Jerusalem: UN resolution rejects Trump's declaration

Remigio Civitarese
Gennaio 17, 2018

Arab nations here have sought India's support ahead of a rare emergency UN General Assembly session on Thursday that will vote over Jerusalem being recognised by the U.S. as the capital of Israel.

In a press statement issued late on Thursday, the Arab League Secretary-General said, "The vote represents the global community's support to Palestine's rights in terms of the worldwide law".

The latest development followed 18 Arab Ambassadors' meeting with Minister of State for External Affairs M.J. Akbar last week to seek India's support in this regard.

The UN General Assembly adopted a resolution condemning Washington's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, by an overwhelming majority.

Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem has never been recognised internationally, and all countries now maintain their embassies in Tel Aviv.

It said the vote on the resolution, which was drafted by Egypt, was 14 to 1, suggesting there could be a similarly wide margin against the United States in the 193-member General Assembly, of which all 14 members of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) are members.

In a rare emergency session of the UN General Assembly 128 countries voted to call on the U.S. to rescind its December 6 decision on Jerusalem.

Unlike the regular annual sessions of the Assembly which end after a year, an emergency special session can continue indefinitely and be reconvened periodically even after a gap of several years.

The bitter confrontation at the United Nations shows the lingering repercussions of Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem, which defied world opinion and upended decades of American policy. "It is shaped by our views and interests, and not determined by any third country".

In a Facebook post, Mr Morales said the decision was taken after he had spoken with Israel's PM Benjamin Netanyahu.

It came after US President Donald Trump threatened to cut financial aid to those who backed the resolution. According the Kashmir News Bureau monitoring desk, on Dec 08, 2017 despite restrictions in many parts of Valley, the Muslims length and breadth of Kashmir held protests to condemn the United States recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. "[It] sends a clear message to Israel that there is a price to pay for its human rights abuses and violations of worldwide law", the ANC said in a statement. It leads and supports the global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement for Palestinian rights.

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