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Israel’s UN Envoy Hails General Assembly Condemnation of Human Shields Used by Terror Groups

Israel's Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon speaks to reporters outside the Security Council chambers, Monday, July 24, 2017 at United Nations headquarters. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
AP/Mary Altaffer

TEL AVIV – Israel’s Ambassador the UN Danny Danon welcomed the General Assembly’s newly adopted amendment of its Global Counter Terrorism Strategy to include a condemnation of the use of civilians as human shields by terror groups as well as the use of “schools and hospitals for military purposes such as launching attacks and storing weapons.”

Danon hailed the Israeli UN mission for its work in seeing through the “unprecedented” updated paragraph, which includes condemning the use of “civilians to shield military objectives from attacks.”

“Today’s resolution is another important step in our efforts as we change the rules of the game at the UN,” Danon said.

“Less than two weeks ago, a plurality of members in the General Assembly voted to denounce Hamas, and now today’s resolution explicitly condemned terrorists for the despicable double war crime of hiding behind women and children while attacking civilians,” the Israeli envoy added.

“There is much work to be done,” Danon continued, “but this milestone accomplishment brings us closer to the day when the UN will focus on truly bringing security and stability to the world.”

The Global Counter Terrorism Strategy, which began in 2006, is reviewed every two years.

Earlier this month, the General Assembly convened an emergency session for an anti-Israel vote accusing the Jewish state of “excessive use of force.” U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley slammed the Arab-backed draft as “fundamentally imbalanced” and called for an amendment.

The Gaza-ruling Hamas terror group routinely uses human shields and stores weapons in schools, using them as launch pads to fire rockets at Israel. The UN itself released a report in 2015 that found Palestinian terror groups used three empty UN-run schools in Gaza as a weapons cache. Moreover, it said that in at least two cases terrorists “probably” fired rockets at Israel from the schools during the 50-day summer conflict in 2014 between Israel and Hamas.

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