[News] Cuba Calls on UN Security Council to Take Action Against Israel

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  Cuba Calls on UN Security Council to Take Action Against Israel

26 January 2016

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January 26, 2016

January 26, 2016

Cuban Ambassador to the United Nations called on the United Nations 
Security Council to take action against the Israeli occupation of 
Palestine territory.

Cuban Ambassador to the U.N. Ana Silvia Rodriguez called on member 
countries of the United Nations Security Council to take concrete action 
to put an end to the Israeli occupation of Palestine.

“Why does this entity not fulfill its responsibilities? What are they 
waiting for? Who are they trying to protect by not taking action? Why, 
when there is a clear violation of peace and security, do they not take 
concrete actions?” Ambassador Rodriguez asked during a discussion on the 
current situation taking place in the Middle East.

On the current situation in Israel and Palestine, Rodriguez said this 
was the direct consequence of continued opposition from the U.S. to stop 
Israel from building settlements in the occupied territories.

Israel is the largest recipient of U.S. aid and almost all the United 
States bilateral aid to Israel is in the form of military assistance. 
According to the 2016 federal budget, Israel will receive US$3.1 billion 
in financial assistance.

"The persistent opposition by the United States, through their veto 
powers, has prevented this organization from making a decision with 
regards to Palestine,” Rodriguez stated.

Progress toward peace between Israel and Palestine urgently requires 
that Tel Aviv halts the construction of new settlements in the West 
Bank, the U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Tuesday 

"As oppressed peoples have demonstrated throughout the ages, it is human 
nature to react to occupation," Ban said.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Ban's comments "give a 
tail wind to terrorism," 
and he argued the U.N. "long ago lost its neutrality and its moral 

Over 500,000 Israelis are currently living in 120 illegal settlements 
built since 1967, including in Jerusalem—considered illegal by a range 
of international and regional bodies like the U.N, the EU, among others.
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