UN / GAZA GENERAL ASSEMBLY EMERGENCY VOTE

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After rejecting an amendment proposed by Canada and the United States, the General Assembly, by 120 votes in favour, 14 against and 45 abstentions adopted a resolution calling for an immediate and sustained humanitarian truce in Gaza. UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 27 OCTOBER 2023, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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FILE - NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations Headquarters

27 OCTOBER 2023, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, General Assembly
3. Wide shot, Egypt Ambassador Osama Mahmoud Abdel Khalek Mahmoud walks up to the GA rostrum
4. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Osama Mahmoud Abdel Khalek Mahmoud, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Egypt:
“The truth is clear and wouldn't need any repetition or explanation or elaboration if we all applied one standard rather than double standards. It is one standard known to us all, Mr. President: no to targeting civilians, no to terrorism, no to violating international humanitarian law, no to bombarding hospitals and medical centres, no to killing children, no to the siege, and no to cutting off all basic necessities of life. No to forcible displacement and liquidating the rights of people, no to genocide. All people are equal.”
5. Wide shot, United States Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield walks up to the rostrum
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, United States:
“It is outrageous that this resolution fails to name the perpetrators of the October 7th terrorist attacks: Hamas. Hamas. It is outrageous. Another key word missing in this resolution is: Hostage. This resolution makes no mention of the innocent people – including citizens of many of you in this room – many of you here today who have citizens who are being held hostage by Hamas and other terrorist groups. These are omissions of evil. And they give cover to, and they empower, Hamas' brutality.”
7. Wide shot, Thomas-Greenfield at the rostrum
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, United States:
“As President Biden said yesterday, there is no going back to the status quo as it stood on October 6th. We must not go back to the status quo where Hamas terrorizes Israel and uses Palestinian civilians as human shields. And we must not go back to the status quo where extremist settlers can attack and terrorize Palestinians in the West Bank. The status quo is untenable, and it is unacceptable.”
9. Wide shot, GA
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Bob Rae, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Canada:
“Any life lost is a tragedy. There is no hierarchy of death. Yet the critical reason for how we got here has already been forgotten by so many as if it never happened. But just two weeks ago, Hamas terrorists killed over 1,400 Israelis, not even mentioned in the comments by my friend from Jordan with their own hands and weapons and read sheer terror on the people of Israel.”
11. Wide shot, delegates
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Munir Akram, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Pakistan
“The enormity of the crimes that are being committed by Israel against the Palestinian people are so great and enormous, that it is amazing that when my friend from Canada insists on naming the organization Hamas, that he does not feel the need for the equity and balance and fairness - for which Canada is so well known - he does not feel the need to name Israel for killing 7,000 Palestinians.”
13. Various shots, vote on amendment
14. UPSOUND (English) Dennis Francis, President, General Assembly
“The result of the vote is as follows. In favour 88. Against 55. Abstentions 23. Having failed to obtain a two thirds majority of members present and voting, draft amendment A/ES-10/L.26 is not adopted.”
15. Wide shot, delegates applauding
16. Various shots, vote on GA resolution
14. UPSOUND (English) Dennis Francis, President, General Assembly
“The result of the vote is as follows. In favour 120. Against 14. Abstentions 45. Draft resolution A/ES10/L.25 is adopted.”
15. Pan left, delegates applauding

STORYLINE:

After rejecting an amendment proposed by Canada and the United States, the General Assembly, by 120 votes in favour 120, 14 against and 45 abstentions, today (27 Oct) adopted a resolution calling for an immediate and sustained humanitarian truce.

Speaking in support of the draft resolution, Egypt’s Ambassador Osama Mahmoud Abdel Khalek Mahmoud said, “the truth is clear and wouldn't need any repetition or explanation or elaboration if we all applied one standard rather than double standards.”

He said, “no to targeting civilians, no to terrorism, no to violating international humanitarian law, no to bombarding hospitals and medical centres, no to killing children, no to the siege, and no to cutting off all basic necessities of life, no to forcible displacement and liquidating the rights of people, no to genocide. All people are equal.”

For her part, United States Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield said, “it is outrageous that this resolution fails to name the perpetrators of the October 7th terrorist attacks: Hamas. Hamas. It is outrageous. Another key word missing in this resolution is: Hostage.”

Thomas-Greenfield said, “these are omissions of evil. And they give cover to, and they empower, Hamas' brutality.”

The United States and Canada proposed an amendment to the draft to include those considerations.

The US Ambassador said, “there is no going back to the status quo as it stood on October 6th. We must not go back to the status quo where Hamas terrorizes Israel and uses Palestinian civilians as human shields. And we must not go back to the status quo where extremist settlers can attack and terrorize Palestinians in the West Bank. The status quo is untenable, and it is unacceptable.”

Speaking before the vote, Canadian Ambassador Bob Rae said, “any life lost is a tragedy. There is no hierarchy of death. Yet the critical reason for how we got here has already been forgotten by so many as if it never happened. But just two weeks ago, Hamas terrorists killed over 1,400 Israelis, not even mentioned in the comments by my friend from Jordan with their own hands and weapons and read sheer terror on the people of Israel.”

Pakistan’s Ambassador Munir Akram said, “the enormity of the crimes that are being committed by Israel against the Palestinian people are so great and enormous, that it is amazing that when my friend from Canada insists on naming the organization Hamas, that he does not feel the need for the equity and balance and fairness - for which Canada is so well known - he does not feel the need to name Israel for killing 7,000 Palestinians.”

The rejected amendment received 88 votes in favour 88, 55 against 55 and 23 abstentions.

Although the General Assembly resolutions are an important expression of world opinion, the Assembly cannot force a Member State to follow its recommendations on a particular issue.
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