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UN chief alleges law violations in Gaza, angering Israel

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for an immediate ceasefire in response to the Gaza crisis, leading to divisions in the Security Council, with Israel and Palestine expressing strong reactions.



UNITED STATES, UNITED NATIONS — UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday alleged violations of international law in Gaza and urged an immediate ceasefire as Israel pounds the Palestinian territory in response to Hamas attacks, with the crisis deeply dividing the Security Council.

Israel voiced anger over the UN chief’s plea before a high-level session of the Security Council, where the Palestinian foreign minister in turn denounced what he described as inaction in the conflict that has killed thousands on both sides, mostly civilians.

Opening the session, Guterres said there was no excuse for the “appalling” violence by Hamas militants on 7 October but also warned against “collective punishment” of the Palestinians.

“I am deeply concerned about the clear violations of international humanitarian law that we are witnessing in Gaza. Let me be clear: No party to an armed conflict is above international humanitarian law,” Guterres said, without explicitly naming Israel.

Guterres also said that the Hamas attacks “did not happen in a vacuum” as the Palestinians have been “subjected to 56 years of suffocating occupation.”

His remarks infuriated Israeli Foreign Minister Eli Cohen who, pointing his finger at Guterres and raising his voice, recounted graphic accounts of civilians including young children killed in the deadliest single attack in Israeli history.

“Mr Secretary-General, in what world do you live?” Cohen said.

Rejecting tying the violence to the occupation, Cohen said Israel gave Gaza to the Palestinians “to the last millimeter” with its withdrawal in 2005.

Israel shortly afterward imposed a blockade of the impoverished territory, in place ever since, after Hamas took power, and it still occupies the West Bank.

Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations, Gilad Erdan, called on Guterres to resign — writing on X, formerly known as Twitter, that the UN chief has “expressed an understanding for terrorism and murder.”

‘Epic suffering’

Hamas militants stormed into Israel on 7 October and attacked largely civilian targets including families and a music festival, killing at least 1,400 people and taking more than 220 hostages, according to Israeli officials.

More than 5,700 Palestinians, also mostly civilians, have been killed across the Gaza Strip in retaliatory Israeli bombardments, the territory’s Hamas-run health ministry said.

Guterres, who personally traveled to the crossing between Egypt and Gaza in a push to let in assistance, welcomed the entry of three aid convoys so far through the Rafah crossing.

But Guterres said it was “a drop of aid in an ocean of need,” as the UN agency for Palestinian refugees warned it would be forced to stop working Wednesday due to lack of fuel.

“To ease epic suffering, make the delivery of aid easier and safer, and facilitate the release of hostages, I reiterate my appeal for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire.”

Israel, backed by the United States, has rejected calls to halt the offensive, saying it would only allow Hamas to regroup.

New draft, new opposition

The United States last week vetoed a draft resolution on the crisis, saying it did not sufficiently support Israel’s right to respond to Hamas.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken asked the Security Council to back a new US-led resolution that “incorporates substantive feedback.”

The draft, seen by AFP, would defend the “inherent right of all states” to self-defense while calling for compliance with international law. It would back “humanitarian pauses” to let in aid but not a full ceasefire.

“No member of this council — no nation in this entire body — could or would tolerate the slaughter of its people,” Blinken said.

Veto-wielding Russia — accustomed to being on the receiving end at the Security Council over its invasion of Ukraine — quickly said it would oppose the US draft, which also came under criticism from US regional ally Egypt.

“We’re surprised by new attempts to adopt a resolution that doesn’t include any call for a ceasefire to prevent further deterioration of the situation which might lead the region to a dangerous juncture,” Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said.

Foreign minister Riyad al-Maliki of the Palestinian Authority, run by Hamas rivals, called inaction by the Security Council “inexcusable,” as did Jordan, another US partner.

“The Security Council must take a clear stance to reassure two billion Arabs and Muslims that international law will be applied,” Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi said.

Jordan and Russia are among nations that requested a meeting Thursday of the UN General Assembly, whose reso


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End Of IS-RA-EL, The Corporation, Lease Of Land Ends October 31st, 2023. A Leasehold “Israel Corporation”.

In 14 Languages, Genocide.

This is my own opinion:

1) regardless of race , religion, Israel has the right to defend themselves from terrorists
2) Terrorists had made a 2nd attempt this time to destroy, Israel and rightfully Israel has every right to get rid of them
3) By getting rid of theses terrorists will prevent future attacks.
4) German has killed 6 million Jews, we should get another UN spokesman. That UN guy should step down

Thank you.

History of Israel-Palestine Conflict: 1) 1700 BC = King Saul, King David and King Solomon conquer the land of Israel. Palestine was not there during that time. 2) Go to youtube =   Short version: In case you do not know= King David conquers Israel in 1700 BC. Romans conquer part of Israel land in 63 BC. Romans rename Judah to Palestine   1) 1700 BC, Abraham, Issac & Jacob settled in Cannan. 2) 1000 BC, King Saul, King David, King Solomon 3) King Saul make Israelites his monarchy, later ruled by King David 4) King David make Jerusalem… Read more »

All I know is we small dot better shaddap unlike our slipper auntie kaypoh like analyst anyhow say things. After get slapped in the face then paiseh.

Germans Killed 6 million Jews. Are you the real spokesman for Israel?

UK only only took over in 1948. Who does Palestine belongs to in the biblical age? Say from King David, Solomon the King so forth?

Law violations? But when it comes to Israel, they are either ABOVE the law or CANNOT do any wrong (they after all being god’s people and all that). If you don’t believe, just ask the US (politicians).

If the Zionists are bombing GAZA to match 1400 Zionists death on Palestinian occupied land , they have already got 4 times the amount. They should stop now and seek the return of the two hundred hostages. If it is going to be an eye for an eye, if Iran and Syria ‘s terrorist groups join in, this is going to have massive loss of human lives. The US is wrong in the support of the Zionist invasion of Gaza.

Members in the UN sitting and having coffee… Member #1 : Hey Bro! whats happening..? Member #2 : Aiyah.. same-same lah.. How about you, bro..? Member #1 : The usual too.. just launched an attack using the stuff you sold me last time..!! Member #2 : Good!.. Should be ok.. tested stuff you know..! Member #1 : Yeah.. you the best Bro..!! Another member joins in.. Member #3 : Hi guys..!! You know this is a damn good life..! Member #1 & #2 : Of course..!! Bro #1 started it and its been a damn good club..!! Member #3: Yeah..!… Read more »

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres please resign as Israel said.

Hamas terrorists killing innocents are not violations of international law? LoL