Saturday, March 8, 2008

UN Fails Gaza Children, Again

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UN Fails Gaza Children, Again

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The UN failed to condemn the Israeli killing of Palestinian children. (Reuters)
UNITED NATIONS — Under the yoke of an American veto threat, the UN Security Council has failed, again, to issue a resolution condemning an Israeli aggression on innocent civilians in the Gaza Strip, which this time claimed 67 lives in one single day.

"Council members are deeply concerned about the loss of civilian life in southern Israel and Gaza and condemn the escalation of violence that has taken place," the Council said in a statement cited by Agence France-Presse (AFP).

Russia's UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin, the council chair this month, said members "underscore the need for all parties to immediately cease all acts of violence."

After nearly five hours of hard-nosed consultations, the Security Council failed to adopt a resolution condemning Israel.

At least 67 Palestinians, including many women and children, were killed on Saturday, March 1, in an Israeli land and air blitz against the sealed off Gaza Strip.

The fatalities took to at least 105 the number of Palestinians, third of them children, killed in four days of Israeli raids and air strikes in the Gaza Strip.

Libya, the lone Arab member on the 15-member council, circulated a draft resolution that "strongly condemns the killing of innocent civilians, including children" by Israeli forces.

The text also called for "an immediate cessation of all acts of violence, including military attacks and the firing of rockets, and calls upon all parties to respect the ceasefire."

The US refused to accept language on Israel's actions.

"There is a clear distinction between terrorist rocket attacks that target civilians and action in self-defense, " White House spokesman Gordon Johndroe said.

Last January, Washington effectively blocked the adoption of a council statement that would have urged an end to Israel's siege of the Gaza Strip and to rocket firing into Israel.

It claimed Israel was merely exercising its right of self defense in response to the constant rocket firing from Gaza.

License to Kill
Ban drew Arab irk after describing the Palestinian rocket attacks as terrorist
UN chief Ban Ki-moon drew the irk of Arab diplomats after describing the Palestinian rocket attacks as terrorist.

Reaffirming Israel's right to defend itself, Ban slammed its "disproportionate and excessive use of force" that has killed and injured so many civilians, including children.

But when it came to Palestinian attacks, the UN chief was more clear.
"I condemn Palestinian rocket attacks and call for the immediate cessation of such acts of terrorism, which serve no purpose, endanger civilians and bring misery to the Palestinian people."

He was immediately rebuked by several Arab diplomats who objected to his characterization.

Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal insisted on Saturday that rocket attacks are the result not the cause of Israeli aggressions.

"They [Israelis] do not want to end the occupation, stop attacks or lift the siege. What do people expect the Palestinians to do," he told reporters.

He reminded the international community that Hamas committed itself to past truces in 2003, 2005 and 2006, but Israel never stopped killing Palestinians.

"We tell all Arab and European officials that whosoever can secure an Israeli commitment to halt aggressions in the Gaza Strip and West Bank, Hamas stands ready to deal with this seriously and stop (firing rocket)."
Palestinian UN observer Ryad Mansour chided the Security Council for its "wholly unjustifiable and unacceptable" inaction.

"The lack of action and lack of accountability have only led, time after time, to the perpetration of even more war crimes (by Israel) with impunity against innocent civilians, as evidenced by the tragic and violent events of today and the past week."

Proving the point, emboldened Israeli Premier Ehud Olmert stressed on Sunday that Israel had no intention of stopping its deadly assault on Gaza.

New Israeli strikes killed five Palestinians in the north of the Gaza Strip early today.
Sunday's deaths bring to 6,262 the number of people killed since the outbreak of Al-Aqsa Intifadah in September 2000, the vast majority of them Palestinians, according to an AFP tally.


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