ICEJ News, December 16, 2002
For the first time in its 52-year history, the United Nation's Security Council condemned terrorism against Israelis following the suicide bombing at the Paradise Hotel and the firing of missiles at an Israeli passenger plane in Kenya last month.

Syria, one of the ten rotating members and the only Arab state of the Security Council, opposed the resolution because it expressed solidarity with the Israeli government as well as Kenya. 

The Syrian representative said the language of the resolution deviated from the main purpose of such a resolution, which was to condemn the terrorist act in Kenya.  He said the country could not accept the repeated mention of Israel in the text.

The fourteen other Security Council members voted for the resolution.

"The resolution reasserts that the Security Council's commitment to fighting terrorism is at the top of its priorites, "said US Ambassador at the UN, John Negroponte.

Ten Kenyans and three Israelis died on November 28 when a vehicle parked with explosives plowed into the Paradise Hotel.  Minutes before the blast, two missiles were fired at an Arkia Airlines aircraft as it was taking off from Mombasa airport with Israeli tourists returning to Tel Aviv.  The missiles narrowly missed the jet.

The Security Council resolution condemned "the terrorist bomb attack" and the attempted missile attack against "Arkia Israeli Airlines... as well as other recent terrorist attacks in various countries, and regards such acts, like any act of international terrorism as a threat to international peace and security."
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