Details Of UN Vote On Israel’s Occupation Which Palestinians Say Is “A Victory”.
The United Nations General Assembly voted on Friday to ask the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for an opinion on the legal consequences of Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories.
The draft resolution, titled ‘Israeli practices affecting the human rights of the Palestinian people in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem,’ was adopted with 87 votes in favor, 26 against, and 53 abstentions, including India.
The resolution requests the ICJ to “render an advisory opinion” on the “legal consequences arising from the ongoing violation by Israel of the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination, from its prolonged occupation, settlement and annexation of the Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, including measures aimed at altering the demographic composition, character and status of the Holy City of Jerusalem, and from its adoption of related discriminatory legislation and measures.” It also asks the ICJ “how do the policies and practices of Israel… affect the legal status of the occupation, and what are the legal consequences that arise for all States and the United Nations from this status?”
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The US and Israel voted against the resolution, while Brazil, Japan, Myanmar, and France abstained. Nabil Abu Rudeineh, spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, welcomed the vote, saying “the time has come for Israel to be a state subject to law, and to be held accountable for its ongoing crimes against our people.” Senior Palestinian official Hussein al-Sheikh tweeted that the vote “reflects the victory of Palestinian diplomacy.”
Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations, Gilad Erdan, condemned the resolution as “outrageous” and a “moral stain on the UN and every country that supports it.” He also accused the UN of “moral decay” for holding a vote on the issue on Shabbat, the Jewish day of rest. Ronald S Lauder, President of the World Jewish Congress, called the vote a “shameful resolution that seeks to isolate and demonize the Jewish state” and an “outgrowth of the biased Commission of Inquiry on Israel.” He said peace in the region can only be negotiated directly by the Israelis and Palestinians.
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