President of UN GA on Gaza: "It's genocide"
Update Jan 14 2009 Gaza death tolls passes 1,000, more than 300 are children.
The U.N. General Assembly is the body that represents all 192 countries in the UN.
About 970 Palestinians have been killed and 4,300 injured since Israel began its Gaza offensive on December 27.
Two days after Canada alone voted against a UN Human Rights Council Resolution condemning Israel for "grave violations" of human rights of the people of Gaza, and ten days after describing the assault on Gaza as a monstrosity, the President of the UN General Assembly has stepped forward again and said, "The situation is untenable. It's genocide,".
Israel accused of Gaza 'genocide'
The president of the UN General Assembly has condemned Israel's killings of Palestinians in its Gaza offensive as "genocide".
"The number of victims in Gaza is increasing by the day... The situation is untenable. It's genocide," d'Escoto said at the UN in New York.
Miguel d'Escoto Brockmann also told Al Jazeera he had never believed that the UN Security Council would be able to stop the violence in Gaza and that Ehud Olmert, the Israeli prime minister, had practically told the UN to "mind their own business" by continuing the offensive.
About 970 Palestinians have been killed and 4,300 injured since Israel began its Gaza offensive on December 27, which it says is to stop Palestinian fighters attacking Israel with rockets.
U.N. rights council hits Israel over Gaza
A resolution drafted by Arab, Asian and African countries also called for the urgent despatch of an international mission to investigate Israeli behaviour in the enclave, and called on Israel to cooperate with it.
But the non-binding resolution, passed by 33 votes with 13 abstentions and one against, was dismissed by Israel as one-sided and reflecting the "fairytale world" of the 47-member Council, for which the Jewish state is a prime target.
The text of the document said the Council "strongly condemns the ongoing Israeli military operations... which have resulted in massive violations of human rights of the Palestinian people and systematic destruction of the Palestinian infrastructure."...
...Canada complained that the text, which called for an immediate withdrawal of Israeli forces, failed to recognise that Israel had acted to stop rocket attacks on its territory from the Hamas-controlled Gaza.