U. S. Refuses to Condemn Israeli Atrocity

November 19, 2006

On November 11, the U.S. vetoed a draft U.N. Security Council resolution condemning an Israeli attack in the Gaza Strip that killed 19 Palestinian civilians. John Bolton, the U.S. ambassador to the U.N., described the text as "unbalanced" and "biased against Israel and politically motivated."

The draft resolution considered by the Council, expressed "grave concern about the dire humanitarian situation of the Palestinian people and calls for the provision of emergency assistance" to them. It also demanded that Israel:

* immediately cease its military operations that endangers the Palestinian civilian population in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and to immediately withdraw its forces from within the Gaza Strip to positions prior to 28 June 2006;

* halt of all acts of violence and military activities between the Israeli and Palestinian side;

* preserve the Palestinian institutions, infrastructure and properties.

The war against the Palestinian people is "the second front" in the U.S. "war against terrorism." Especially since 2001, when Israel was given the green light to launch an all-out invasion of the West Bank and occupy every Palestinian city and town, numerous massacres of Palestinians have been carried out. Over the years, the U.S. has used its veto in the United Nations 82 times, not only to shield Israel from international condemnation and censure, but also to protect itself from the same pressure.

The U.S.-Israeli goals are to wipe out the Palestinian resistance movement, permanently annex large sections of Jerusalem and the West Bank to Israel and deprive the Palestinian people of any possibility of building a viable, independent state. This is part of U. S. imperialism's plan to re-colonize the Middle East, suppress any resistance to its domination and strengthen Israel as its forward base in the region.