Applicability of the Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, of 12 August 1949, to the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and the other Occupied Arab Territories

Year

2017

UN Body

General Assembly

Session

72

Session Type

GA Regular

Symbol

A/RES/72/85

Agenda Item

54

Country Concerned

Israel

Condemnatory

Yes

Analysis

  • The resolution accuses Israel of violating the Fourth Geneva Convention and imposes one-sided demands on Israel alone. Furthermore, it ignores systematic violations of international law by the Hamas government and acts of terror perpetrated by Palestinians, thereby granting them impunity.

Main Sponsors

Cuba

Vote

Yes - 157, No - 7, Abstain - 10

Key Praise

None

Key Criticism

  • "Noting in particular the Court's reply, including that the Fourth Geneva Convention is applicable in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and that Israel is in breach of several of the provisions of the Convention..."
  • "Demands that Israel accept the de jure applicability of the Convention in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and other Arab territories occupied by Israel since 1967, and that it comply scrupulously with the provisions of the Convention."
  • "Calls upon all High Contracting Parties to the Convention, in accordance with article 1 common to the four Geneva Conventions...to continue to exert all efforts to ensure respect for its provisions by Israel, the occupying Power..."

Full Vote

  • Yes157

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  • No7

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  • Abstain10

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