News and Document archive source
copyrighted material disclaimer at bottom of page

NewsMinewar-on-terrorisraeldissent — Viewing Item


Un chastises

Original Source Link: (May no longer be active)
   http://www.upi.com/view.cfm?StoryID=07052002-100713-2099r

http://www.upi.com/view.cfm?StoryID=07052002-100713-2099r

U.N. Assembly chastises Israel 74-4
By William M. Reilly
From the International Desk
Published 5/7/2002 11:02 PM


UNITED NATIONS, May 7 (UPI) -- With 54 nations abstaining as a protest over what they called an imbalanced resolution, the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday condemned by 74-4 vote Israel's West Bank offensive.

The resolution also criticized Israel's failure to cooperate with Secretary-General Kofi Annan's Jenin refugee camp fact-finding team and calls for his own report on Jenin.

Following the Arab Group's failure to get similar pro-Palestinian measures through the Security Council because of threats of vetoes from the United States, the Non-Aligned Movement-sponsored the resolution in the 189-member assembly. However, its resolutions are advisory and do not carry the weight of international rule as does a council resolution.

A last-minute move by the European Union to insert language against terrorist attacks in Israel in the Assembly draft resolution was ignored, according to diplomats. The effort, joined by several other nations, including Japan, resulted in the heavy abstention as a protest to the overall resolution.

The measure "condemns the attacks committed by the Israeli occupying forces," and "condemns also the refusal by Israel ... to cooperate with the secretary-general's fact-finding team."

In a paragraph suggested by the Rio Group, it "emphasizes the importance of the safety and well being of all civilians in the whole Middle East region, and condemns in particular all acts of violence and terror resulting in deaths and injuries among Palestinian and Israeli civilians."

The resolution calls for implementation of the Fourth Geneva Convention regarding the protection of civilians in times of conflict, calling for "concrete action ... to ensure respect by Israel" of the convention.

The measure was adopted shortly after 9 p.m. EDT after a paragraph-by-paragraph vote requested by Russia, which itself endorsed each paragraph and the whole document because, as Ambassador Sergei Lavrov said, they were based on previously approved resolutions passed in the United Nations.

The resolution also calls for full implementation of the March 30 Security Council measure demanding a cease-fire and an end to violence, requests Annan to submit his own report on Jenin "drawing upon the available resources and information," demands an end to Israel's "hindrances and obstacles to the work of humanitarian organizations" and U.N. agencies, calls for "urgently needed assistance and services" to alleviate the current humanitarian situation and reconstruction efforts and "calls upon all concerned parties to redouble their efforts to assist the parties to end the current crisis and bring them back to negotiations towards the achievement of a final settlement on all issues."

Several diplomats said they abstained because the resolution was "unbalanced" in favor of the Palestinian side.

The assembly resumed its 10th emergency special session to consider "illegal Israeli actions in occupied East Jerusalem and the rest of the occupied Palestinian Territory" and to approve the draft measure, introduced by Ambassador Dumisani Kumalo of South Africa on behalf of the Non-Aligned Movement. Kumalo said the Security Council had yet to officially react to that Israeli rejection.

Pretoria's envoy led more than two-dozen speakers in daylong debate, most of whom condemned Israel while supporting the Palestinians.

However, U.S. Ambassador John Negroponte led off his remarks avowing Washington's strong friendship for Israel as well as the Palestinian people.

"The way forward to peace will not be advanced by resolutions such as this or through unbalanced rhetoric that prejudges what the parties must work out," he said. "We believe the best way forward is to advance the comprehensive strategy that the Quartet reaffirmed following its meeting last week (in Washington)."

He was referring to the Quartet of the European Union, Russia, the United Nations and the United States.

Negroponte said the assembly resolution bore little resemblance to council resolutions on the Middle East, failing to mention that the council measures were more balanced because of Washington's refusal to approve any draft that wasn't balanced.

"This resolution is filled with one-sided rhetoric condemning one-party in this two-party conflict," he said. "And for those who believe that resolutions like this one -- and the speeches that endorse them -- help the Palestinian people, I suggest, that such rhetoric does the very opposite. It undermines the credibility of their cause and deepens the divide between the Palestinians and a neighbor with whom one day, sooner or later, they will have to live in peace."

The official Palestinian Observer, Nasser Al-Kidwa, told the assembly that there was a serious crisis in Palestinian territory and the Middle East along with a crisis in the international system, although he wasn't sure which crisis led the other. Nonetheless it was why the resumption of the special session was sought.

"In response to the suicide bombings in Israel, which have been unequivocally condemned by the Palestinian Authority and which have hurt our Palestinian national interest, (Israeli Prime Minister Ariel) Sharon attacked the Palestinian security apparatus instead of attacking the groups that committed these attacks," said Al-Kidwa. "He attacked the Palestinian Authority and the vision of peace instead of attacking the opposite political vision that seeks the continuation of confrontation and violence."

Al-Kidwa said there was "unjustified destruction beyond belief to the infrastructure, including water, electricity and road networks and the destruction of several ministerial buildings with all their properties and records."

