Israel's use of lethal force 'could amount to war crime'

The Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee votes on a bill meant to discourage the Palestinian Authority from continuing to pay terrorists

The Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee votes on a bill meant to discourage the Palestinian Authority from continuing to pay terrorists

Haley touted the USA amendment implicating Hamas in the violence and incitement in Gaza to balance the resolution put forward condemning Israel for "excessive violence" in response to the riots.

The U.S. amendment was approved by a 62-58 vote, with 42 abstentions. It also seeks recommendations to protect Palestinian civilians.

US Ambassador Nikki Haley slammed the Arab-backed measure as "fundamentally imbalanced" for its failure to mention Hamas and has proposed an amendment that condemns the Palestinian militant group.

U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley appealed, citing another rule that says only a majority vote was required. The U.S. narrowly lost that vote 66-73 with 26 abstentions.

The United Nations has passed a resolution calling for global protection for civilians living in the occupied Palestinian territories.

Later Wednesday afternoon, the General Assembly voted to adopt the non-binding resolution without the USA amendment mentioning Hamas.

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The draft General Assembly resolution calls for "immediate steps towards ending the closure and the restrictions imposed by Israel on movement and access into and out of the Gaza Strip".

"This was a badge of shame for the U.N.", Danon said. "Therefore we need a fundamental change in the rules of the game as well as the players". "Is that a crime to ask for?" he said.

The proposal further called "for the consideration of measures to guarantee the safety and protection of the Palestinian civilian population", pointing particularly to Gaza, where more than 127 Palestinians have been killed and thousands more wounded by Israeli forces fire during recent mass demonstrations.

It deplored the use of indiscriminate force by Israeli forces against Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip, and the use of live ammunition against civilian protesters, including children, as well as medical personnel and journalists.

He was fully backed by Turkey on behalf of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, and Algeria on behalf of the Arab League.

The vote came after a similarly drafted resolution failed at the U.N. Security Council because of a US veto on June 1.

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"But the common practice of turning a blind eye to the U.N.'s anti-Israel bias is changing", she said.

"Israel's use of lethal force when there was no imminent threat to life has taken a heavy toll in life and limb", said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director at Human Rights Watch.

Palestinian Ambassador Riyad Mansour said Tuesday night that he is lobbying 191 member states - all but the US and Israel - and expects to win.

It also "deplores the firing of rockets from the Gaza Strip against Israeli civilian areas", but doesn't say who is doing the firing.

While resolutions in the General Assembly are not legally binding, they carry political implication that can spark worldwide action.

The General Assembly vote on Wednesday garnered fewer votes in favor than a similar one in December that rejected President Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

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