Unceasing fire

Saturday, Apr 13, 2024

The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has finally adopted a resolution, with 14 in favour and one, the US, in abstention, calling for a ceasefire in Gaza and the unconditional release of all captives or hostages. The resolution was fully backed by four of the five permanent members or super powers of the UNSC despite Washington’s reluctance to throw its weight behind the almost unanimous move. Sadly, a recalcitrant attitude of the US looks set to relegate this resolution to the growing pile of international law, norms, treaties, and directives that Israel can safely ignore. Though it did not veto this latest ceasefire resolution, the US continues to arm Israel, effectively undermining any chances of it actually being implemented. How one can secure a lasting peace and justice in Gaza and the other Israeli-occupied territories without US cooperation remains dubious. Continued failure to implement a ceasefire even after passing a resolution calling for one will rob the UNSC of its credibility in the eyes of most.

Guldar Ali Khan Wazir