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Explanation of position On draft resolution A/73/L.42 Entitled: “Activities of Hamas and Other Militant Groups in Gaza”

Explanation of position 

By the delegation of the Islamic Republic of Iran

On draft resolution A/73/L.42

Entitled: Activities of Hamas and Other Militant Groups in Gaza

Before the 73rd Session of the UN General Assembly

New York, 6 December 2018


In the Name of God, the most Compassionate, the most Merciful


Madam President,

have taken the floor to explain our position regarding draft resolution A/73/L.42, entitled “Activities of Hamas and Other Militant Groups in Gaza”.

This draft resolution represents the true nature of the U.S. foreign policy towards the Palestinians; a policy which essentially is based on deception, total disregard of the Palestinian’s rights, as well as an unreserved, unwavering, and sustained support for Israel; no matter what crime it commits, how many children it kills, how brutal and inhumane its practices are; and what basic norms and principles it violates.

This draft resolution is based on deception as it totally ignores themain root cause of the conflict, i.e. the decades-long illegal occupation of Palestine by Israel. Occupation remains at the epicenter of all conflicts in the Middle East. It is the main cause of more than seven decades of Israel’s brutal practices toward Palestinian peopleThis is the root cause of the continued violation of the fundamental human rights of the Palestinianand other Arabs living under Israel’s occupation. This is the main reason for the suffering and injustice imposed on the Palestinians resulting in the displacement of around six million refugees. It is why thePalestinians, both Muslim and Christian, suffer from a situation tantamount to ethnic-cleansing. Worse still, in the Gaza Strip, nearly two million Palestinians continue to live under the suffocating Israeli-imposed closure. This unlawful inhumane blockade has made Gaza an uninhabitable open-air prison designed to be unsustainable for human life. This situation represents an actual massive collective punishment against the entire Gaza population, including women and childrenThis constitutes a war crime.

One of the latest cruelties committed by Israel is the killing of more than 160 Palestinians and the injury of thousands more during thepeaceful Great Return March in Gaza.

Another reality on the ground that the draft resolution intentionally and entirely ignores is the continued illegal settlement activities in the Palestinian Territory. This constitutes not only a flagrant violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention but also war crime. This demonstratethat the Israeli regime has never had any intention for and interest in peace with the Palestinians. 

Furthermore, its so-called participation in the peace process has merely been a shroud to hide its policy of aggression and expansion. Emboldened by the changes in the U.S. political landscape, which led to the recognition of Jerusalem by America as the so-called capital of Israel and relocation of its Embassy to Jerusalem, the Israeli Occupying regime has conveniently put aside that shroud

Israel also continues to totally negate any right of the Palestinians to self-determination. This was represented in the recent enactment of the racist law of “one Jewish stateIn addition, this regime has taken unprecedented measures to accelerate Judaizing Jerusalem and altering its demographic composition as well as religious and cultural identity or eliminating the Palestinian Christian and Muslim presence in the Holy City.

Madam President,

All of the above-mentioned measures have been taken while the Security Council has failed to live up to its responsibilities to put an end to this illegal occupation and this decades-long tragedy. This failure is the direct result of the sustained and unequivocal supportof the U.S. for all of the Israeli regime’s policies and practices. Such policies highly emboldenethis regime to continue its illegal policies and inhumane practices against Palestinian people in clear violation of international law, international humanitarian and human rights laws as well as the United Nations resolutions and, more importantly, the principles of humanity

The tabling of this draft resolution represents yet another instance ofU.S. support for Israel’s narrative of the conflict justifying its aggression towards the Palestinians. This draft is a deceptive attempt to deflect the attention of the international community from the root causes of Middle East conflict, i.e. the occupation of Palestinian Territory. The U.S. initiative intends to underminesustained strong international support for the realization of the cause of Palestine. It tries to disregard relevant UN resolutions adopted over decades in support of the full realization of the Palestinian’s rights. Therefore, it not only targetHamas but also multilateralism and the long-standing support rendered to the Palestinian peoples by the United Nations and its Member States.

The Islamic Republic of Iran categorically rejects the draft resolution. We will vote against this draft resolution and urge all Member States to do likewise and to say NO to its adoption. We recognize Hamas as a legitimate resistance movement fighting for the liberation of Palestinian territory from foreign occupation. Hamas is part and parcel of the Palestinian people and defends the Palestinian civilians against Israeli military aggressionBy any measure, this is an inherent legitimate right under international law. 

Moreover, during the recent yearsHamas has consistently played a significant and responsible role in the maintenance of security in the Gaza Strip and has been committed to the elements of the 2014ceasefire agreementThereforeadopting any decision against Hamas will only serve the occupying regime’s interests. Adoption of such distorted draft resolution will also further embolden the Israeli regime in continuing its years-long brutal blockade of Gazathus deteriorating the already dire humanitarian crisis there. It will also send a very erroneous and frustrating message to the Palestinians, in particular in Gaza.

In conclusion, I would like to reiterate that peace in the Middle East cannot be achieved through coercion, intimidation or discriminatoryand selective policies. Condemning the legitimate struggle of the Palestinians against occupation is illegal, illegitimate and void of political wisdom, which is therefore unacceptable. Any solution to this crisis requires the termination of the occupation, restoration of all the inalienable rights of the Palestinians, including their right to returnto self-determination and testablish their own independent and viable State of Palestine with Al-Quds al-Sharif as its capital.

Despite all of the brutalities and recklessness committed by Israel along with the unwavering supportplots and plans of the U.S. in this regard, we are confident that all such rights will be realized and the force of logic will prevail over the logic of force. 

Thank you, Madam President.

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