UN General Assembly to meet to discuss ‘illegal Israeli actions’

Lazar Berman is The Times of Israel's diplomatic reporter

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres addresses the 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly at United Nations headquarters in New York City, September 19, 2023. (AP/Mary Altaffer)
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres addresses the 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly at United Nations headquarters in New York City, September 19, 2023. (AP/Mary Altaffer)

The United Nations General Assembly will hold an emergency session in New York today at 10 a.m. ET, 5 p.m. Israel time to discuss the Gaza conflict.

The session, called “Illegal Israeli actions in Occupied Jerusalem and the rest of the Occupied Palestinian Territory” was called by Jordan and Mauritania. It is the 39th time the “tenth emergency special session” has met on the issue.

The Jordanian/Mauritanian request to reconvene the session does not mention Hamas at all, or the attacks of October 7.

It does, however, stress the “siege and military aggression by Israel, the occupying Power, against the Palestinian civilian population in the Gaza Strip, that has, of this date, caused wanton destruction of homes and other civilian properties and infrastructure, and inflicted catastrophic humanitarian conditions, risking further dangerous destabilization of the situation, endangering more civilian lives and threatening international peace and security.”

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