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UN seeking to put Israeli military on blacklist

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
A Palestinian woman pauses amid destroyed buildings in the northern district of Beit Hanun in the Gaza Strip during a truce on July 26, 2014. © AFP

The United Nations is seeking to put the Israeli military on its blacklist over the regime’s aggressive policies against the Palestinian people, particularly children.

The move is recommended by Leila Zerrougui, the UN secretary-general's special representative for children and armed conflict.

Zerrougui said such an act must be taken because of some 500 Palestinian children who were killed and 3,300 others who were injured during last summer's Israeli aggression against the besieged Gaza Strip.

The photo dated March 13, 2015 shows Palestinian children playing amidst debris of houses that were destroyed during last year's 50-day Israeli war, in the Gaza Strip town of Beit Hanun. (© AFP)

Observers believe the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon seems likely to resist the call because the move could fully terminate ties between Tel Aviv and the UN.

On Wednesday, US senator Lindsey Graham said the US will cut funding to the UN, should the world body continue to function in a manner that “marginalizes” Israel.

Israel started its latest war on the Gaza Strip in early July last year. The onslaught ended on August 26, 2014, with a truce that took effect after indirect negotiations in the Egyptian capital, Cairo.

Nearly 2,200 Palestinians, including 577 children, were killed in Israel’s 50-day onslaught. Over 11,100 others - including 3,374 children, 2,088 women and 410 elderly people - were also injured.

Reports say that Gaza needs USD 6 billion to rebuild its devastated infrastructure as the Israeli attacks have destroyed many houses, hospitals, schools and mosques across the Palestinian territory.


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