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UN Security Council Passes Resolution Challenging Jerusalem Declaration; US Vetoes

By Celine Hagbard | IMEMC | December 18, 2017

Fourteen of the fifteen nations in the United Nations Security Council voted Monday reaffirming the status of the city of Jerusalem as unresolved, and challenging the U.S. administration’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The U.S., which has veto power in the Council, vetoed the resolution.

Following the U.S. veto of the resolution, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu tweeted, “Thank you, Ambassador Haley. On Hanukkah, you spoke like a Maccabi. You lit a candle of truth. You dispel the darkness. One defeated the many. Truth defeated lies. Thank you, President Trump.”

The veto on Monday’s vote marked the first time that the U.S. has used its veto power since Donald Trump took power in the country.

The U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations said following the vote, “We [veto this resolution] with no joy, but we do it with no reluctance. The fact that this veto is being done in defense of American sovereignty and in defense of America’s role in the Middle East peace process is not a source of embarrassment for us; it should be an embarrassment to the remainder of the Security Council.”

But critics have pointed out that the U.S. administration’s move claiming Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is outside of the U.S. government’s jurisdiction, and is undermining the sovereignty and self-determination of the Palestinian people by denying their existence and right to the holy city.

Ambassador Haley also called the UN Security Council Resolution an insult.

The UN Security Council resolution was introduced by the Egyptian delegation to the Council, and was widely supported by nations around the world.

The UN Mideast Envoy Nickolay Mladenov spoke in favor of the resolution, citing Israel’s decade-old ‘E1 Plan’ to encircle the city of Jerusalem with colonial settlements, thereby cutting off the West Bank from the city and expanding the Israeli state in direct violation of international law and signed agreements.

According to Mladenov, since Trump made his declaration on December 6th, “some 1,200 units in the occupied West Bank were approved for construction, approximately 460 of them in the settlement of Ma’ale Adumim, in addition to the new settlement of Amihai, a new neighborhood in Kochav Yaakov, and a new site near Alon Shvut. The construction of infrastructure in Givat Hamatos…would solidify the ring of settlements isolating East Jerusalem from the southern West Bank.” Also in the past 12 days since Trump’s statement, “Israeli authorities demolished or seized 61 structures, 110 people, including 61 children were displaced and the livelihoods of over 1,000 people were affected.”

He pointed out that Israel has engaged in massive settlement growth on stolen Palestinian land, violence against civilian populations, and incitement against Palestinians, and noted that, “in 2017, there were 109 shooting, stabbing, ramming and bombing attacks conducted [by Palestinians against Israelis], compared to 223 in 2016. In 2017, 72 Palestinians and 15 Israelis were killed, while in 2016 there were 109 and 13, respectively.

The Israeli ambassador to the United Nations criticized the Security Council resolution, saying, “members of the Security Council can vote another hundred times to criticize our presence in Jerusalem, but history won’t change. While the Jewish people celebrate the holiday of Hanukkah that symbolizes the eternal connection to Jerusalem, there are people who think that they can rewrite history. It’s time for all countries to recognize that Jerusalem always was and always will be the capital of the Jewish people and the capital of Israel.”

But the statement by the Israeli ambassador did not acknowledge that the Security Council was not criticizing Jewish presence in the city of Jerusalem, but was instead challenging a unilateral action by the state of Israel, backed by the United States, to take over territory through the use of military force and expand Israel’s (never declared) borders while pushing out, killing and denying the presence of the indigenous Palestinian population. … Full article

December 18, 2017 - Posted by | Ethnic Cleansing, Racism, Zionism, Illegal Occupation | , , , , , ,

2 Comments »

  1. It’s hardly surprising that the USA Vetoed the resolution. Given that Democracy has died in the USA, it’s hardly likely that the USA is going to accept the 14 to 1 vote against the USA’s recognition of Jerusalem.
    The USA ALWAYS votes for anything that Israel demands of it anyway, such is Israel’s overwhelming “influence” in American politics(as opposed to Russia’s zero influence)

    Comment by Brian Harry, Australia | December 18, 2017 | Reply

    • And it’s not only the UNSC veto weapon…remember July 9, 2004, when the US (Jewish) member/”judge” caused the ICJ advisory opinion that the ZioApartheid Wall was blatantly illegal to be a same-result 14-1? My country has no shame….

      Now (I’ve not had the stomach to read beyond a cursory glance), the unendingly shallow (among other descriptors) monstrosity Trump has led a national-security-strategy realignment whereby the extremist colonialist Zionist entity so-called Israel is (drumroll) *not* the cause of Middle East chaos and dysfunction. No, the cause is the “Islamic jihadis” — or whatever is the current term used for extremist Muslims fed up with too many centuries of condescension, colonial/imperial oppression, theft of natural resources, poor-to-nonexistent internal “leadership” et al — who blow back their hatred with whatever resources and tactics are available to them. There’s a precise parallel there to the plight of the Palestinians: the victim becomes the victimizer and is perversely blamed for all ills. Just as the clever political/militant Zionists would, and do, and will, have it. Ordinary Americans (and, ever increasingly, world citizens) carry Zionist water, hew Zionist wood, submit to national-security (sic) dictates that benefit a foreign, malign horde….

      Comment by roberthstiver | December 19, 2017 | Reply


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