One square kilometer of the camp where 13,000 refugees were living, was "obliterated by bulldozers after helicopter gun ships fired missiles," he said, calling on the international community to take a stand "against the horrendous acts committed by the Israeli occupying forces against our people."

The U.N. Development Program said Tuesday that although it would not have an official estimates of damage until May 15, it was allocating $1.5 million for a Palestinian Authority institutions recovery program focusing not only on physical damage to buildings and equipment, but also on strengthening staff through training and policy advice.

Tim Rothermel, the special representative of the UNDP administrator for the Program for Assistance to the Palestinian People, said a rough estimate of total damage in the West Bank could range between $300 million and $400 million.

Ambassador Yehuda Lancry of Israel also saw a challenge for the international community, with Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat freed from Israeli imprisonment in his Ramallah headquarters, once again able to lead his people. "Now is the time to mobilize the forces for peace in the region, to supplement existing efforts and exert maximum pressure to keep the level of violence down."

The Israeli envoy said, "Unfortunately here at the United Nations, it seems that the Palestinian delegation is more comfortable with acrimony than harmony. It would prefer to perpetuate a campaign of disinformation, to continue one-sided condemnation of Israel, and seek new resolutions and other bureaucratic diversions that serve to prevent us from exploiting the opportunity that lies before us.

"Such are the tactics of the Palestinian leadership that, in defiance of all reports from the region, continues to speak of Israeli atrocities, Israeli massacres, and so forth," said Lancry, like Al-Kidwa, a man who speaks in quiet measures. "Today, the international community is well aware that what really transpired in Jenin bears no resemblance to the Palestinian account."

He said 56 Palestinians were killed in Jenin, compared with the hundreds originally reported by the Palestinian leadership, "the overwhelming majority of them armed gunmen," adding that had the international community known that when the council endorsed Annan's fact-finding team, "it is doubtful that a fact-finding effort would have been considered appropriate."


Copyright 2002 United Press International



boycott
davidduke
jewish-hatred
state-dep
turner
150 thousand israelis rally for gaza exit { May 16 2004 }
27 israeli pilots refuse bomb civilians
Aglicans call for israel sanctions { September 24 2004 }
Albert einsert calls israel fascist state
Amnesty accuses israel of rights abuses impunity
Amnesty accuses warcrimes { November 4 2002 }
Anna nicole smith
Anti israeli dress [jpg]
Anti israeli dress { September 19 2002 }
Arab priest calls for christian bombers { January 14 2003 }
Auschwitz visitors with israeli flag verbally assaulted { August 10 2004 }
Boycott [jpg]
British workers union to boycott israeli goods
Britons palestinians { April 24 2002 }
Britons rank israel worst country
Buchanan says arabs have a point { January 16 2006 }
Bush administration objects to israeli purchase { March 23 2006 }
Bush letter criticizes { October 14 2002 }
Bush pullout { May 2 2002 }
Christendom zionist
Christian letter
Christians ashamed
Church leaders israelis tightening
Courage to refuse
Critics on campuses
Desmond israel { April 29 2002 }
Desmond tutu { October 17 2002 }
Doonsbury
Dublin palestinian
Elite israeli troops refuse to serve in territories { December 22 2003 }
Eu adds duties to settlement products { November 26 2003 }
Eu embarrased as poll labels israel biggest threat
Europeans distrust of israel { January 30 2005 }
Filipino nonukes group hails release of israeli whistleblower { April 21 2004 }
Former spanish pm says europe supports palestinians
Invisible enemy
Israel maybe guilty warcrimes { November 1 2000 }
Israel releases british journalist on nuclear story
Israeli ambassador destroys sweden museum exhibit { January 17 2004 }
Israeli sees WWII similarities { May 24 2004 }
Israeli teens oppose
Israelis fear arrests { November 12 2002 }
Israelis refuse wp { January 29 2002 }
Isreal and US top worst image worldwide
Its_the_occupation
Its_The_Occupation_Stupid [jpg]
Jews oust hilliard { June 26 2002 }
July 18 israeli consulate protest ny [jpg]
Mitchell report cnn
Mitchell report { December 2 2001 }
Mordechai vanunu arrested again
Nixon planned to go after israelis { May 27 2004 }
Nuclear whistleblower restricted from leaving israel
Oliver stone
Ousted rep hilliard
Paris airport palestine { July 5 2002 }
Pope humilated
Pope peace
Prime minister daughter active for israeli peace
Pro israel group makes video attacking professor { April 4 2005 }
Refuse to fight
Settlers willing relocate
Shark [jpg]
Step down
Sting sings
Target nonviolence { August 14 2002 }
Telaviv protest
Telephone bomb threat follows campus debate
Un chastises
Unpopular { July 30 2002 }
Us rabbis protest home demolition policies { January 16 2004 }
US vetoes UN condemnation of israel gaza strikes { October 2006 }
Vanunu israeli nuclear whistleblower is released
War wont bring economic salvation { May 6 2003 }
Washington post questions israeli lobby power { July 16 2006 }
Withdraw { April 4 2002 }

Files Listed: 76



Correction/submissions

CIA FOIA Archive

National Security
Archives
Support one-state solution for Israel and Palestine Tea Party bumper stickers JFK for Dummies, The Assassination made simple