Jerusalem

Year

2018

UN Body

General Assembly

Session

73

Session Type

GA Regular

Symbol

A/RES/73/22

Agenda Item

38

Country Concerned

Israel

Condemnatory

Yes

Analysis

  • The resolution criticizes Israeli actions in Jerusalem and calls them illegal. Such harsh language is not used even against regimes like Iran. It implies that Israel hinders freedom of religion when the opposite is true. Before 1967, Jordan destroyed Jewish holy sites and denied access to Jews, while under Israel, all faiths have access to the city and enjoy full freedoms. Also, the resolution describes the Temple Mount using the Islamic term "Haram al-Sharif," ignoring Jewish and Christian history. Furthermore, the resolution is redundant and serves no purpose other than demonization of Israel.

Main Sponsors

Egypt

Vote

Yes - 148, No - 11, Abstain - 14

Key Praise

None

Key Criticism

  • "Expressing its grave concern also, in particular, about the continuation by Israel, the occupying Power, of illegal settlement activities, including measures regarding the so-called E-1 plan, its construction of the wall in and around East Jerusalem, its restrictions on Palestinian access to and residence in East Jerusalem..."
  • "Expressing its concern about the Israeli excavations undertaken in the Old City of Jerusalem, including in and around religious sites."
  • "Expressing its grave concern, in particular, about tensions, provocations and incitement regarding the holy places of Jerusalem, including the Haram al-Sharif..."
  • "Reiterates its determination that any actions taken by Israel, the occupying Power, to impose its laws, jurisdiction and administration on the Holy City of Jerusalem are illegal and therefore null and void and have no validity whatsoever, and calls upon Israel to immediately cease all such illegal and unilateral measures."

Full Vote

  • Yes148

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  • No11

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  • Abstain14

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