Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu Saturday called a vote by the United Nations Common Meeting (UNGA) to refer Israeli occuptation to the Worldwide Courtroom of Justice (ICJ) a “disgraceful decision.”
Previous to the vote, Israel Ambassador to the UN Gilad Erdan called the decision “outrageous, and an ethical stain on the UN” and stated, “no worldwide physique can determine that the Jewish individuals are occupiers in their very own homeland.” He continued, “any choice from a judicial physique which receives its mandate from the morally bankrupt and politicized UN is totally illegitimate.” Erdan argued that, whereas Israel has gone on to signal peace treaties with different Arab nations this 12 months, Palestinian management repeatedly rejects each peace initiative, and encourages terrorism towards Israel, and that the UN is aiding Palestinian management in harming the one democracy within the Center East.
Nations who voted towards the decision together with Israel embrace the US, Canada, Italy, Germany, Austria, and 20 others. 87 UN Member States voted sure, 26 no, with 53 abstentions and 27 absent. Israel’s Minister of Overseas Affairs Eli Cohen tweeted in a thread that the passing of the decision “is an anti-Israeli choice that lends assist to terrorist organizations & the antisemitic BDS motion.” He additional displays that the initiative represents errors in Palestinian management – that they’re way more targeted on harming Israel by sponsoring and supporting terrorism than they’re of working for the advantage of the Palestinian folks. Cohen provides that “this choice is not going to change the scenario on the bottom,” and that the passing of this decision harms the peace course of.
UNWatch, a non-governmental group whose said mission is to observe the UN and promote human rights, noted that of the 28 UNGA resolutions handed in 2022, 15 have been focused at Israel. The others have been resolutions on Iran, Syria, North Korea, Myanmar, the US and Russia. No resolutions have been handed in 2022 condemning China, Qatar, Lebanon, Iraq, Turkey or different nations thought of to be human rights violators. Head of UNWatch and former Israel ambassador to the UN Hillel Neuer said the decision “ignores Jewish and Christian historical past by calling the Temple Mount solely by its Islamic identify.”
In October a UN Fee of Inquiry found that “Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territory is illegal beneath worldwide legislation on account of its permanence and the Israeli authorities’s de facto annexation insurance policies.” A draft of the resolution was accredited by the fourth committee in November with a vote of 98 sure, 17 no and 52 abstentions. The plenary vote Friday yielded a special rely, however handed nonetheless.