Palestinians May Turn to UN General Assembly if U.S. Vetoes Jerusalem Resolution, Envoy Says
Palestinian Ambassador to the UN Riyad Mansour says Palestinians and Egyptians have worked closely with Security Council members while drafting the resolution to ensure that it gets overwhelming support
ed note–The UN is the reason that the Jewish state exists, and as has been demonstrated over, and over and over again, it is absolutely USELESS as an institution unless it is a Muslim nation–such as Iraq or Libya–that is to be destroyed. Syria–and more importantly, the role that the Iran and Russia played in liberating it–is the model that the Palestinians need to employ. The UN is the plaything of America and will never be used for anything other than furthering America’s demands. As Trump said in justifying his ‘declaration’ on Jerusalem, why continue utilizing the same method over and over again knowing that the results will not change?
If the Palestinians are truly serious about ending the genocide and the organized attempt on the part of Judea, Inc to wipe them off the face of the earth, then they need to look eastward towards Iran and Russia for the solution, and not westward towards the UN, ensconced in one of the 2 most powerful centers in terms of Jewish influence–New York.
As was demonstrated with the success in Syria that was the result of Iran and Russia acting unilaterally and outside the opprobrium of the ‘world body’, sometimes dong the right thing and getting the job done requires stepping outside of protocol no matter whose panties get twisted in a knot over it.
The Palestinian leadership may turn to the UN General Assembly if Washington vetoes a draft UN Security Council resolution to reaffirm Jerusalem’s status as unresolved, after President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize it as Israel’s capital.
The Palestinian United Nations envoy raised this option in remarks published in Saudi daily Arab News on Monday, ahead of a Security Council vote on an Egyptian-drafted resolution about Jerusalem’s status which the United States is expected to veto.
The draft says any “decisions and actions which purport to have altered the character, status or demographic composition of the Holy City of Jerusalem have no legal effect, are null and void and must be rescinded”.
Trump’s December 6 decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and to move the U.S. Embassy to the city has provoked widespread anger and protests among Palestinians as well as broad international criticism, including from top U.S. allies.
Israel says Jerusalem is its indivisible capital. It captured East Jerusalem in the 1967 Six-Day War and annexed it in a move never recognized internationally. Palestinians want East Jerusalem as the capital of a future state they seek in territory Israel captured a half century ago.
Arab News quoted Ambassador Riyad Mansour as saying that the Palestinians and Egyptians have worked closely with Security Council members while drafting the resolution to ensure that it gets overwhelming support.
“The Europeans in particular asked us to avoid terms like ‘denounce’ and ‘condemn,’ and not to mention the U.S. by name,” it quoted Mansour as saying. “We acceded to their request but kept the active clauses rejecting all changes to Jerusalem and the reaffirmation of previous decisions.”
Israel has long accused the United Nations of bias against it in its conflict with the Palestinians and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised Trump’s move again on Sunday.
The Palestinians have the option of invoking a rarely-used article of the UN Charter that calls for parties to a dispute not to cast a veto, Arab News said. But, it said, they are more likely to take the issue to the General Assembly under Resolution 377A, known as the “Uniting for Peace” resolution.
Resolution 377A was passed in 1950 and used to authorize the deployment of U.S. troops to fight in the Korean war.
Mansour said Palestinians resorted to the “Uniting for Peace” resolution in the 1990s after Israel began building a settlement on Jabal Abut Ghnaim, a hilltop on occupied West Bank land south of Jerusalem, but left that session in suspension. However, they could seek a resumption of the session, he said.
“If the resolution is vetoed, the Palestinian delegation can send a letter to the UN Secretary General and ask him to resume the emergency session,” he said, according to Arab News.
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