United Nations General Assembly (UNGA)
Member States of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) voiced on Tuesday support for the Palestinian people’s right to self-determination and criticized Israel for continuously violating international law.
During a meeting held as part of UNGA’s 74th Session, in which over 20 member states debated on the question of Palestine, the Permanent Observer for the State of Palestine said that international support for the Palestinian people has not wavered despite Israel’s attempts to destroy a two-State formula and recent aberrations in decisions by the current United States Administration that contradict international law.
“Failure to hold Israel accountable for its crimes has led it to believe it is a State above the law”, said Palestine’s Permanent Observer. “As a result, the United Nations Charter and United Nations resolutions are being trampled with utter contempt. Palestinian civilians, including women and children, continue to be killed and injured. Israel’s 12-year blockade of Gaza has caused 2 million Palestinians to live in an ‘open-air prison,’ where the unemployment rate is a staggering 53 per cent.”
During the day-long debate, speakers expressed their support for the Palestinian people’s right to self-determination and condemned Israel for continuing its settlement activities.
Kuwait’s delegate, echoing the sentiments of several Member States, expressed alarm about Israel’s attempts to change the historic status of holy sites in Jerusalem, the freezing of Palestinian tax revenues and the decision not to extend the temporary international presence in Hebron.
Along those lines, Indonesia’s delegate also stressed: “This is not a conflict between two equal parties over a disputed territory.” Rather, an occupying State is imposing colonization policies in the territory of another State, under inhumane conditions, he added.
Speakers also rejected the unilateral decision by the United States Government to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
The representative of Malaysia further denounced the recent decision by the United States that stated Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory are no longer inconsistent with international law.
Iran’s delegate said the United States must be held accountable for such unjustifiable, irresponsible acts and condemned the United States decision in support of Israel’s annexation of the Occupied Syrian Golan.
Also speaking as part of the same session, Syria’s representative said that bolstered by blind support from some Member States’ law, Israel has carried out attacks on Syria’s territory, attempting to change the history of the Golan, pillage its wealth and confiscate the territories of its people.