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News code: 25582
Published Date: Wednesday 16 May 2018 - 09:16:22

US decision to block UNSC's anti-Israeli draft undermines Washington's credibility

US decision to block UNSC's anti-Israeli draft undermines Washington's credibility
World  - The gulf between Washington and the rest of the world widened Tuesday as a majority of UN countries expressed their distress and anger about violence along the Israeli-Gaza border, CNN reported.

Tuesday marked the anniversary of what Palestinians call the "Nakba" or Catastrophe, in memory of the more than 700,000 Palestinians who were either driven from, or fled, their homes during the Arab-Israeli war that accompanied the creation of the State of Israel in 1948.

On Tuesday, Haley said that, "moving the US embassy to Jerusalem was the right thing to do," and it "reflects the will of the American people," though a poll released in December showed that 63% of Americans opposed the move, including 44% of Republicans.

Haley's defense of Israel came a day after the US blocked a proposed draft of a UN Security Council press statement on the violence and ongoing protests in the Gaza Strip, according to two diplomats with direct knowledge of the matter. Any permanent Security Council member can block or veto resolutions or other actions in the Council.

Kuwait, which presented that press statement, now says it wants to bring a resolution designed to protect the Palestinians. Ambassador Mansour Al-Otaibi said he will circulate the draft resolution to Council members Wednesday, but he offered no details on its contents.There will be a request within the draft-resolution for the Secretary-General to use "whatever is available to him to examine the rules of engagement" and afford protections for the Palestinian people, Riyad Mansour, Permanent Observer of the State of Palestine to the United Nations told reporters.

Human Rights Watch said the US decision to block the proposed draft undermined Washington's credibility.

The move sent "the message that Israeli security forces' calculated killings of protesters will come with no cost," said said Louis Charbonneau, UN director at HRW.

"The Security Council's silence and inaction will only encourage future Israeli abuses in Gaza and further undermine US credibility by highlighting US double standards as it seeks to mobilize the Council to hold abusers to account in crises like Syria and Myanmar," Charbonneau said.

News Code: 25582
Published Date: Wednesday 16 May 2018 - 09:16:22
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