Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center (FSWC) is deeply concerned by Canada’s decision to abstain on a United Nations’ resolution pertaining to the Israel-Gaza conflict.
The text, which was titled “Protection of the Palestinian civilian population” and failed to include any mention of Hamas, passed overwhelmingly Wednesday in an emergency session of the UN General Assembly by a vote of 120 to 8 with 45 abstentions. The United States and Australia were among the countries to vote against it.
“Canada has turned its back on democracy in choosing to abstain on today’s resolution,” said FSWC President and CEO Avi Benlolo. “The United Nations’ fixation on condemning Israel is not only absurd, it is a threat to global stability. We wish Canada would have recognized that today.”
Canada did vote in favour of a U.S.-sponsored amendment to condemn Hamas for launching rockets and inciting violence along the Gaza border, but the text was ultimately rejected.