Muslim group troubled by U.S. veto of U.N. Resolution condemning Israel
The nation’s leading Islamic civil rights and advocacy group today expressed great concern over the United States’ veto of a United Nations Security Council resolution Thursday evening condemning the Israeli government. The resolution censured Israel for their targeted assassination of Sheikh Ahmad Yassin, a 67-year-old quadriplegic and the most prominent Palestinian Islamic figure, outside of a Gaza City mosque earlier this week.
Eleven out of the 15 Security Council members, including France, Russia and Spain, voted to condemn Ariel Sharon’s government for their latest illegal assassination. The United States’ veto marked the only dissenting vote in the Security Council. Other world leaders, including the Vatican, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and the British government, have condemned the illegal assassination by Ariel Sharon as ‘unlawful’ and ‘unacceptable’.
In its statement, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said:
“We are deeply concerned by the continued failure of the Bush administration to be an objective broker for peace in the Middle East. This latest veto of an overwhelmingly and internationally supported resolution does nothing to serve America’s interest abroad or improve its credibility in the Muslim and Arab world.
“There is clear global consensus that assassinations are illegal under both the Hague and Geneva Conventions, which are hallmarks of international law. By vetoing this resolution, the Bush administration continues to alienate our allies in the United Nations, neglect world opinion and further damage our image abroad.
“As long as the Bush Administration continues this policy of remaining silent to the illegal acts of the Israeli government, the Bush administration will continue to be viewed worldwide as unable to be a fair broker towards any objective peace settlement.”
To date, there have been 64 United Nations resolutions condemning Israel for its human rights violations and according to Amnesty International, over 1,760 Palestinians have been killed, including 263 under the age of 14, by the Israeli government since the beginning of the current Intifada which began in 2001.
CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, has consistently condemned all terrorist acts, whether carried out by individuals, groups or states.