Israel is blackmailing impoverished countries to obtainÂ votes in its favour at the UN, the Coalition for Accountability and Integrity AMAN revealed on Sunday.
AMANâ€™s Director, Azmi Shuaibi, said that Israel uses the funds allocated to the UN to buy votes in favour of or against proposals criticizing its violence and oppression against the Palestinian people.
â€śDuring the last three years, the organisation monitored violations carried out by the Israeli foreign ministry,â€ť Shuaibi said, according to Days of Palestine.
Among these violations, he said, was â€śputting pressure on the Nigerian government in order to refrain from voting for a resolution that proposed a timetable for ending the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian lands.â€ť The draft resolution was proposed on 31 December 2015.
He reiterated that the Palestinians received a written agreement by Nigeria to vote for the resolution, but the African country retreated at the last minute â€śdue to the Israeli blackmailing.â€ť
â€śBased on the observations of his organization, there are several transparency-related doubts regarding the Israel heading of the Legal Committee at the UN; a position it has been chairing since June last year,â€ť he said.
He noted that the Israeli cuts of funds allocated to the UN that followed UNSC Resolution 2334, which condemned Israeli settlements â€śwas not more than a trick.â€ť
Shuaibi reiterated that the funds had been used to â€śput pressure and blackmailâ€ť developing countries in order to get their votes.
On March 30, Israel cut $2 million of its UN funding. This came after the January cut of $6 million which followed the UN Human Rights Council adopting four resolutions against Israeli human rights violations.
The Israeli foreign ministry claimed that this was in an effort to correct the â€śdiscriminationâ€ť which the UN practices against it.
The Coalition for Accountability and Integrity (AMAN) is affiliated to Transparency International.
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