Resolutions on Jerusalem, Palestinians and demand that Israel withdrawal from Golan Heights passed by United Nations General Assembly
The United Nations adopted a total of 6 resolutions against the State of Israel on Friday, all concerning the Palestinians, Jerusalem and the Golan Heights. While resolutions passed by the General Assembly are not binding, they do dictate the United Nations’ agenda, specifically in the Security Council.
The first resolution, “the peaceful settlement of the question of Palestine” calls for the “intensification of efforts by the parties, including through negotiations, with the support of the international community, towards the conclusion of a final peace settlement”. It was voted in favor by 153, 7 against (Canada, Federated States of Micronesia, Israel, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau and USA) and 7 abstentions.
The second, a “Resolution on Jerusalem” calls that “any actions taken 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 and had no validity whatsoever, and called upon Israel to immediately cease all such illegal and unilateral measures.”. It was voted in favor by 149, 7 against (Canada, Federated States of Micronesia, Israel, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, United States) and 8 abstentions. The resolution is the third resolution passed by a UN body that denies Jewish ties to Jerusalem.
The “resolution on the Syrian Golan”, demands “that Israel withdraw from all the occupied territory to the line of 4 June 1967 and called on all parties concerned to exert the necessary efforts to ensure the resumption of the peace process”. It was passed by 103 in favor, Canada, Federated States of Micronesia, Israel, Marshall Islands, Palau and United States voted against with a large number of abstentions, 56 in total.
The fourth resolution adopted was to renew the “Special Information Program on the Question of Palestine of the Department of Public Information of the Secretariat”. The resolution seeks to “disseminate information on all activities relating to the question of Palestine and peace efforts and to organize and promote fact-finding news missions for journalists to the Occupied Palestinian Territories, including East Jerusalem, and Israel”. 153 voted in favor, Australia, Canada, Federated States of Micronesia, Israel, Marshall Islands, Palau and the United States voted against with 7 abstentions.
There was also an oral revision of the “Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People” with an additional resolution passed referred to as the “Division for Palestinian Rights of the Secretariat” with 98 in favor, 9 against (Australia, Canada, Federated States of Micronesia, Guatemala, Israel, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, USA) and 57 abstentions in total.
The resolutions come following the United Nations General Assembly President Peter Thomson’s attendance at the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People on the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. Thomson made headlines when he was photographed attending the meeting wearing a Palestinian flag scarf.