GA / GAZA RESOLUTION

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The UN General Assembly adopted today a resolution in favour of providing protection for Palestinian civilians living under occupation. UNIFEED
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STORY: GA / GAZA RESOLUTION
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DATELINE: 13 JUNE 2018, NEW YORK CITY

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FILE - NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, UNHQ exterior

13 JUNE 2018, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, General Assembly Hall
3. Wide shot, voting board
4. Close up, hand of delegate voting
5. Wide shot, General Assembly Hall
6. Wide shot, voting results
7. Pan right, delegates clapping
8. Med shot, Israeli ambassador
9. Med shot, US ambassador
10. Wide shot, Palestinian delegation clapping
11. Wide shot, Haley at podium
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Nikki Haley, Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations:
“What makes Gaza different for some is that attacking Israel is their favourite political sport. That’s why we’re here today. The nature of this resolution clearly demonstrates that politics is driving the day. It is totally one-sided. It makes not one mention of Hamas, who routinely initiates violence in Gaza. Such one-sided resolutions at the UN do nothing to advance peace between Israel and the Palestinians. Everyone recognizes that.”
13. Wide shot, Palestinian ambassador as podium
14. SOUNDBITE (English) Riyad Mansour, Permanent Representative of Palestine to the United Nations:
“As the occupation intensifies in its brutality -witnessed every single day in the oppression, intimidation and humiliation of Palestinian men, women and children by the Israeli occupying forces and extremist settlers - and as the dangerous political impasse persists, the need to protect our people under this occupation remains urgent and unquestionable.”
15. Wide shot, Israeli delegation
16. SOUNDBITE (English) Riyad Mansour, Permanent Representative of Palestine to the United Nations:
“To condemn, to regret, to express concern is not sufficient. We need action. We need protection of our civilian population. And why should that be offending anyone? We’re just asking for a simple thing. We want our civilian population to be protected. Is that a crime to ask for?”
17. Wide shot, Iranian delegation
18. SOUNDBITE (English) Danny Danon, Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations:
“The resolution before you today does not protect innocent Palestinians. It does not protect innocent Israelis. It does not condemn or even mention Hamas, the terror group directly responsible for the violence in our region. By supporting this resolution, you are colluding with a terrorist organization. By supporting this resolution, you are empowering Hamas.”
19. Wide shot, Palestinian delegation
20. SOUNDBITE (English) Danny Danon, Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations:
“The devastation in Syria that has claimed 500,000 lives and displaced seven million people has never resulted in an emergency special session of the General Assembly. This type of world-wide assault is reserved only for Israel. It is not criticism, it is not difference in opinion on policy, it is anti-Semitism.”
21. Wide shot, General Assembly Hall

STORYLINE:

The UN General Assembly adopted today a resolution in favour of providing protection for Palestinian civilians living under occupation.

The resolution received 120 votes in favour, eight against, and 45 abstentions. It deplored the use of indiscriminate force by Israeli forces against Palestinian civilians in Gaza Strip, and the use of live ammunition against civilian protesters, including children, as well as medical personnel and journalists. The resolution also calls on all sides to respect international law and condemns all acts of violence against civilians.

An amendment proposed by the United States which would have specifically named Hamas failed to pass, despite receiving 62 votes in favour and 58 against, as it did not receive the required two-thirds majority.

Prior to the vote, US ambassador Nikki Haley said there were many urgent issue which demanded the attention of the international community but what makes Gaza different for some “is that attacking Israel is their favourite political sport.” She said the resolution was “totally one-sided” as it did not mention Hamas, “who routinely initiates violence in Gaza.” She stressed that such resolutions at the UN “do nothing to advance peace between Israel and the Palestinians” adding that advancing peace was not the goal of the resolution.

Palestinian ambassador Riyad Mansour said the decision to bring the issue to the General Assembly was prompted by the Security Council's failure to act as a result of a US veto. He said the illegal military occupation was a root cause of the recurrent and emergent crises Palestinians face. He underscored that as the occupation “intensifies in its brutality -witnessed every single day in the oppression, intimidation and humiliation of Palestinian men, women and children by the Israeli occupying forces and extremist settlers - and as the dangerous political impasse persists, the need to protect our people under this occupation remains urgent and unquestionable.”

Mansour stressed that words of condemnation and concern were no sufficient. He said, “We need action; we need protection of our civilian population; and why should that be offending anyone? We’re just asking for a simple thing; we want our civilian population to be protected. Is that a crime to ask for?”

Israeli ambassador Danny Danon said by supporting the resolution, members were “colluding with a terrorist organization” and empowering Hamas. He reaffirmed that Israel had a right to defend itself adding that the resolution did not protect innocent Palestinians or Israelis. He asked delegates what they would do if the General Assembly was attacking their country for defending itself adding that the protestors in Gaza were not unarmed and nor defenceless.

Danon said, “The devastation in Syria that has claimed 500,000 lives and displaced seven million people has never resulted in an emergency special session of the General Assembly. This type of world-wide assault is reserved only for Israel. It is not criticism, it is not difference in opinion on policy, it is anti-Semitism.”
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