UN General Assembly Passes Nine Resolutions in
Support for Palestinian Inalienable Rights
December 9, 2011
Saturday December 10, 2011 09:21 by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC News
On Friday, December 9, 2011, the United Nations General Assembly
passed nine resolutions related to Palestine as part of a set of 24
resolutions and two texts related to human rights and decolonization.
The resolutions were passed by the General Assembly after the
recommendation of the Special Political and Decolonization Committee.
Several of the resolutions were passed almost unanimously, with only
Israel voting against them.
Among these were a resolution that
called for an accelerated return of displaced persons who became
refugees in 1967, and called on donor countries to assist the United
Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA) in
meeting the needs of the Palestinian refugees. This resolution was
passed by a vote of 160 in favor to 1 opposed (Israel), with 9
Another resolution urged Israel to reimburse UNRWA
for all transit charges incurred and other financial losses sustained as
a result of delays and restrictions on movement and access, and to cease
obstructing the movement and access of the staff, vehicles and supplies
of the Agency. That resolution passed with a vote of 163 in favour to 7
against (Israel, Canada, Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall
Islands, Nauru, Palau, United States), with 2 abstentions (Cameroon,
Of the other Israel-Palestine related resolutions
passed by the United Nations General Assembly on Friday, five were part
of the report from the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli
Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People and Other
Arabs of the Occupied Territories, and related to Israel’s practices and
obligations as an Occupying Power under the Fourth Geneva Convention.
One of these resolutions demanded that Israel accept the de jure (by
law) applicability of the Convention in the Occupied Palestinian
Territory, including East Jerusalem, and other Arab territories occupied
by Israel since 1967, and that it comply scrupulously with the
provisions of the Convention. The text was approved by a recorded vote
of 162 in favour to 7 against (Israel, Canada, Federated States of
Micronesia, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, United States), with 3
abstentions (Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Vanuatu).
In another of the
five resolutions originating from the special committee, the Assembly,
bearing in mind the “extremely detrimental” impact of Israeli settlement
policies, decisions and activities on efforts to resume and advance the
peace process, reiterated its demand for the immediate and complete
cessation of all Israeli settlement activities in all of the Occupied
Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and in the occupied
It was adopted by a recorded vote of 162 in favour
to 7 against (Canada, Federated States of Micronesia, Israel, Marshall
islands, Nauru, Palau, United States), with 4 abstentions (Cameroon,
Côte d’Ivoire, Panama, Vanuatu).
Since the recommendation that
Palestine be split in half to create a Jewish state in 1947, the United
Nations has passed hundreds of resolutions on the issue of
Israel-Palestine, all of which have been voted against by the Israeli UN
delegate. These resolutions have repeatedly called on Israel to adhere
to its obligations under international law and the Fourth Geneva
Convention. But the UN General Assembly has no enforcement capability to
ensure that its resolutions are carried out.
Authority attempted in September to achieve recognition as a state at
the United Nations, to be able to participate in proceedings at the
General Assembly, but that petition was not approved by the United
Nations Security Council.
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