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UN General Assembly affirms illegality of Israeli actions in occupied East Jerusalem

Israeli excavator demolishes a Palestinian home in the West Bank on 7 November 2017 [Nedal Eshtayah/Anadolu Agency]

The United Nations General Assembly in New York passed six resolutions on Thursday affirming Palestinian rights and condemning Israeli violations of international law.

The resolutions were passed in the context of the UNGA’s annual debate on the question of Palestine and the situation in the Middle East.

In one resolution (‘Jerusalem’), “the Assembly reiterated that any actions by Israel, the occupying Power, to impose its laws, jurisdiction and administration on the Holy City of Jerusalem were illegal and therefore null and void”.

This resolution was adopted by 151 votes in favour to 6 against (Canada, Federated States of Micronesia, Israel, Marshall Islands, Nauru, United States), with 9 abstentions (Australia, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Honduras, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, South Sudan, Togo).

Israel’s delegate condemned the resolutions, claiming that the UN “continued to annually adopt biased resolutions and devote precious resources…to politicized bodies whose sole purpose was to attack and denounce Israel”. The US representative “echoed that opposition”.

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Another resolution, ‘Peaceful settlement of the question of Palestine’, was adopted by a vote of 157 in favour to 7 against (Canada, Federated States of Micronesia, Israel, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Solomon Islands, United States) with 8 abstentions (Australia, Cameroon, Fiji, Honduras, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, South Sudan, Tonga).

The text “called for the intensification of efforts by the parties towards the conclusion of a final peace settlement, stressed the need for resumed negotiations and called upon Israel to cease all unilateral actions in the Occupied Palestinian Territory”.

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  • peepsqueek

    I would be fine with the UN Democratic vote if United Nations used a balanced scale regarding all 22 Arab Capitals, if they used a balance scale on Israel’s Arab neighbors regarding their abysmal human rights records, and if United Nations, as a peace keeping entity, could actually maintain some peace in the Islamic world.

    Among the six resolutions was one, sponsored by Syria, which condemned Israel’s continued presence on the Golan Heights.
    Israel noted the absurdity of such a resolution at a time when the Syrian regime was using chemical weapons against its own citizens while Israel was treating the wounded of that conflict who managed to cross its borders.

    • The Syrian GOVERNMENT did not use chemical weapons, israeli/US sponsored terrorists did and they continue to be financed by the same.

      • peepsqueek

        What is your primary source of that fact? Please be specific, and do not dodge the question.

  • Rafin S Fastur

    Why are America’s political assets and tax money wasted in the Middle East? The reason is clear. Jews represent only 2.2% of the country’s adult population, however their financial donations to US political campaigns is significant. They contribute a whopping 50% of funds received by the Democratic Party and 25% to the Republican Party. Also, there are three powerful formal pro-Zionist lobbying groups in the United States. They are: Christians United for Israel, The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), which directly lobbies the US Congress and the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, which is the main contact between the Jewish community and the executive branch of the US government.