UNSC Rejects US resolution to Condemn Hamas

The United Nations Security Council has rejected a draft resolution submitted by the United States to condemn the Hamas

Fighters from the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of the Palestinian Hamas movement, take part in a military show ahead of the 30th anniversary of the movement's founding in the southern Gaza Strip city of Khan Yunis on December 5, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SAID KHATIB
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The United Nations Security Council has rejected a draft resolution submitted by the United States to condemn the Hamas for the latest wave of violence in the Gaza Strip.

The proposal had only one affirmative vote, from the US, while another 11 countries abstained and Bolivia, Kuwait and Russia voted against.

The document was criticized by several countries that abstained because it did not include any condemnation of violence by the Zionist entity.

“As proposed, the text does not reflect a balanced and impartial approach to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict,” said the representative of France in the Security Council.

Earlier, Washington was also alone in voting against a draft resolution drafted by Kuwait that condemned Israel’s responsibility for violence in the Gaza Strip.

The United States has blocked a draft UN Security Council resolution on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, condemning the use of Israeli force against the Palestinians.

“The draft resolution was not adopted because a permanent member of the Security Council voted against it,” said the Russian Federation’s permanent representative to the United Nations, Vassily Nebenzya.

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The United States also has the veto right as one of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council.

The draft resolution submitted by Kuwait called for the parties involved in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict to refrain from using force. In addition, the document condemns Israel’s use of “excessive and indiscriminate force”, including actual ammunition against peaceful Palestinians. The document also called for the protection of peaceful Palestinians living in the territories occupied by Israel, including in the Gaza Strip.

Meanwhile, Israeli intelligence minister Yisrael Katz said the country should suspend ties with the Gaza Strip in retaliation for the latest eruption of violence in the area and cut off power supplies among other restrictive measures.

This will certainly trigger violence as Abdul Sattar Kassem, a professor of political science, said.

“Palestinian resistance is still there in Gaza and will remain there. It’s a shame that American policies are trying to reward aggressive Israel at the expense of the Palestinians,” he said.

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