Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and in the occupied Syrian Golan

Year

2020

UN Body

Human Rights Council

Session

43

Session Type

HRC Regular

Agenda Item

7

Country Concerned

Israel

Condemnatory

Yes

Analysis

  • The resolution harshly condemns all Israeli settlement activities and demands "Israel, the occupying Power," cease such activities.
  • Furthermore, the resolution reiterates the call for discriminatory economic treatment of Israel on account of its settlement policies. The unbalanced text ignores Palestinian terrorism and other violations. It also contains no praise.
  • Moreover, the resolution was adopted under Item 7, the discriminatory Agenda Item which singles out Israel for censure, signaling criticism of Israel.

Main Sponsors

Organization of Islamic Cooperation

Vote

Yes - 36, No - 2, Abstain - 9, Absent - 0

Key Praise

None

Key Criticism

  • "Reaffirms that the Israeli settlements established since 1967 in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and in the occupied Syrian Golan are illegal under international law, and constitute a major obstacle to the achievement of the two-State solution and a just, lasting and comprehensive peace, and to economic and social development."
  • "Demands that Israel, the occupying Power, immediately cease all settlement activities in all the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and in the occupied Syrian Golan..."
  • "Also demands that Israel, the occupying Power, comply fully with its legal obligations, as mentioned in the advisory opinion rendered on 9 July 2004 by the International Court of Justice..."
  • "Condemns the continuing settlement and related activities by Israel, including the construction and expansion of settlements..."
  • "Calls upon business enterprises to take all measures necessary to comply with their responsibilities under the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and relevant international laws and standards with respect to their activities in or in relation to the Israeli settlements and the wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem..."

Full Vote

  • Yes36

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  • No2

    • Australia
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  • Abstain9

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    • Brazil
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    • Czech Republic
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    • Slovakia
    • Togo
    • Ukraine
  • Absent0