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French Security Council resolution condemns Hamas rocket fire

Jacob Magid is The Times of Israel's US correspondent based in New York

Rockets are fired by Palestinian terrorists toward Israel, near Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, May 19, 2021. (Said Khatib/AFP)
Rockets are fired by Palestinian terrorists toward Israel, near Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, May 19, 2021. (Said Khatib/AFP)

The France’s Security Council resolution calling for an immediate ceasefire includes a condemnation of Hamas’s indiscriminate rocket fire on Israeli civilians.

A version obtained by The Times of Israel earlier this evening only included the “operative paragraphs” and not the “preamble,” which which pans rocket fire and all acts of terror.

The full version includes in its preamble that the council “condemn[s] the indiscriminate firing of rockets against civilian areas.”

But one line that will likely upset Israel states that the council “stress[es] that the Gaza Strip constitutes an integral part of the territory occupied in 1967 and will be a part of the Palestinian state.”

The resolution also “recogniz[es] the vital role played by UNRWA in providing humanitarian and economic assistance within Gaza,” referring to the UN agency for Palestinian refugees that Israel claims is corrupt and helps perpetuate the conflict.

The council also “express[es] grave concern at the escalation of violence, in particular, the resulting loss of civilian lives and casualties and recalling the necessity of a proportionate use of force, in line with international law,” in an apparent knock at Israel’s response to Hamas rocket fire.

Two other lines that appear to knock Israeli counterstrikes read as follows:

“Emphasizing that the Palestinian and Israeli civilian populations, including children, must be protected, in line with international humanitarian law and international human rights law and stressing the importance of the safety and well-being of all civilians.”

“Emphasizing that civilian and humanitarian facilities, including those of the UN, must be respected and protected.”

The US has indicated that it will not be backing the resolution, which will require nine votes in favor by Security Council members and no vetos from the US or any of the other four permanent members.

Additional information on the content of the resolution can be found in an earlier post.

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