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

Year

2017

UN Body

General Assembly

Session

72

Session Type

GA Regular

Symbol

A/RES/72/86

Agenda Item

54

Country Concerned

Israel

Condemnatory

Yes

Analysis

  • This resolution condemns Israel for settlements and accuses it of violating international law using very harsh language. In doing so, it adopts the Palestinian position on issues that the Oslo Accords left to negotiations, such as borders and settlements. Israel is treated with disdain in comparison to praise and deference shown to governments in UN resolutions on other countries, such as Myanmar.

Main Sponsors

Cuba

Vote

Yes - 155, No - 7, Abstain - 12

Key Praise

None

Key Criticism

  • "Deploring the continuing unlawful construction by Israel of the wall inside the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including in and around East Jerusalem, and expressing its concern in particular about the route of the wall in departure from the Armistice Line of 1949..."
  • "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."
  • "Reiterates its demand for the immediate and complete cessation of all Israeli settlement activities in all of the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and in the occupied Syrian Golan..."
  • "Demands that Israel, the occupying Power, comply with its legal obligations, as mentioned in the advisory opinion rendered on 9 July 2004 by the International Court of Justice."

Full Vote

  • Yes155

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  • No7

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  • Abstain12

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