Permanent sovereignty of the Palestinian people in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and of the Arab population in the occupied Syrian Golan over their natural resources

Year

2021

UN Body

General Assembly

Session

76

Session Type

GA Regular

Symbol

A/RES/76/225

Agenda Item

64

Country Concerned

Israel

Condemnatory

Yes

Analysis

  • The one-sided resolution strongly criticizes Israel for alleged confiscation of Palestinian land and exploitation of Palestinian natural resources and demands Israel cease such actions. It denies Israel's right to self-defense by describing all Israeli preventive measures as a conspiracy against Palestinian natural resources. The text also omits mention of Palestinian terrorism, or any Palestinian obligation. The text further omits mention of Palestinian harm to natural resources, such as destruction of Gaza greenhouses delivered intact by Israel.
  • Hamas’ commandeering of international aid money to fund the construction of terror tunnels rather than to rebuild destroyed infrastructure, pollution of the environment by burning tires, destruction of flora and fauna with arson balloons and kites, and Palestinian refusal to develop their own water resources and deal with their own sewage as required by the Oslo Accords.

Main Sponsors

Group of 77 and China

Vote

Yes - 156, No - 7, Abstain - 15

Key Praise

None

Key Criticism

  • "Expressing its concern about the exploitation by Israel, the occupying Power, of the natural resources of the Occupied Palestinian Territory..."
  • "Demands that Israel, the occupying Power, cease the exploitation, damage, cause of loss or depletion and endangerment of the natural resources in the Occupied Palestinian Territory..."
  • "Recognizes the right of the Palestinian people to claim restitution as a result of any exploitation, damage, loss or depletion or endangerment of their natural resources resulting from illegal measures taken by Israel, the occupying Power..."
  • "Stresses that the wall and settlements being constructed by Israel in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including in and around East Jerusalem, are contrary to international law..."

Full Vote

  • Yes156

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  • No7

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  • Abstain15

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