2022-2023 UNGA Resolutions on Israel vs. Rest of the World

• Resolutions on Israel: 16
• Resolutions on Rest of the World: 7

In the current 77th session of the UN General Assembly (2022-2023), EU member states are likely to vote for one resolution each on the human rights situations in Iran, Syria, North Korea, Myanmar, and Crimea. See second table at bottom, showing resolution texts and votes. By contrast, EU states will likely vote in favor of nearly all 17 resolutions singling out Israel.

These same EU states have failed to introduce a single UNGA resolution this year on the human rights situation in China, Venezuela, Saudi Arabia, Cuba, Turkey, Pakistan, Vietnam, Algeria, or on 175 other countries.

Below are the resolutions on Israel that have been adopted, or that are expected to be adopted, in the 77th Session (2022-2023) of the UN General Assembly.

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RESOLUTIONS SINGLING OUT ISRAEL

 

Resolution Extracts Analysis
“The occupied Syrian Golan” [A/C.4/77/L.13]

4th Committee vote (Nov. 11, 2022) 

  • 148 Yes
  • 3 No (Israel, Liberia & United States)
  • 22 Abstain
“Determines that all legislative and administrative measures and actions taken or to be taken by Israel, the occupying Power, that purport to alter the character and legal status of the occupied Syrian Golan are null and void…” Ignores the existence of the Syrian Civil War and its security implications for Israel and the civilians of the Golan Heights. Also ignores Syria’s history of shelling Israeli communities, its leader’s calls for a “war of annihilation” against Israel, and Syria’s 1967 aggression that led to its loss of the territory. Also neglects Syria’s sponsorship of the enemies of the peace process, and its support for terrorism. Falsely claims that Israel is oppressing and imposing Israeli citizenship on the Arab population of the Golan Heights.
“Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and the occupied Syrian Golan” [A/C.4/77/L.14]

4th Committee vote (Nov. 11, 2022) 

  • 150 Yes
  • 8 No (Canada, Hungary, Israel, Liberia, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru & United States)
  • 14 Abstain
“Reaffirms that the Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and in the occupied Syrian Golan are illegal and an obstacle to peace and economic and social development…” Adopts Palestinian position on issues that Oslo Accords left to negotiations, such as settlements and borders. Israel is treated with disdain in comparison to praise and deference to governments in other country resolutions. Makes sweeping legal pronouncements on disputed matters, for example by accusing Israel of violating international law for ordering demolitions of illegally built structures in territory over which it has administrative control. Makes an immoral equivalence between Palestinian terror and violence and Israeli countermeasures. Specifically condemns incitement by “Israeli settlers,” but fails to expressly condemn widespread, official terrorist and antisemitic incitement by Palestinian officials, media and education.
“Assistance to Palestine refugees” [A/C.4/77/L.10]

4th Committee vote (Nov. 11, 2022)

  • 165 Yes
  • 1 No (Israel)
  • 10 Abstain
“Expressing grave concern at the especially difficult situation of the Palestine refugees under occupation, including with regard to their safety, well-being and socioeconomic living conditions…” Resolution serves Arab states that seek to preserve Palestinians as pawns in political campaign to delegitimize Israel. Intent and effect of singling out Palestinian from all refugee claims in the world is to isolate and demonize Israel. Omits any reference to Lebanon’s discrimination against Palestinian refugees in that country or the Syrian Assad regime’s collective punishment of Palestinian refugees in that country and their treatment as second-class citizens. Redundant to three other resolutions adopted on same day (see in this chart) dealing with refugees and UNRWA.
“Operations of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East” [A/C.4/77/L.9]

4th Committee vote (Nov. 11, 2022)

