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“Security Council Adopts Humanitarian Pause Resolution – Israel/Palestine Crisis”


Media – The Security Council today (15 Nov) adopted a resolution calling for urgent and extended humanitarian pauses and corridors throughout the Gaza Strip for a sufficient number of days to enable the full, rapid, safe, and unhindered humanitarian access.

The resolution, drafted by Malta, received twelve votes in favour and three abstentions, The United Kingdom, the United States, and the Russian Federation.

Speaking before the vote, Malta’s Ambassador Vanessa Frazier said the draft resolution “seeks to offer hope in this dark hour” as it focuses “on the plight of children trapped in the war enclave and of those being held hostage.”

Frazier said Malta “held extensive consultations with Council members, interested parties, countries in the region, and humanitarian organizations” in an effort “to achieve a balanced and operational text.”

Speaking after the vote, US Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield said, “the United States could not vote yes on a text that did not condemn Hamas or reaffirm the right of all member states to protect their citizens from terrorist attacks.”

Thomas-Greenfield said, “the Council repeatedly has made clear that we stand against all acts of terror. This horrific attack must be no exception. And the United States will continue to urge this Council to condemn Hamas’ actions.”

Russian Ambassador Vasily Nebenzya told the Council that “from the very beginning of the current escalation in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the delegation of the United States has sabotaged any attempts to develop a balanced and de-politicized document aimed at adopting realistic and urgent steps to de-escalate the situation.”

Nebenzya said, “our American colleagues in the Council justified the collective punishment and destruction of Palestinians – first and foremost, the civilian population – under the pretext of fighting against terrorism and the right of Israel to self-defence.”

Palestine Ambassador Riyad Mansour said, “the Security Council should have called for a ceasefire a long time ago. It should have called for a ceasefire now, it should have heeded the call by the UN and every humanitarian organization on Earth, calling for a humanitarian ceasefire, including the Secretary-General of the United Nations. It should have been convinced that there is no military solution, especially one that relies on the commission of atrocities, and it should have advanced political ones.”

For his part, Israeli Ambassador Brett Jonathan Miller said, “sadly, this resolution falls on deaf ears when it comes to Hamas, and other terrorist organizations.”

Miller said, “this Council has convened on the matter almost 10 times and still has not succeeded in condemning Hamas’ October 7 massacre. The resolution focuses solely on the humanitarian situation in Gaza. It makes no mention of what led up to this moment.”

Outside the Council Mansour – flanked by other Council members, said, “the Israeli Government declared before the end of this meeting, that they will not honour it, they will not implement it. Which means that very likely we might come back again soon to the Security Council demanding, you know, that they find ways for the implementations of their resolutions including this last one, 2417.”

The text of the resolution demands compliance with international law, specifically the protection of civilians, especially children. It also calls for the immediate and unconditional release of all hostages held by Hamas and other groups, especially children.

The text calls on all parties not to deprive civilians in Gaza of basic services and humanitarian aid needed for their survival, welcomes the initial, limited deliveries of aid, and calls for that to be scaled up.

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