UN General Assembly -in special emergency session- passes resolution demanding Israel drop its threat against Arafat
VOTE: 133 to 4, with 15 abstentionsThe four negative votes were Israel, United States, Marshall Islands and Micronesia.
You can pick your headline -- UN chides Israel, UN scolds Israel, UN demands Israel . . .
And then there's Reuters, straightforward, succinct: UN Backs Arafat.
Meanwhile, SAME DAY, Kofi Annan Rings Peace Bell, marking International Day of Peace
19 September – Secretary-General Kofi Annan rang the Peace Bell at United Nations Headquarters in New York today to mark the annual International Day of Peace. From the press release:
The International Day of Peace has been designated by the United Nations General Assembly as “a day of global ceasefire and non-violence, an invitation to all nations and peoples to honour a cessation of hostilities for the duration of the day”. It is meant to still the guns for some very practical reasons: so that humanitarian assistance can be delivered more easily; so that civilians can gain safe passage away from besieged areas; so that crops can be planted, or shelter erected, free from the threat of instant destruction; so that refugees and displaced persons can have at least some respite from the hostilities that have routed them from their homes.Feel sick? Blatant hypocrisy got you down? GO IMMEDIATELY TO THE WIESENTHAL CENTER LINK BELOW, AND SIGN PETITION TO KOFI ANNAN, DEMANDING THAT THE UN CONDEMN PALESTINIAN TERRORISM.
But, of course, the Day of Peace should also be a pause for reflection by the wider international community on the threats and challenges we face. In some parts of the world, the dominant threats to peace and security are seen as new and potentially more virulent forms of terrorism, the proliferation of non-conventional weapons, the spread of transnational criminal networks and the ways in which all these things maybe coming together to reinforce one another. But for many others around the globe, poverty, disease, deprivation and civil war remain the highest priorities. . .