  • 164 Yes
  • 6 No (Canada, Israel, Liberia, Marshall Islands, Micronesia & United States)
  • 5 Abstain
“Reiterates its call upon Israel to fully lift the restrictions impeding or delaying the import of necessary construction materials and supplies for the reconstruction and repair of the remaining damaged or destroyed refugee shelters, and for the implementation of suspended and urgently needed civilian infrastructure projects in refugee camps in the Gaza Strip…” Perpetuates anomaly whereby Palestinians are the only people not served by UNHCR but instead by special agency. Resolution makes one-sided condemnations of Israeli actions, but silent on Palestinian terrorism against Israelis and abuses of Palestinian forces against their own citizens. Ignores UNRWA admission that members of Hamas, a terrorist organization, were on its payroll. Resolution calls on Israel to allow construction materials into the Gaza Strip yet fails to acknowledge Hamas use of such materials to build attack tunnels and other terror infrastructure.
“Palestine refugees’ properties and their revenues” [A/C.4/77/L.11]

4th Committee vote (Nov. 11, 2022)

  • 160 Yes
  • 7 No (Canada, Israel, Liberia, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru & United States)
  • 7 Abstain
“Reaffirms that the Palestine refugees are entitled to their property and to the income derived therefrom, in conformity with the principles of equity and justice…” One-sided resolution ignores claims of 900,000 Jewish refugees displaced from Arab lands. Repeats statements previously established for purpose of censuring Israel and is redundant to other resolutions. Prejudges negotiations.
“Israeli practices affecting the human rights of the Palestinian people in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem” [A/C.4/77/L.12]

4th Committee vote (Nov. 11, 2022)

  • 98 Yes
  • 17 No (including Australia, Canada, Germany, Israel & United States)
  • 52 Abstain
“Gravely concerned by the tensions and violence in the recent period throughout the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem and including with regard to the holy places of Jerusalem, including the Haram al-Sharif, and deploring the loss of innocent civilian life…”

“Decides, in accordance with Article 96 of the Charter of the United
Nations, to request the International Court of Justice, pursuant to Article 65 of the Statute of the Court, to render urgently an advisory opinion on the following questions… (a) What are the legal consequences arising from the ongoing violation by Israel of the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination, from its prolonged
occupation…? (b) How do the policies and practices of Israel referred to in paragraph 18 (a)
above affect the legal status of the occupation…?”

Ignores terror attacks against Israeli civilians within Israel, referring to them only as “tensions and violence” in the “Occupied Palestinian Territory.” This negates the numerous deadly attacks that have occurred in Israeli cities. It also seeks to strip Israel of its inherent right to self-defense by classifying every defensive measure as a violation of international law. Additionally, it refers to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem only by its Islamic name, “Haram al-Sharif” and asks for the ICJ to give an advisory opinion on the legality of the occupation.
“The risk of nuclear proliferation in the Middle East” [A/C.1/77/L.2]

1st Committee Vote (Oct. 28,2022) 

  • 152 Yes
  • 5 No (Canada, Israel, Micronesia, Palau & United States)
  • 24 Abstain
“Recalling that Israel remains the only State in the Middle East that has not yet become a party to the Treaty…” Resolution singles out Israel while ignoring menacing actions of other states, including Iran’s illegal efforts to acquire nuclear weapons in defiance of Security Council and IAEA resolutions. Ignores overt and repeated threats against the existence of Israel by neighboring states in the region.
“Oil slick on Lebanese shores” [A/C.2/77/L.20]

2nd Committee vote (Nov. 10, 2022) 

  • 150 Yes
  • 8 No (Australia, Canada, Israel, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau & United States)
  • 5 Abstain
“Reiterates, for the seventeenth consecutive year, its deep concern about the adverse implications of the destruction by the Israeli Air Force of the oil storage tanks in the direct vicinity of the Lebanese Jiyeh electric power plant for the achievement of sustainable development in Lebanon…” One-sided resolution completely ignores Hezbollah’s role in launching hostilities, firing 4,000 rockets and burning 500,000 trees in Northern Israel. Ignores Lebanon’s non-compliance with SC Resolutions on dismantling Hezbollah. Singles out Israel as only country to be censured under Sustainable Development agenda item.
“Permanent sovereignty of the Palestinian people in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and of the Arab population in the occupied Syrian Golan over their natural resources” [A/C.2/ 77/L.14] 

