(January 4, 2023 / JNS) The Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations on Wednesday slammed the U.N. General Assembly for working to sanction Israel for protecting its civilian population.
The Conference put out a statement condemning the U.N. body’s latest resolution calling on the International Court of Justice to investigate Israel.
The resolution called on the court to “render urgently an advisory opinion” on Israel’s “prolonged occupation, settlement and annexation of Palestinian territory.” It passed by an 87-26 margin, with 53 abstentions.
“The Conference of Presidents condemns the United Nations General Assembly’s latest disgraceful resolution and abuse of the International Court of Justice which follows a pattern of distorted attacks by the body that unfairly singles out the world’s only Jewish state solely for fulfilling its obligation of protecting its civilian populations through defensive military action, in accordance with international law,” the organization said.
The Conference went on to praise those U.N. member states that changed their stance from a preliminary vote in November to oppose the resolution so that it no longer enjoys an absolute majority.
“We salute those eight countries that changed their votes from either supporting the resolution or abstaining to opposing it: Albania, Costa Rica, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Papua New Guinea, Romania, Togo and Great Britain,” the statement continued.
The Conference of Presidents also commended “the following countries for switching their votes and refusing to support this heinous resolution”: Afghanistan, Antigua, Brazil, Cape Verde, Chad, Comoros, Dominican Republic, Fiji, Gabon, Grenada, Kiribati, Malawi, Niger, North Macedonia, Panama, Samoa, Tanzania, East Timor, Ukraine, Uzbekistan and Vanuatu.
“Israel’s civilian population continues to face an unprecedented threat in the form of regular rocket attacks by Hamas and other terrorist groups,” the statement continues.
“No other member state in the history of the U.N. has faced this level of incendiary scrutiny for exercising the right to defend itself from existential threats. These biased inquiries have been further amplified—and revealed for the farce that they are— by virulent antisemitic outbursts of U.N. members in key leadership positions. We unequivocally condemn this attack and others like it and urge the ICJ to reject this overstep by the U.N. body,” the Conference of Presidents said.
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