UN resolution condemns Israel's construction and expansion of settlements

[12-11-2022 10:40 AM]

Ammon News - The General Assembly condemned on Friday, in accordance with a resolution adopted by its Fourth Committee, Israel's construction and expansion of settlements in and around occupied East Jerusalem, including the so-called E-1 plan, which aims to link and isolate its illegal settlements around occupied East Jerusalem.

The draft resolution was submitted to the Committee on Decolonization by: Jordan, Brunei Darussalam, Algeria, Iraq, Cuba, Lebanon, Egypt, Mauritania, State of Palestine, Senegal, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Namibia.

150 countries voted in favor of the resolution ,8 countries opposed it, including Israel, the United States and Canada, while 14 countries voted to abstain.

The resolution denounced Israel's continued demolition of Palestinian homes, the expulsion of Palestinian families from Jerusalem, the revocation of the Palestinians' right of residence in Jerusalem, and the continuation of settlement activities in the Jordan Valley, all of which are actions that further dismember and undermine the geographical contiguity of the occupied Palestinian territories, and demanded that those plans be halted.

The resolution called on Israel, to comply with its legal obligations, as mentioned in the advisory opinion of the International Court of Justice on July 9, 2004.

The resolution affirmed that Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem and the occupied Syrian Golan, are illegal, and stressed that the transfer of some of Israel's civilian population to the territory occupied by Israel constitutes a breach of the Fourth Geneva Convention.

Jordan also voted last night on a draft resolution before the Fourth Committee on Decolonization on "Properties of Palestinian Refugees and Revenues from them."

160 countries voted in favor of the resolution submitted by Jordan with some other countries to the committee, while 7 countries opposed it and 7 countries voted to abstain.

The decision referred to the progress report completed by the "Programme for Identification and Evaluation of Arab Property" announced by the Conciliation Committee and to the fact that the Land Department had a register of Arab owners and a file of documents (plans) specifying the location and area of Arab property and its other characteristics.

The resolution affirmed that "Palestinian refugees have the right to their property and to the revenues derived from it, in accordance with the principles of equity and justice," noting that the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the principles of international law recognize the principle that no one may be arbitrarily deprived of his private property.

The resolution urged the Palestinian and Israeli sides to deal with the important issue of Palestinian refugee properties and the revenues from them within the framework of final status peace negotiations.

The resolution requested the Secretary-General of the United Nations to take all appropriate steps, in consultation with the United Nations Conciliation Commission on Palestine, to protect Arab property, assets and property rights in Israel, and once again requests Israel to provide the Secretary-General with all necessary facilities and help implement this decision.

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