Work of the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People and other Arabs of the Occupied Territories

Year

2017

UN Body

General Assembly

Session

72

Session Type

GA Regular

Symbol

A/RES/72/84

Agenda Item

54

Country Concerned

Israel

Condemnatory

Yes

Analysis

  • This one-sided resolution strongly and repeatedly criticizes Israel and perpetuates a committee with the blatantly biased mandate of examining only Israeli actions, but ignoring Hamas, Islamic Jihad and Fatah terrorism. Contrary to international law and resolution 242, it claims that occupation itself is a human rights violation.

Main Sponsors

Cuba

Vote

Yes - 83, No - 10, Abstain - 77

Key Praise

None

Key Criticism

  • "Convinced that occupation itself represents a gross and grave violation of human rights."
  • "Noting with deep regret that 50 years have passed since the onset of the Israeli occupation, and stressing the urgent need for efforts to reverse the negative trends on the ground..."
  • "Gravely concerned about the continuing detrimental impact of ongoing unlawful Israeli practices and measures in the Occupied Palestinian Territory..."
  • "Deplores those policies and practices of Israel that violate the human rights of the Palestinian people and other Arabs of the occupied territories, as reflected in the report of the Special Committee covering the reporting period."
  • "Expresses grave concern about the critical situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, particularly in the Gaza Strip, as a result of unlawful Israeli practices and measures, and especially condemns and calls for the immediate cessation of all illegal Israeli settlement activities and the construction of the wall, the lifting of the blockade of the Gaza Strip, as well as a complete cessation of the excessive and indiscriminate use of force and military operations against the civilian population..."
  • "Requests the Special Committee, pending complete termination of the Israeli occupation, to continue to investigate Israeli policies and practices in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem..."

Full Vote

  • Yes83

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  • No10

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  • Abstain77

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