The UN General Assembly Adopts Six Resolutions in Favor of Palestine

The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) overwhelmingly adopted on Friday evening five resolutions in support of Palestine and a sixth one on the Golan Heights.

The first resolution, titled Jerusalem, was adopted by the UNGA by a recorded vote of 148 in favor to 11 against with 14 abstentions.

The resolution reiterates that any actions by Israel to impose its laws, jurisdiction and administration on the Holy City of Jerusalem are illegal and therefore null and void.  It also stresses the need for the parties to observe calm and restraint and to refrain from provocative actions and calls for respect for the historic status quo at Jerusalem’s holy places.

It also rejects the recent relocation by the United States of its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

The second resolution was related to the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people. It called for exerting all efforts to promote the right to self‑determination of Palestinians and supporting the achievement of an end to Israeli occupation.

The third resolution, which was adopted by a recorded vote of 156 in favour to 8 against with 12 abstention, called for a final peace settlement to the Palestinian issue.

The fourth of those texts titled “Special information programme on the question of Palestine of the Department of Public Information of the Secretariat” would have the Assembly request the Department disseminate information on all the activities of the United Nations system relating to the question of Palestine and peace efforts.

The fifth one, titled “Division for Palestinian Rights of the Secretariat”, called on the Division to continue to monitor developments relevant to the question of Palestine.

Commenting on the voting, Palestine’s Permanent Observer to the UN Riyad Mansour said that

“by voting in favor of the five resolutions, the international community affirms its support of our national cause, despite the efforts made by the US administration in international forums to resist this.”

The UNGA also adopted a sixth resolution on the occupied Syrian Golan, demanding the withdrawal of Israel from all of the territory and affirming Syria’s sovereignty over it, in line with the relevant resolutions of the UN Security Council.


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