.S. blocks worldwide accountability with its Security Council veto, and instead impose real costs for such blatant disregard for Palestinian lives", said Sarah Leah Whitson, the NGO's Middle East director. General Assembly President Miroslav Lajcak declared that under United Nations rules a two-thirds vote was needed so the amendment failed.

Despite the maneuvers, the Arab-backed resolution is expected to be adopted, but it remains unclear whether a strong majority will support it in the face of strong U.S. opposition.

"I wish everyone supporting this one-sided resolution would put as much energy into encouraging President Abbas to the negotiating table", she said.

The votes reflected wide concern in the 193-member world body that the resolution sponsored by Arab and Islamic nations was one-sided and failed to even mention Hamas, which has fired over 100 rockets at Israel.

"Advancing peace is not the goal of this resolution". Israel accuses Hamas of trying to carry out attacks and damage the border fence under the guise of the protests.

U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley appealed, citing another rule that says only a majority vote was required. Canada abstained on the final Arab-supported resolution.

A USA official also told Axios that the Trump administration wants to launch a peace plan when the circumstances are "right", and that Kushner and Greenblatt are interested in input from the parties involved.

The marchers in Gaza have pressed demands for a "right of return" for descendants of Palestinian refugees to ancestral homes in what is now Israel.

#ThanksCanada: Americans turn to social media to show support after G7 clash
Trump really was as offended as he makes out, it wasn't caused by a Canadian failure to realize that American eyes are watching. Peter Navarro , the director of the White House National Trade Council, took the attacks a step further.

Spin-heavy Afghanistan face India in historic Test
Rashid Khan the star of the Afghan side was welcomed into the attack with three fours off his first over in Test cricket. However, the ball just missed the stumps despite pitching in the line, giving a lifeline for the Delhi batsman .

Iran angered by Nike football boot ban
On Monday Quieroz said that the decision could adversely affect his team's performance in Russian Federation . ESPN reported Monday that the decision follows the US withdrawing last month from the Iran nuclear deal.

The draft General Assembly resolution calls for "immediate steps towards ending the closure and the restrictions imposed by Israel on movement and access into and out of the Gaza Strip".

Haley expressed optimism, however, about the number of countries that supported the US amendment to condemn Hamas.

"Israel's use of lethal force when there was no imminent threat to life has taken a heavy toll in life and limb", said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director at Human Rights Watch.

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.

Algerian Ambassador Sabri Boukadoum, representing Arab nations, first sought to block a vote on the US amendment, saying it wasn't relevant to the resolution.

Haley had warned at the time that Washington was "taking names" of countries that supported the resolution.

The U.S.' support for Israel during the recent uptick in violence on the Gaza-Israel border has been criticized by many human rights groups.

Brett Bruen, a former Obama administration official and president of Global Situation Room, told CBS News at the United Nations on Wednesday that USA actions in the Middle East are "costly for Israel, which has grown further isolated" as the US irritates allies and emboldens adversaries.

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

The resolution calls on U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres to propose an "international protection mechanism" for the Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank.

He warned ambassadors that by supporting the resolution "you are empowering Hamas".

Related News:

  • Arsenal FC Transfer Talk: Lucas Torreira, Sokratis Papastathopoulos

    Arsenal FC Transfer Talk: Lucas Torreira, Sokratis Papastathopoulos

    Sokratis will become the second defender signed by Arsenal so far this summer after right-back Stephan Lichtsteiner joined from Juventus on a free transfer.
    Rebel Wilson has Australian defamation payout slashed

    Rebel Wilson has Australian defamation payout slashed

    Wilson said on Twitter the night before the judgment that she had won the case regardless of the damages awarded. It also reduced her non-economic losses by AU$50,000 ($37,800) to AU$600,000 ($453,600).
    Price manipulation caused Bitcoin's huge 2017 surge, researchers say

    Price manipulation caused Bitcoin's huge 2017 surge, researchers say

    Bitcoin reached its peak price of nearly $20,000 in December but is now trading at around $6,300 according to the Coin Market Cap. Other digital currencies like Ethereum and Litecoin soared at around the same time by as much as 64 percent.
  • Sarah Huckabee Sanders responds to report she’s leaving the Trump administration

    Sarah Huckabee Sanders responds to report she’s leaving the Trump administration

    White House press secretary Sarah Sanders hit back Wednesday night against reports that she was considering leaving her role. However, she did not address the accuracy of the report .
    Business as usual in North Korea as public unaware of summit

    Business as usual in North Korea as public unaware of summit

    Trump traveled to Singapore from Canada, where he met with other world leaders whose countries make up the Group of Seven. White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said USA and North Korean officials would hold working-level talks on Monday.
    Babies, toddlers in US eat way too much added sugar, study finds

    Babies, toddlers in US eat way too much added sugar, study finds

    The earlier patient is introduces to high sugar consumption, the heavier the consequences he or she will face during the life. As for children under the age of 2, it is recommended that they avoid eating foods containing added sugar altogether.
  • Volvo S60 to debut Polestar Engineered package

    Volvo S60 to debut Polestar Engineered package

    The tweaks are also expected to improve refinement of the eight-speed automatic transmission and lower the fuel consumption. We'll have to wait until next week to see the all-new South Carolina-built Volvo S60 in its entirety.
    David & Victoria Beckham: Us? Divorce? Never!

