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UNGA adopts resolution calling for greater protection for Palestinians

June 14, 2018 12:09 P.M. (Updated: June 18, 2018 12:33 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- The UN General Assembly adopted on Wednesday a resolution calling for greater protection for the Palestinian people following weeks of the "Great March of Return" protests alongside the eastern borders of the Gaza Strip.

The resolution also denounces any use of “excessive, disproportionate and indiscriminate” force by Israeli forces against Palestinians, particularly in the Gaza Strip.

The Algerian-sponsored resolution was adopted by a vote of 120 in favor, 8 against, with 45 abstentions.

The Permanent Observer of the State of Palestine to the UN, Riyad Mansour, said prior to voting, that “our decision to approach to the Assembly was prompted by the Security Council’s failure to act due to the veto cast on 1 June by a permanent member.”

The Official Palestinian Authority (PA)-owned Wafa news agency reported on Thursday that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said that the vote is "a victory for Palestinian rights, justice and international law."

Palestinian Minister of Foreign Affairs Riyad al-Malki congratulated Palestinians during an interview with official Palestine TV, saying that it is a great achievement and a victory.

While the UNGA -- in which every member country has an equal vote -- has historically stood in support of Palestinians, its resolutions are generally non-binding. The most impactful UN institution is the UN Security Council, in which the United States has regularly used its veto power to halt texts deemed to critical of Israel.

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