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Which Countries Stand with the U.S. at the U.N.?

By Nathanael Bennett1545238516938

As we previously reported, on December 6, 2018, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) was poised to approve an historic resolution condemning the violent acts Hamas continues to perpetrate against Israel. This resolution was drafted by the United States and represented a long-overdue counterbalance to the litany of condemnations of Israel passed by the UNGA.

But just moments before the final vote, in a brazen parliamentary stunt, the UNGA adopted a resolution drafted by Kuwait that required a 2/3 supermajority for the U.S. resolution to be approved. This move was clearly hypocritical, as it came just a few days after the UNGA approved six resolutions condemning Israel using only a simple majority requirement.

We have already sent a detailed legal demand letter to the Secretary General of the United Nations outlining both the shocking failure of the U.N. to condemn Hamas for its violent acts and the ridiculous parliamentary stunt that held the U.S. resolution to a higher vote threshold than other similar resolutions. Our letter clearly articulates that both failures undermine the credibility of the United Nations.

We also promised you a full accounting of how the rest of the world voted on this important matter. Countries who did not stand with the United States on this fundamental issue should be required to give an accounting for their actions.

First, the following countries either supported Kuwait’s ridiculous proposal requiring the U.S. resolution garner a 2/3 majority for passage, or they abstained (A) and effectively aided in its passage:

Afghanistan                         
Algeria                                                          
Angola                                              
Argentina                             
Armenia (A)                          
Azerbaijan                                        
Bahamas
Bahrain                                             
Bangladesh                         
Belarus                                             
Belize                                    
Bhutan (A)                            
Bolivia                                              
Botswana                             
Brazil                                     
Brunei Darussalam            
Burkina Faso (A)                             
Cabo Verde (A)                                
Chad                                      
Chile (A)
China
Comoros
Congo
Costa Rica (A)
Cote D’Ivoire (A)
Cuba
Djibouti
Ecuador
Egypt
El Salvador
Ethiopia
Fiji (A)
Gabon (A)
Gambia
Grenada
Guatemala
Guinea                                              
Guinea-Bissau (A)
Guyana (A)
Iceland (A)
Indonesia
Iran
Iraq
Jamaica (A)
Japan (A)
Jordan
Kazakhstan
Kenya (A)
Kuwait
Lao People’s Democratic Republic (A)
Lebanon
Liechtenstein (A)
Madagascar
Malaysia
Maldives
Mali
Mauritania
Mauritius
Mongolia (A)
Morocco
Mozambique
Namibia
Nepal (A)
New Zealand (A)
Nicaragua
Niger
Nigeria
Norway (A)
Oman
Pakistan
Palau (A)
Philippines (A)
Qatar
Russia
Saint Lucia (A)
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Saudi Arabia
Senegal
Somalia
South Africa
Sri Lanka (A)
Sudan
Suriname
Switzerland (A)
Syrian Arab Republic
Thailand       
Timor-Leste (A)
Trinidad-Tobago
Tunisia
Turkey
Uganda
United Arab Emirates
United Republic of Tanzania
Uzbekistan
Venezuela
Vietnam
Yemen
Zambia 
Zimbabwe

Next, the following countries either opposed the U.S. resolution and thereby refused to condemn Hamas for its violent acts against Israel, or abstained (A) from voting on the U.S. resolution and demonstrated a troubling lack of courage to condemn Hamas for its egregious violations:

Afghanistan (A)                               
Algeria                                                                                                                      
Angola (A)                                                                                        
Armenia (A)                                                                          
Azerbaijan                                                                            
Bahrain                                                                                                         
Bangladesh                                       
Barbados (A)                                    
Belarus                                                                                                         
Bhutan (A)                                                                            
Bolivia                                                                                                          
Botswana                                                                                         
Brunei Darussalam                                                            
Burkina Faso (A)                                                                                         
Cameroon (A)                                                                                   
China                                                                                                 
Comoros                                                                   
Congo                                                                        
Cote D’Ivoire (A)                                                      
Cuba                                                                                                  
Djibouti                                                          
Ecuador (A)                                       
Egypt                                                  
El Salvador (A)                                             
Equatorial Guinea (A)                                
Ethiopia (A)                                      
Gabon (A)                                         
Gambia                                                         
Ghana (A)                                         
Grenada (A)                                     
Guinea                                                          
Guinea-Bissau (A)                          
Guyana (A)                                       
India (A)                                           
Indonesia                                        
Iran                                                      
Iraq                                                    
Jordan                                                                                                           
Kazakhstan                                      
Kenya (A)                                          
Kuwait                                                           
Lao People’s Democratic Republic                      
Lebanon                                                       
Libya                                                  
Malaysia                                          
Maldives                                          
Mali                                                   
Mauritania                             
Mauritius                                         
Mongolia (A)                                    
Morocco                                            
Mozambique                                               
Namibia                                                       
Nepal (A)                                          
Nicaragua                                           
Niger                                                 
Nigeria                                                          
Oman                                                              
Pakistan                                           
Philippines (A)                                            
Qatar                                                   
Russian Federation                                   
Saint Lucia (A)                                             
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (A)    
Samoa (A)                                         
Saudi Arabia                                                  
Senegal                                                        
Sierra Leone                                    
Somalia                                                        
South Africa                                     
Sri Lanka (A)                                     
Sudan                                                
Suriname                                          
Syrian Arab Republic                                  
Thailand (A)                                     
Timor-Leste (A)                                            
Tonga (A)                                          
Trinidad and Tobago (A)                           
Tunisia                                                         
Turkey                                                             
Uganda (A)                                       
United Arab Emirates                                
United Republic of Tanzania (A)             
Uzbekistan                                       
Vanuatu (A)                                      
Venezuela                                        
Vietnam                                                        
Yemen                                                           
Zambia                                                           
Zimbabwe

Every one of these countries should be called to account for these votes. But it may be particularly important to scrutinize the actions of countries that voted in favor of the U.S. resolution while at the same time enabling its defeat by supporting or abstaining on the Kuwait resolution. These countries should be made to understand they cannot have it both ways. They were either duped or, more likely, willing participants in this charade. Those countries are listed below:

Argentina (Y)
Bahamas (Y)
Belize (Y)
Brazil (Y)
Cabo Verde (A)
Chile (A)
Cost Rica (A)
Fiji (A)
Guatemala (Y)
Iceland (A)
Jamaica (A)
Liechtenstein (A)
New Zealand (A)
Norway (A)
Palau (A)
Switzerland (A)

At the ACLJ, we are committed to providing you with hard facts that cut through the narrative too often told by the U.N. We call on the countries listed above to account for their actions, and to move into a posture that supports peace and clearly condemns the violence perpetrated by Hamas and other terrorist organizations.

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