Global condemnations against US over veto of Gaza ceasefire resolution

2023-12-09 19:29:35
Global condemnations against US over veto of Gaza ceasefire resolution

Condemnations have poured in from across the world following the US veto of a UN Security Council resolution calling for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire in the Gaza Strip amid Israel’s genocidal war against Palestinians.

In a statement on Saturday, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas denounced as “aggressive, immoral, and a flagrant violation of all humanitarian principles” US’ veto, saying the move made Washington “complicit” in Israeli war crimes in Gaza.

Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh described the veto as “a disgrace” and another “blank cheque” given to the Israeli regime to “massacre, destroy and displace”.

Chinese ambassador to the United Nations, Zhang Jun, told the UNSC that condoning the continuation of war while claiming to care about the lives and safety of people in Gaza is” hypocritical” and “double-standards”.

Dmitry Polyanskiy, Russia's Deputy UN Ambassador, said the US has “literally before our eyes issued a death sentence to thousands if not tens of thousands more civilians in Palestine and Israel.”

Nicolas de Rivière, Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations, noted that once again the UNSC has “failed with a lack of unity, and by refusing to commit to negotiations the crisis in Gaza is getting worse and the council is not completing its mandate under the charter.”

US-based Human Rights Watch

Human Rights Watch released a statement saying: “By continuing to provide Israel with weapons [and] diplomatic cover as it commits atrocities, including collectively punishing the Palestinian civilian population in Gaza, the US risks complicity in war crimes.”

Posting on X, HRW’s former executive director, Kenneth Roth, said: “The US government vetoes a UN Security Council call for a Gaza ceasefire. The US cites Israel’s right to defend itself from Hamas, but does Biden really think that pummeling Palestinian civilians in Gaza is accomplishing that?”

UK-based Amnesty International

Agnes Callamard, Amnesty’s secretary general, said on X that the US veto “displays a callous disregard for civilian suffering in the face of a staggering death toll”.

The statement also said that Washington “has brazenly wielded and weaponized its veto to strongarm the UN Security Council, further undermining its credibility and ability to live up to its mandate to maintain international peace and security”.

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