2nd Committee vote (Nov. 10, 2022)

  • 151 Yes
  • 7 No (Canada, Israel, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau & United States)
  • 10 Abstain

 

“Expressing its grave concern also about the widespread destruction caused by Israel, the occupying Power, to vital infrastructure, including water pipelines, sewage networks and electricity networks, in the Occupied Palestinian Territory…” One-sided resolution denies Israel’s right to self-defense by describing every preventative measure as conspiracy against Palestinian resources. Omits mention of Palestinian terrorism or any Palestinian obligation. Also omits Palestinian harm to natural resources, such as destruction of Gaza greenhouses delivered intact by Israel; Hamas’ commandeering of international aid money to fund the construction of terror tunnels rather than to rebuild destroyed infrastructure; environmental pollution caused by Palestinian tire burning; destruction of flora and fauna with arson balloons and kites; and refusal to develop their own water resources and deal with their own sewage as required by the Oslo Accords.
“The right of the Palestinian people to self-determination” [A/C.3/77/L.50]

3rd Committee vote (Nov. 17, 2022)

  • 167 Yes
  • 5 No (Israel, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru & United States)
  • 7 Abstain
“Recalling the conclusion of the Court, in its advisory opinion of 9 July 2004, that the construction of the wall by Israel, the occupying Power, in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, along with measures previously taken, severely impedes the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination…” Redundantly asserts a principle that Israel has already recognized. Out of hundreds of self-determination claims worldwide, resolution singles out one: the claim against Israel. Omits Palestinian obligation under the Road Map to dismantle terrorist infrastructure before a state is to be created. The Committee already adopts a self-determination resolution for the whole world titled “Universal realization of the right of peoples to self-determination” while singling out Israel with this one resolution for Palestinian self-determination.
“Assistance to the Palestinian people” 

Plenary

Expected

 

“Aware that development is difficult under occupation and is best promoted in circumstances of peace and stability. Noting the great economic and social challenges facing the Palestinian people and their leadership…” This resolution is more balanced when compared to the other anti-Israel texts. However, its references to the difficulty of occupation for Palestinians indirectly implicates Israel. No other occupied or disputed territory throughout the world receives an annual resolution of this type, making it uniquely critical of Israel. This resolution is typically passed by consensus, without a vote.
“Peaceful settlement of the question of Palestine” 

Plenary

Expected

“Reaffirming the illegality of Israeli settlement activities and all other unilateral measures aimed at altering the demographic composition, character and status of the City of Jerusalem and of the Occupied Palestinian Territory as a whole, including the wall and its associated regime, and demanding their immediate cessation, and condemning any use of force against Palestinian civilians in violation of international law, notably children” Blames Israel only for lack of peace. Text is redundant to several other resolutions and serves no effect other than demonization. References to terror fail to name its perpetrators, whereas Israel is named and blamed throughout.
“The Syrian Golan” 

Plenary

Expected

“Deeply concerned that Israel has not withdrawn from the Syrian Golan, which has been under occupation since 1967…” Redundant to A/C.4/76/L.8 on “the Occupied Syrian Golan.” Oblivious to genocidal massacres taking place now in Syria and its security implications for Israel and the civilians of the Golan Heights. Ignores Syria’s history of shelling Israeli communities, its leader’s calls for a “war of annihilation” against Israel, and Syria’s 1967 aggression that led to its loss of the territory. Calls on Israel to negotiate with Syria and Lebanon while not making the same demand of those countries.
“Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People”

