UN condemns Israel in three resolution on Palestine, Syria occupations

UN Human Rights Council passed three resolutions condemning Israel over its policies in occupied Palestinian and Syrian territories.

UN condemns Israel in three resolution on Palestine, Syria occupations

The United Nations Human Rights Council passed three resolutions on Wednesday condemning Israel over its policies in occupied Palestinian and Syrian territories.

A further resolution, calling for a fund to compensate Palestinians who suffered losses during Israel's offensive in Gaza 14 months ago, is expected to be passed on Thursday.

In its land, sea and ar offensive, Israel targeted hospitals, schools, mosques and government buildings and destroyed infrastructure system in Gaza, lefting Palestinians without electricity, gas and power.

But Israel imposes heavy blockade on entry of infrastracture materials under the pretext of Palestinians can use them as "weapon" materials.

One resolution on "grave human rights violations" by Israeli forces in the Palestinian Territories -- which was passed by 31 votes to 9, with 7 abstentions in the 47-member Council -- demanded that Israel end its occupation of Palestinian land occupied since 1967.

It also demanded that Israel stop what it called targeting of Palestinian civilians and systematic destruction of their cultural heritage, halt all military operations across Palestinian land and lift its blockade of Gaza.

The United States and the European Union, whose seven members on the Council vote separately but generally in unison, opposed the resolution behalf of Israels controversal policies.

Another resolution called on Israel to stop building all settlements in the occupied territories and move to withdrawing those now there, was passed by 45 votes with the EU supporting it and only the United States opposing.

The third condemned Israel for what it called systematic violation of the rights of the people of the occupied Syrian Golan heights. The United States voted no, while 15 countries, including EU members, abstained.

The United States, which itself is in a diplomatic row with Israel over settlements which the government of Benjamin Netanyahu is vowing to pursue, told the Council that the three resolutions would do nothing to help peace.

Britain, which expelled an Israeli diplomat on Tuesday in a row over forged UK passports, voted for the settlements resolution, against on Palestinian rights, and abstained on the Syrian vote.

The Council is supported a developing country bloc in which the states of Organisation of the Islamic Conference have been and which is routinely supported by China, Russia and Cuba.

Reuters

Güncelleme Tarihi: 25 Mart 2010, 08:26
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