Israeli practices affecting the human rights of the Palestinian people in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem

Year

2020

UN Body

General Assembly

Session

75

Session Type

GA Regular

Symbol

A/RES/75/98

Agenda Item

53

Country Concerned

Israel

Condemnatory

Yes

Analysis

  • The resolution repeatedly and harshly condemns Israel for numerous human rights violations and violations of international law and makes one-sided demands on Israel, while ignoring Palestinian violations. For example, the resolution ignores terror attacks against Israeli civilians within Israel, referring to them only as “tensions and violence” in the “Occupied Palestinian Territory.” This negates the numerous deadly terror attacks that have occurred in Israeli cities. By classifying all of Israel's defensive actions as violations of international law, the resolution seeks to strip Israel of its inherent right to self-defense. Additionally, the resolution refers to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem only by its Islamic name, “Haram al-Sharif.”

Main Sponsors

Cuba, Egypt, Kuwait, Morocco, Nicaragua, Oman, Qatar, Palestine

Vote

Yes - 147, No - 10, Abstain - 16

Key Praise

None

Key Criticism

  • "Deeply regretting that 53 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..."
  • "Expressing grave concern about the continuing systematic violation of the human rights of the Palestinian people by Israel, the occupying Power..."
  • "Deploring the continuing and negative consequences of the conflicts in and around the Gaza Strip and the high number of causalities among Palestinian civilians in the recent period, including among children..."
  • "Gravely concerned by reports regarding serious human rights violations and grave breaches of international humanitarian law committed during during the successive military operations in the Gaza Strip..."
  • "Demands that Israel, the occupying Power, cease all measures contrary to international law, as well as discriminatory legislation, policies and actions in the Occupied Palestinian Territory that violate the human rights of the Palestinian people..."
  • "Also demands that Israel, the occupying Power, comply fully with the provisions of the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949 and cease immediately all measures and actions taken in violation and in breach of the Convention."
  • "Calls for urgent measures to ensure the safety and protection of the Palestinian civilian population in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem..."
  • "Condemns all acts of violence, including all acts of terror, provocation, incitement and destruction, especially any use of force by the Israeli occupying forces against Palestinian civilians in violation of international law, particularly in the Gaza Strip..."

Full Vote

  • Yes147

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  • No10

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  • Abstain16

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