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.
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"By supporting this resolution you are colluding with a terrorist organization, by supporting this resolution you are empowering Hamas", Danon said.
Prior to the vote, the USA attempted to add an amendment to the bill denouncing Palestinian political and militant group Hamas for its part in stoking violence between Israelis and Palestinians. Israeli troops have killed more than 100 Palestinians - Hamas has acknowledged that many of them are members - in two months of protests. General Assembly President Miroslav Lajcak declared that under United Nations rules a two-thirds vote was needed so the amendment failed.
"We need protection of our civilian population", Palestinian U.N. envoy Riyad Mansour told the General Assembly before the vote, adding that the resolution was "intended to contribute to a de-escalation of the volatile situation".
Israel's U.N. Ambassador Danny Danon issued a statement welcoming the USA amendment.
"The terrorist group Hamas bears primary responsibility for the very bad living conditions in Gaza", Haley said ahead of the vote.
We need protection for our civilian population. "Is that a crime to ask for?" he said. Human Rights Watch said this week that Israel's use of lethal force against Palestinian demonstrators in the Gaza Strip in recent weeks may constitute war crimes.
The Palestinians sought a Security Council resolution after Israel's military killed civilians during mass protests in Gaza aimed at the border blockade imposed by Israel and Egypt in 2007 after Hamas overran the territory.
The resolution is unlikely to lead to any action against Israel because the United States, a close ally of the nation, would veto it.
"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 draft resolution being considered Wednesday was proposed by Arab and Islamic countries.
Australia, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Solomon Islands and Togo joined Israel and the United States in voting against the resolution.
Unlike the Security Council, resolutions adopted by the assembly are non-binding and there is no veto.
The 50 year-old reputation of the UN General Assembly as a trusty platform for incitement against the State of Israel acquired its first blemish on Wednesday evening, when a plurality of member states voted in favor of a US-sponsored amendment condemning Hamas for the deadly violence on the border between Israel and Gaza.
Clashes along Israel's border with Gaza have escalated significantly in recent months, following U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital which infuriated Palestinians, who share claims to the city.
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