US Fails to Win UN Condemnation of Hamas

United States failed Thursday to win condemnation of the Palestinian militant group Hamas in a vote at the U.N. General Assembly.While 87 member states said the group, which fires rockets into Israel and has targeted civilians with suicide bombs, should be condemned, 58 were opposed and 32 abstained.Before considering the U.S. measure, member states voted to require a two-thirds majority to pass it, as opposed to a simple majority. The U.S. fell short of the necessary votes, despite strong support from the European Union — all of the bloc's members voted for it."The question before us now is whether the U.N. thinks terrorism is acceptable if, and only if, it is directed against Israel," U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley said ahead of the vote.Haley, a staunch advocate of Israel, equated rejection of the U.S. proposal with being anti-Semitic.

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