In first, Israel co-sponsors UN resolution alongside Saudi Arabia
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Israel’s delegation at the United Nations (UN) co-sponsored a resolution with Saudi Arabia for the first time, at the UN human rights committee on Tuesday, Yedioth Ahronoth reported
The resolution, which passed with 108 countries voting in favor, condemned the Syrian government for a variety of human rights abuses including the mass killings of civilians during the country’s civil war that erupted in 2011.
“The Assad regime, with full support from Iran, has been slaughtering its people mercilessly and with incomprehensible cruelty for years,” noted Israeli Ambassador to the UN, Danny Danon.
“Israel, which for years has been providing humanitarian aid to Syrian civilians hurt by these atrocities, stands together with the international community against this murderous regime.”
For his part, the Saudi Ambassador to the UN condemned “the grave deterioration in the state of human rights in Syria, including indiscriminate killing and intentional attacks against civilians, which caused the death of over 400,000 people, including 17,000 children.”
The Syrian Ambassador to the UN, Bashar al-Jaafari, resorted to accusing the co-sponsoring countries of supporting terrorism.
“Again this committee convened to discuss an arbitrary draft resolution proposed by the US, England, France, Israel, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, countries which support terrorism, incite sedition, destroy countries, kill the nations and occupy the land,” al-Jaafari said according to the Syrian Arab News Agency.
This past Sunday, Israel also endorsed a report by the investigative panel of the UN-Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), known as the Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM) that found the Syrian government responsible for a chemical weapons attack against civilians.
Correction: An earlier version of this story said that the resolution was made in the UN Human Rights Council. It has been amended to reflect that it was in a General Assembly committee that deals with human rights issues.
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