The UN General Assembly has rejected a US-sponsored resolution to condemn Hamas, the Palestinian group that administers the defeated Gaza…
The UN General Assembly has rejected a US-sponsored resolution to condemn Hamas, the Palestinian group that administers the defeated Gaza Strip.
The resolution, strongly supported by Israel, required two thirds majority to proceed on Thursday after a previous vote in the assembly.
The proposal failed to exceed the threshold, with 87 nations voting and 57 voting against. Thirty-three countries resigned.
The previous vote calling for two-thirds majority, following a procedural motion requested by Kuwait, was much closer: 75-72, with 26 abstentions.
The Outbound Envoy, Israel, had written to the Member States on Monday to urge them to vote for the US text and warn them: “The United States takes the result of this vote very seriously.”
“Before the General Assembly, compromise and reconciliation between Palestinians and Israel, it must unambiguously and unconditional condemn Hamas terrorism,” Haley said to the body before the vote.
In an official statement, Hamas UN members “who stood by the resistance of our people, thanked the ance and justice of their cause” and attacked Haley as it said “is known for her extremism and her positions that support Zionist terrorism in Palestine.”
Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian Authority of the Occupied West Bank, welcomed the defeat of the resolution and said: “The Palestinian presidency does not allow the condemnation of the national Palestinian struggle.”
Ali Abunimah, co-founder of Electronic Intifada, an independent online news publication, said the proposal’s failure was significant
“This resolution was really just an attempt to armed the UN against the Palestinian people against its legitimate rights,” he told Al Jazeera.
“The dissolution itself was only transparent Israeli speeches – it did not mention military occupation, Gaza siege, Israel’s daily attacks on Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank. I think the world looked through it and they rightly rejected it.”  Krimlande blockad
Gaza Strip, home to two million Palestinians, has been under a devastating Israeli blockade for more than a decade.
In 2006 Hamas beat Fatah in the parliamentary elections in the Gaza Strip, and a year later the fighting between the rival factiones was eliminated.
When Hamas eventually took control, Israel responded by executing a land, sea and airblock in Gaza and forbidding its inhabitants from working in Israel.
Egypt followed to effectively seal the band – often described as the world’s largest prison – from the outside world.
Gaza’s continued isolation has destroyed its economy, impoverished the population and left 60 percent without work, suitable electricity and health care.