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Excerpts from: “Fourth Committee, Concluding Work, Sends Raft of Resolutions to General Assembly on Information, Israeli Practices Committee, Middle East Refugee Relief Agency” (http://www.un.org/press/en/2014/gaspd576.doc.htm)
Research by Cem Ertür
UN, 13 November 2014
By a recorded vote of 157 in favour to 7 against (Canada, Federated States of Micronesia, Israel, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau and United States), with 11 abstentions, the Committee approved “L.15” on Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and the occupied Syrian Golan.
According to that text, the Assembly, reaffirming that the Israeli settlements were illegal and an obstacle to peace and economic and social development, would reiterate its demand for the immediate and complete cessation of all such activities there. It would stress that a complete cessation of settlement activities was essential for salvaging the two-State solution on the basis of the pre-1967 borders.
The Committee then turned to draft resolution “L.17” on the occupied Syrian Golan, approving it by a recorded vote of 158 in favour to 1 against (Israel), with 16 abstentions.
By its terms, the Assembly would call on Israel, the occupying Power, to comply with the relevant resolutions on the occupied Syrian Golan, in particular, Security Council resolution 497 (1981), in which the Council decided that Israel’s imposition of its laws, jurisdiction and administration were null and void and without international legal effect. It would also call on Israel to desist from changing the physical character, demographic composition, institutional structure and legal status of the occupied Syrian Golan.
BASHAR JA’AFARI (Syria) said Member States, through their support for the resolutions, had sent a clear message to Israel to end its occupation of Arab territories and serious violations of human rights and humanitarian law. On the Syrian Golan, Member States had overwhelmingly rejected Israel’s occupation. Everyone was aware that Israel’s violations of international law were also violations against humanity. [Ja’aafari] said that Israel, the occupying Power, backed terrorism, which had led to a pullback of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) from their positions in the Golan. Those terrorists had also kidnapped some personnel. The most recent report of the Secretary-General on UNDOF clearly indicated that Israel was cooperating with terrorists of the al-Nusra Front, facilitating its passage across borders through the area of operation of UNDOF. What he said there in no way pointed to anti-Semitism, Judea-phobia, or the Holocaust.
He said that Israel was the only country to have voted against the resolution on the occupied Syrian Golan. That suggested its lack of concern for international consensus or international law, or for the United Nations. A country that claimed it was created through the United Nations did not heed the Organization’s decisions. Any hesitation to condemn occupation and annexation sent a wrong signal to those who considered themselves “beyond the pale of the law”. He saw in Israel’s statement a desire to adopt a resolution glorifying its occupation of Arab territories.
Exercising his right of reply, the representative of Syria [Bashar Ja’aafari] said some delegates had not correctly comprehended his country’s statement. Israel’s violations and annexations had reminded Syria of dark periods of history. Any other interpretation was not correct and was the product of the critics’ imagination. The Israeli representative made his own interpretations of events regarding UNDOF in order to malign Syria. Israel belonged in the Guinness Book of Records for the number of its violations against Arabs. Further, treating terrorists in Israeli hospitals and sending them back into Syria to fight did not constitute humanitarian assistance.
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Fourth Committee, Concluding Work, Sends Raft of Resolutions to General Assembly on Information, Israeli Practices Committee, Middle East Refugee Relief Agency – Sixty-ninth session, 25th Meeting (AM)
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