Plenary

Expected 

“Noting with deep regret the passage of 52 years since the onset of the Israeli occupation and over 70 years since the adoption of resolution 181 (II) on 29 November 1947 and the Nakba without tangible progress towards a peaceful solution…” Biased committee is one of the veteran pillars of the UN’s anti-Israel infrastructure. It is the only GA human rights committee devoted to a single cause. Its reports systematically turn a blind eye to Palestinian terrorism against Israeli civilians. Committee’s mandate concerns Israeli actions only and is inherently prejudiced and one-sided.
“Division for Palestinian Rights of the Secretariat” 

Plenary

Expected 

“Requests the Division, in particular, to continue to monitor developments relevant to the question of Palestine, to organize international meetings and activities in support of the Committee’s mandate … to liaise and cooperate with civil society and parliamentarians, including through the Working Group of the Committee, to develop and expand the ‘Question of Palestine’ website…” The DPR serves the biased special committee and is dedicated to spreading anti-Israel propaganda the world over. Its 16-member staff is grossly disproportionate to the UN’s other four divisions which cover enormous geographical regions. The DPR’s work is counter-productive to the peace process and seeks to coordinate international boycotts against Israel instead of seeking bridges for peace. Excludes from its events any NGO that declines to swear fealty to its hardline politics.
“Special information program on the question of Palestine of the Department of Public Information of the Secretariat” 

Plenary

Expected 

“Recalling the advisory opinion rendered on 9 July 2004 by the International Court of Justice on the legal consequences of the construction of a wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territory…” The program is one more example of how the neutral UN secretariat is forcibly co-opted by the anti-Israeli forces at the UN. The program eschews a balanced approach by overtly choosing the Palestinian over Israeli narrative, ignoring terrorism against Israeli men, women and children, and other daily realities of Israeli life. Resources devoted to anti-Israel propaganda are taken away from other worthy causes.

 

RESOLUTIONS ON REST OF THE WORLD

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“Resolution condemning the embargo imposed on Cuba by the United States” [A/77/L.5]

Adopted by Plenary Vote (Nov. 3, 2022)

Main Sponsor: Cuba

Plenary Vote (Nov. 3, 2022)

  • 185 Yes
  • 2 No (United States & Israel)
  • 2 Abstain (Brazil & Ukraine)
“The situation in Afghanistan” [A/77/L.11]

Adopted by Plenary Vote (Nov. 10, 2022)

Plenary Vote (Nov. 10, 2022)

  • 116 Yes
  • 0 No
  • 10 Abstain (Belarus, Burundi, China, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Ethiopia, Guinea, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Russian Federation & Zimbabwe)
“Situation of human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea” [A/C.3/77/L.32]

Adopted by 3rd Committee by consensus (Nov. 16, 2022)

Main Sponsors: European Union

Adopted by consensus
“Situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran” [A/C.3/77/L.34]

Adopted by 3rd Committee Vote (Nov. 16, 2022)

Main Sponsor: Canada

3rd Committee Vote (Nov. 16, 2022)

  • 79 Yes
  • 28 No
  • 68 Abstain

 

“Situation of human rights in the temporarily occupied Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, Ukraine” [A/C.3/77/L.35]

Adopted by 3rd Committee Vote (Nov. 16, 2022)

Main Sponsor: Ukraine

3rd Committee Vote (Nov. 16, 2022)

  • 78 Yes
  • 14 No
  • 79 Abstain
“Situation of human rights of Rohingya Muslims and other minorities in Myanmar” [A/C.3/77/L.33/Rev.1]

Adopted by 3rd Committee by consensus (Nov. 16, 2022) 

Main Sponsors: The Organization of Islamic Cooperation and the European Union

Adopted by consensus
“Situation of human rights in the Syrian Arab Republic” [A/C.3/77/L.36/Rev.1]

Adopted by 3rd Committee Vote (Nov. 16, 2022)

Main Sponsor: United States

3rd Committee Vote (Nov. 16, 2022)

  • 90 Yes
  • 14 No
  • 68 Abstain

 

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