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Angry Israeli envoy shreds UN’s charter to protest vote for Palestinian rights

Angry Israeli envoy shreds UN’s charter to protest vote for Palestinian rights

The Israeli ambassador to the UN, Gilad Erdan, shredded a copy of the UN charter in the general assembly in a protest over a vote in favour of Palestinian rights.

He placed the UN charter in a mini shredder at the podium, before saying: “You are shredding the UN charter with your own hands.

“Yes, yes, that’s what you’re doing. Shredding the UN charter. Shame on you.”

The symbolic protest came before the UN general assembly voted in favour of granting new “rights and privileges” to Palestine, calling on the UN security council to reconsider its request to become a member state.

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The resolution passed by 143 votes in favour to 9 against, with 25 abstentions.

Erdan earlier told Israeli Channel 12 TV that the decision by the US to hold back a shipment of heavy bombs to Israel following concerns the weapons could be used to attack Rafah and inflict civilian casualties was “a very disappointing decision, even frustrating”.

He claimed US President Joe Biden has giving in to domestic pressure including US campus protests.

Erdan said the resolution was “disconnected to the reality on the ground”.

He claimed inviting Palestine into the UN fold was “to reward the perpetrators of these atrocities (Hamas attacks) with statehood”.

The UN security council will decide whether it will grant Palestine membership.

The US stalling of heavy bombs has angered some in the war cabinet of Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Israel has said it will continue to attack Rafah where it claims the remaining Hamas military brigades are holed up.

Netanyahu said they would fight with their ‘fingernails’ if necessary.

General Assembly adopts resolution boosting standing of Palestinian mission

The United Nations General Assembly on Friday overwhelmingly backed a Palestinian bid to become a full UN member by recognizing it as qualified to join and recommending the UN Security Council “reconsider the matter favorably.”

The vote by the 193-member General Assembly was a global survey of support for the Palestinian bid to become a full UN member — a move that would effectively recognize a Palestinian state — after the United States vetoed it in the UN Security Council last month.

The assembly adopted a resolution with 143 votes in favor and nine against — including the US and Israel — while 25 countries abstained. It does not give the Palestinians full UN membership but simply recognizes them as qualified to join.

The General Assembly resolution “determines that the State of Palestine … should therefore be admitted to membership” and it “recommends that the Security Council reconsider the matter favorably.”

Foreign Minister Israel Katz labelled the decision a “prize for Hamas,” in a statement released by his office.

“The absurd decision taken today at the UN General Assembly highlights the structural bias of the UN and the reasons why, under the leadership of UN Secretary-General [Antonio] Guterres, it has turned itself into an irrelevant institution,” Katz said.

Palestinian membership push

The Palestinian push for full UN membership comes seven months into a war between Israel and the Hamas terror group in the Gaza Strip, and as Israel is expanding settlements in the West Bank, which the UN and most of the international community considers to be illegal.

An application to become a full UN member first needs to be approved by the 15-member Security Council and then the General Assembly. If the measure is again voted on by the council it is likely to face the same fate: a US veto.

The General Assembly resolution adopted on Friday does give the Palestinians some additional rights and privileges from September 2024 — like a seat among the UN members in the assembly hall — but they will not be granted a vote in the body.

The Palestinians are currently a non-member observer state, a de facto recognition of statehood that was granted by the UN General Assembly in 2012.

“We want peace, we want freedom,” Palestinian UN Ambassador Riyad Mansour told the assembly before the vote. “A yes vote is a vote for Palestinian existence, it is not against any state…. It is an investment in peace.”

“Voting yes is the right thing to do,” he said in remarks that drew applause.

Under the founding UN Charter, membership is open to “peace-loving states” that accept the obligations in that document and are able and willing to carry them out.

Israel’s arrogance

Erdan, who spoke after Mansour, arrogantly told his fellow diplomats: “As long as so many of you are ‘Jew-hating,’ you don’t really care that the Palestinians are not ‘peace-loving’.”

He accused the assembly of shredding the UN Charter — as he used a small shredder to destroy a copy of the Charter while at the lectern.

“Shame on you,” Erdan said.

Erdan also held up a picture of Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar, with the caption “President Sinwar, the terror state of Hamas, sponsored by the UN,” with the Israeli envoy telling the plenum that the terror leader was indebted to the UN for its assistance to the group.

US Deputy Ambassador to the UN Robert Wood told the General Assembly after the vote that unilateral measures at the UN and on the ground will not advance a two-state solution.

“Our vote does not reflect opposition to Palestinian statehood; we have been very clear that we support it and seek to advance it meaningfully. Instead, it is an acknowledgment that statehood will only come from a process that involves direct negotiations between the parties,” he said.

Before the vote the US mission said in a statement that the resolution would not lead to practical solutions to solve issues facing the Palestinians.

“Additionally, the draft resolution does not alter the status of the Palestinians as a ‘non-member state observer mission.’ Even if the resolution were adopted, the text explicitly outlines that the Palestinian non-member-state observer mission would not gain the right to vote in the General Assembly. It also would not gain the right to put forward candidates in UN organs or to be elected as a member of the Security Council,” the statement read.

The United Nations has long endorsed a vision of two states living side by side within secure and recognized borders. Palestinians want a state in the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Gaza Strip — all territory captured by Israel in the 1967 Six Day War with neighboring Arab states.

 

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