Group Blasts UN Council Resolution Condemning Israel Social, Economic Policy Toward Palestinians
Israel was the only country in the world to be condemned at the United Nations Economic and Social Council at its annual meeting, U.N. Watch reported on Thursday.
France and Germany joined 39 other nations in criticizing the Jewish state for a “litany of crimes including ‘the dumping of all kinds of waste materials in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and in the occupied Syrian Golan,’” according to the report.
U.N. Watch questioned why the belligerent terrorist organizations Hamas and Islamic Jihad were not mentioned once by the resolution or the often inciting Palestinian Liberation Organization.
The monitoring group — whose headquarters are in Geneva — also wondered why Syria was mentioned regarding Israel’s apparent dumping of waste in the Golan Heights, while the Syrian regime responsible for tens of thousands of deaths in an ongoing civil war was not even mentioned once.
In the Economic and Social Council hearing, Syrian ambassador Bashar Jaafari even took to the podium to accuse Israel of facilitating terrorist attacks against Syrians.
The resolution, which was adopted by 42 of 54 member states including European countries — the U.S. and Australia were the only to vote against it — discussed the economic and social repercussions of “Israeli occupation on the living conditions of the Palestinian people” in the West Bank, east Jerusalem and the Golan Heights, territories captured by Israel in 1967 Arab-Israeli war.
The resolution expresses extreme alarm at the unemployment rate (43% by World Bank numbers) in the Gaza Strip, though it blames that mostly on Israel’s blockade rather than Gaza-ruling Hamas policies: Hamas was not mentioned once in the resolution. It also called for the permanent opening of border crossings and the removal of explosives leftover from last summer’s fighting between the IDF and Hamas in the Gaza Strip.
And the resolution said the council was “gravely concerned” at increased Israeli settlement building especially in east Jerusalem and the Golan Heights, both of which Israel has annexed.
Earlier this week, despite Israeli efforts, the U.N. approved accreditation for the Palestine Return Center, a U.K.-based nongovernmental organization Israel says has ties to Hamas.
And the U.N. Human Rights Council voted recently to adopt a report which found apparent evidence of Israeli war crimes during the conflict with Hamas in Gaza, which was also implicated.