    David & Victoria Beckham: Us? Divorce? Never!

    Victoria Beckham's reps were just as adamant in their denials, calling the divorce claims "absolute nonsense ". It was the couple's first public appearance since divorce rumours surfaced a few days before.

    USA, Canada and Mexico to host 2026 FIFA World Cup

    A cat said to have psychic powers has predicted the victor of the first game in the 2018 World Cup , set to kick off on June 14. ET), teams from Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia will kick off the 2018 World Cup at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.
  • Reaction to Trump-Kim summit

    Reaction to Trump-Kim summit

    I thought it was well done, I showed it to you because that's the future, I mean, that could very well be the future. It seems for Rodman, who has praised Trump for agreeing to meet with Kim, the summit was a redeeming moment.
    IPhone X Plus with Triple Rear Cameras Schematics Leaked

    IPhone X Plus with Triple Rear Cameras Schematics Leaked

    The schematics highlight that the iPhone X Plus will sport a triple rear camera just like the one found on Huawei P20 Pro . Schematics have also leaked for the 6.1-inch "budget" iPhone model that has been dubbed the iPhone 9 .
    Trump upbeat ahead of N.Korean summit:The Asahi Shimbun

    Trump upbeat ahead of N.Korean summit:The Asahi Shimbun

    On the way forward, Pompeo said, "I don't know exactly what the timing will be for our next conversation with the North Koreans". For decades, North Korea has been a pariah state, and now its latest hereditary leader is being treated as a world statesman.


Most liked

Amelia Kerr Becomes Youngest Double Ton Scorer In ODI Cricket
New Zealand now travel across the Irish Sea to face England and South Africa in a Twenty20 tri-series, from June 20-July 1. Before today, Amelia's highest score was 81 not out and that was her lone fifty-plus innings.

Exhaust-ing ordeal: Woman gets head stuck in tailpipe
The pipe that "Tailpipe Girl" got her head stuck in was briefly on display at Darwin Tavern . An underage drinker got her head stuck in a vehicle tailpipe at a country music festival.

Arsenal and Chelsea will play a friendly in Ireland this summer
Oh yes, and Mikel Arteta will be on the touchline at the Emirates Stadium at the start of the new season after all... After the Gunners host the champions, the team now managed by Emery are at Chelsea .

Kansas City In The Running To Host World Cup Soccer In 2026
The majority of the 80 matches in the North American bid would be played in the United States, who hosted the 1994 FIFA World Cup. Edmonton's hopes of becoming a host city for the 2026 FIFA World Cup rest on a final vote Wednesday morning in Moscow.

New Vivo Nex Phone Has No Notch, and Almost No Bezels
Vivo has also incorporated the fingerprint sensor in the display, much like the Vivo X21 , that was launched in India recently. The smartphone features an FHD+ 6.59-inch Super AMOLED display, resolution of 2316 x 1080 pixels and 19.3:9 aspect ratio.

Trump Calls The Free Press 'America's Biggest Enemy'
One can't completely denuclearize without validating, authenticating - you pick the word", he said. Most experts assess that the North Korean leader got the better deal at the summit.

Jaguar E-Pace gets an entry-level petrol engine and smart suspension
The new option is a 2.0 litre Ingenium four-pot with 197bhp, enough for a 7.7 sprint to 62mph and official economy of 34.4mpg. Although adaptive suspension isn't new to Jaguar , it wasn't available with the E-Pace when it was launched previous year .

Conflicting reports over Toby Alderweireld deal
Toby Alderweireld has made it clear he is open to the possibility of staying at Tottenham despite stories linking him with a move.

Donald Trump says North Korea no longer a nuclear threat: ‘sleep well!’
He met Kim again in May when Trump said he was withdrawing from the planned summit with Kim - a decision Trump quickly reversed. Trump's own chest-thumping tweet seemed reminiscent of the "Mission Accomplished" banner flown behind President George W.

Federal Reserve hikes key interest rate for second time in 2018
Powell has repeatedly played down the dot plot as a guide to future interest rates, though investors continue to focus on it. The Fed expects inflation higher than 2% over the next two years , according to its latest projections .

God of War is Getting a New Game Plus Mode
The New Game+ Mode is now being developed and it's unclear precisely when it's going to be released for God of War . There's no date yet, but this will all make it into God of War as a free patch.

North Korea delegation enjoys fruits of Singapore's capitalism
Regis hotel where the lobby has a cream-colored marble floor, chandeliers and large art works on the walls. Trump and Kim will be making history here on Tuesday morning when they shake hands for the first time.

Fans punch on in farcical Fury comeback fight
Britain's Tyson Fury, left, punches Sefer Seferi. "Tyson will step up each time", Warren said at a press conference. He vowed: "I'm happy to to be back and I'll take my career very seriously this time".

After winning Brexit compromise, U.K.'s pro-EU rebels fear betrayal
As ever, Delano will keep you posted. "The vote rejecting the Lords' amendment does not dispose of the issue". Yet another Brexit contradiction it seems and one that rebel, and opposition MPs need to keep a close eye on.

Italy Summons French Envoy After Macron Blasts Refusal to Accept Migrant Ship
He has accused charities of working with human traffickers but said Italy would not stop rescuing migrant boats itself. The port is some 1,500 kilometres (930 miles) from where the ship had been on standby since Saturday night.