The UN General Assembly condemns Israel’s “excessive force” in Gaza

Early Thursday, the UN General Assembly voted for an Arab-backed resolution condemning Israel for “excessive use of force” in the Gaza Strip and calling for protection for its Palestinian civilian population.  It referred to the 130 Palestinian casualties in cross-border clashes with Israeli troops. The measure was carried by 120 nations, with 45 abstaining and eight voting against, including the US, Australia and Israel. US Ambassador Nikki Haley proposed amendments to the one-sided resolution that would also condemn Hamas for firing rockets into Israel, inciting violence during the border protests and using resources that could help civilians build terror tunnels to infiltrate Israel. Her proposal failed to obtain the mandatory two-thirds support. Unlike the Security Council, General assembly resolutions are nonbinding.

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