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« The powerful message from the General Assembly represents a historic day,” greeted Palestinian Ambassador to the UN Riyad Mansour.

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Taking over from the paralyzed Security Council, the UN General Assembly on Tuesday called for “an immediate humanitarian ceasefire” in Gaza, a non-binding text which nevertheless aims by its overwhelming majority to put pressure on Israel and its American ally.

The powerful message from the General Assembly represents a historic day, welcomed Palestinian Ambassador to the UN Riyad Mansour. It is our collective duty to continue on this path until we can see an end to this aggression against our people.

The resolution adopted by 153 votes in favor, 10 against (including Israel and the United States), and 23 abstentions from 193 member states, garnered more support than that of October (120 for, 14 against, 45 abstentions). which called for an immediate, lasting and sustained humanitarian truce, leading to a cessation of hostilities.

This large majority even exceeded support for the condemnation of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. These Assembly votes had gathered at best 143 votes, a result that the United States then saw as proof of Russia's isolation.

The size of the majority will really hurt for the United States, Richard Gowan of the International Crisis Group commented on Tuesday.

This shows that the vast majority of UN member states have lost patience with Washington's position.

A quote from Richard Gowan, from the International Crisis Group

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The resolution, responding to an unprecedented demand from UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres who fears a total breakdown of law and order in the war-torn Palestinian territory, calls for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire. protection of civilians, humanitarian access and the immediate and unconditional release of all hostages.

Like the previous text adopted at the end of October, it does not condemn Hamas, to the great dismay of the United States and Israel in particular.

Why is it so difficult to say unequivocally that killing babies and gunning down parents in front of their children is horrible? launched American Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield.

Her Israeli counterpart Gilad Erdan denounced a hypocritical resolution before the vote. The time has come to place the blame on those who deserve it, the monsters of Hamas, he insisted, believing that a ceasefire would only strengthen the Islamist movement.

< p class="StyledBodyHtmlParagraph-sc-48221190-4 hnvfyV">The American amendment which sought to condemn the abominable Hamas terrorist attacks of October 7 was rejected (84 votes for, 62 against, 25 abstentions), like a similar amendment at the end of October.

This special meeting of the General Assembly was requested by Arab countries after the American veto on Friday of a draft Security Council resolution calling for this same immediate humanitarian ceasefire .

Many countries and human rights organizations have lamented this failure, including Antonio Guterres describing a Security Council with compromised authority and credibility.

The Council had already taken more than a month after the start of the war between Israel and Hamas to succeed in speaking with one voice, settling for mid-November, after four texts rejected, to request humanitarian breaks.

More than two months after the bloody and unprecedented attack perpetrated by Hamas on Israeli soil on October 7 – which left 1,200 dead, according to authorities –, Israel is stepping up its offensive in the Gaza Strip, controlled by the Palestinian movement.

The UN continues to warn of the catastrophic situation in Gaza, where the humanitarian system is at breaking point and more than 18,000 people have been killed, according to the Hamas Ministry of Health

What are we waiting for to stop these deaths and this destructive war machine? launched Egyptian Ambassador Osama Mahmoud Abdelkhalek Mahmoud from the podium on Tuesday, on behalf of the Arab group, deploring the efforts of a minority of countries which oppose international public opinion in favor of of a ceasefire.

In a thinly veiled allusion to the United States, he denounced countries that apply a policy double standards.

The price of a Hamas defeat cannot be the continued suffering of all Palestinian civilians, they said. declared in a joint statement the prime ministers of Australia, Canada and New Zealand, whose countries voted for the resolution.

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