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UN passes six resolutions against Israeli occupation

By Ana Thorne - December 17, 2018
Section: [Main News]

The UN General Assembly on November 30 passed by vote six resolutions condemning Israel and supporting the Palestinians at its annual session on the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. 

One of the resolutions, devoted to Jerusalem, presents the Temple Mount as a holy place for Muslims. Of the 193 member states of the United Nations, 147 voted in favor of the text, seven voted against and eight abstained.
Countries opposed to this resolution include the United States, Canada, Israel, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru and Palau.
Australia, Guatemala, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay and Vanuatu abstained, while countries such as France, Italy, Germany and the United Kingdom voted in favor of this proposal.
In another resolution on Jerusalem, the General Assembly stated that "the historic status quo be respected verbally and concretely in the holy places of Jerusalem, including on the esplanade of the mosque,” and urged all parties to work immediately to put an end to tensions.
This included “all acts of provocation, incitement and violence committed in the holy places of the city.”
A resolution on The Syrian Golan was also adopted stating Israel’s governance of Golan is null and void, as voted in November by 103 votes for, six against (Canada, Israel, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Palau and the United States) and 56 abstentions.
The US UN Ambassador, Niki Haley, condemned the General Assembly vote.
“At a time when the world has faced devastating conflicts and humanitarian disasters, that it is regrettable to see the resolutions that have been diverted,” Nikki Haley stated.
"All six resolutions fail in dialogue, and they are also an organizational infrastructure for funding anti-Israeli activities under the auspices of the United Nations," Haley added.
She also denounced the fact that the resolutions do not mention the terrorist attacks that killed 42 Israeli citizens and wounded more than 600 others, thus recognising internationally recognized terrorists including Hamas.
The coauthors of the texts refuse, she also accused, to use the term "Mount of the Temple", the holiest site of Judaism, and "the most sacred place of the Abrahamic religions that are Islam, the Christianity and Judaism.”
The Israeli ambassador believes there is a persistent refusal of the Palestinians and their supporters to recognize the historical connection of the Jewish people to the holy places and the city of Jerusalem.
The representative of the United States Mission at the session of the General Assembly, who voted against all the resolutions, denounced the "disproportionate number of resolutions condemning Israel", saying that these texts undermine "the perspective for peace."
He added that his country was "disappointed" that the General Assembly chose to isolate Israel, which is “counterproductive."
The International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People is celebrated by the United Nations on November 29 of each year, the anniversary of the adoption by the General Assembly in 1947 of the United Nations Palestine Sharing Plan.

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