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UN Assembly Condemns Israel

The General Assembly adopted a resolution strongly condemning Israel for its raid on Iraq’s nuclear reactor last June 7 and called on all states to stop the shipment of arms to Israel. The vote was 109-2 and 34 abstentions. Israel and the United States opposed the resolution. Among those abstaining were the European Economic Community countries, except Greece.

The resolution, which was sponsored by Iraq and 29 other Arab and Third World countries, declared that it “strongly condemns Israel for its premeditated and unprecedented act of aggression in violation of the Charter of the United Nations and the norms of international conduct, which constitutes a new and dangerous escalation in the threat to international peace and security.”

The resolution also called on all states to stop shipment of arms and related materiel to Israel, requests the Security Council to investigate Israel’s nuclear activities,” and demanded that Israel pay compensation “for the material damage and loss of life as a result of the attack.”

The resolution, in its preamble, also expressed concern over the United States supplied aircraft and weapons by Israel in its actions against Arab countries.

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