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US lobbies for vote against Hamas at UN General Assembly

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Israeli Ambassador to the UN, Danny Danon [File photo]

The US is lobbying EU member states to vote for a resolution against the Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, at the UN General Assembly, Israeli media have reported.

According to the Israeli ambassador to the UN, Danny Danon, “The US is negotiating the language [of the resolution] with the EU.” For Israel, he added, “It’s very symbolic to have this resolution presented with the support of the EU.”

The UN General Assembly is expected to vote on Friday or Monday on the proposed resolution against Hamas, which has been ruling the Gaza Strip since it won the 2006 legislative elections in occupied Palestine.

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Israeli radio said that the resolution condemns rockets being fired from Gaza and demands that Hamas stops resisting Israel’s military occupation. It refers to legitimate Palestinian resistance against the occupation as “violence” and “incitement”.

AFP said that the text “demands that Hamas and other militant actors cease all provocative actions and violent activity.” Apparently, and obviously, there will be no mention of the “provocative” and the extremely brutal decades-long Israeli occupation of Palestinian land.

“Our plan is to cast the resolution repeatedly for voting at the UN General Assembly and to affect the voting system for the UN member states,” explained Danon. He described the resolution as another “gift” offered from the US to Israel through US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley, who is leaving office at the end of this year.

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