March 25, 2024
United Nations Security Council

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What’s Happening

On Monday, March 25, the U.N. Security Council (UNSC) adopted a resolution, in a near unanimous decision, demanding an immediate ceasefire in Gaza during the month of Ramadan. The resolution passed with 14 votes in favor and none against. The U.S. was the only country to abstain from the vote.

The resolution calls for a “lasting sustainable ceasefire,” the immediate and unconditional release of all hostages, and the expansion of aid delivered into Gaza to address the ongoing humanitarian crisis.

It also emphasizes the urgent need to reinforce the protection of civilians in Gaza. Since Oct. 7, Israel has killed nearly 32,000 civilians in Gaza, including over 13,000 children. Additionally, over one million people have been forcibly displaced and are facing a horrific humanitarian crisis due to Israel’s cutting off of food, water, and medicine.

Why It Matters

This it the first time the council successfully passed a UNSC resolution calling for a ceasefire in Gaza. The U.S. has previously used its veto power three times to block earlier resolutions from passing. This marks a significant change as the first time the U.S. has opted to abstain as opposed to voting against a ceasefire.

The resolutions from the UNSC are seen as international law and are binding on all member states of the U.N. Palestinian leaders have welcomed the adoption of the resolution as a “turning point” in ending Israel’s violent assault on Gaza.

What You Can Do

  • Demand that the U.S. help enforce the UNSC’s decision.
  • Continue urging your elected officials to call for a permanent ceasefire.
  • Keep advocating for a free Palestine.