Proposed programme budget for 2024: section 26, Palestine refugees

Year

2023

UN Body

General Assembly

Session

78

Session Type

GA Regular

Symbol

A/RES/78/251

Agenda Item

134

Country Concerned

Israel

Condemnatory

Yes

Analysis

  • This resolution, adopted in the context of Israel's post-October 7th war against Hamas, clearly targets Israel even though it does not mention either Israel or Hamas by name. It strongly condemns the killing of those sheltering in UN premises and the destruction of UN property. It also calls to respect civilian infrastructure, including hospitals and schools.
  • Since Israel is the party attacking in Gaza and the resolution fails to hold Hamas accountable either for starting the war or for embedding itself in the Gaza civilian infrastructure in violation of international law, including by launching rockets from, storing weapons in, and constructing tunnels under schools and hospitals, there is no doubt the condemnation is directed at Israel.
  • Moreover, Israel called for a vote on the resolution and voted against it.

Main Sponsors

Group of 77 and China

Vote

Yes - 137, No - 2, Abstain - 22, Absent - 32

Key Praise

None

Key Criticism

  • "Condemns in the strongest possible terms the killing of Agency staff and refugees sheltered under the United Nations flag."
  • "Condemns in the strongest possible terms the destruction of buildings under the United Nations flag."
  • "Calls for respect and protection, consistent with international humanitarian law, of all civilian and humanitarian facilities, including hospitals and other medical facilities, as well as their means of transport and equipment, schools, places of worship and United Nations facilities, as well as all of the humanitarian and medical personnel and journalists, media professionals and associated personnel in armed conflict in the region."

Full Vote

  • Yes137

    • Algeria
    • Angola
    • Argentina
    • Armenia
    • Austria
    • Azerbaijan
    • Bahamas
    • Bahrain
    • Bangladesh
    • Barbados
    • Belarus
    • Belgium
    • Bhutan
    • Bolivia
    • Bosnia and Herzegovina
    • Botswana
    • Brazil
    • Brunei
    • Bulgaria
    • Burkina Faso
    • Burundi
    • Cape Verde
    • Cambodia
    • Chad
    • Chile
    • China
    • Colombia
    • Comoros
    • Congo
    • Costa Rica
    • Croatia
    • Cuba
    • Cyprus
    • Czech Republic
    • North Korea
    • Djibouti
    • Dominican Republic
    • Ecuador
    • Egypt
    • El Salvador
    • Equatorial Guinea
    • Eritrea
    • Estonia
    • Ethiopia
    • Finland
    • France
    • Gambia
    • Germany
    • Ghana
    • Greece
    • Grenada
    • Guyana
    • Haiti
    • Honduras
    • Iceland
    • India
    • Indonesia
    • Iran
    • Iraq
    • Ireland
    • Italy
    • Jamaica
    • Japan
    • Jordan
    • Kenya
    • Kuwait
    • Kyrgyzstan
    • Laos
    • Latvia
    • Lebanon
    • Lesotho
    • Libya
    • Liechtenstein
    • Lithuania
    • Luxembourg
    • Malaysia
    • Maldives
    • Mali
    • Malta
    • Mauritius
    • Mexico
    • Mongolia
    • Morocco
    • Mozambique
    • Myanmar
    • Namibia
    • Nepal
    • Netherlands
    • Nicaragua
    • Niger
    • Nigeria
    • Norway
    • Oman
    • Pakistan
    • Panama
    • Peru
    • Philippines
    • Poland
    • Portugal
    • Qatar
    • South Korea
    • Moldova
    • Romania
    • Russia
    • St. Kitts and Nevis
    • St. Lucia
    • St. Vincent and the Grenadines
    • Saudi Arabia
    • Senegal
    • Sierra Leone
    • Singapore
    • Slovakia
    • Slovenia
    • Solomon Islands
    • Somalia
    • South Africa
    • Sri Lanka
    • Sudan
    • Suriname
    • Sweden
    • Switzerland
    • Syria
    • Tajikistan
    • Thailand
    • Trinidad and Tobago
    • Tunisia
    • Turkmenistan
    • Turkey
    • Uganda
    • United Arab Emirates
    • United Kingdom
    • Tanzania
    • Uruguay
    • Uzbekistan
    • Vietnam
    • Yemen
    • Zimbabwe
  • No2

    • Australia
    • Israel
  • Abstain22

    • Albania
    • Andorra
    • Cameroon
    • Canada
    • Ivory Coast
    • Denmark
    • Georgia
    • Guatemala
    • Hungary
    • Monaco
    • Montenegro
    • New Zealand
    • Macedonia
    • Palau
    • Papua New Guinea
    • Paraguay
    • San Marino
    • South Sudan
    • Spain
    • Togo
    • Ukraine
    • United States
  • Absent32

    • Afghanistan
    • Antigua and Barbuda
    • Belize
    • Benin
    • Central African Republic
    • Democratic Republic of Congo
    • Dominica
    • Swaziland
    • Fiji
    • Gabon
    • Guinea
    • Guinea Bissau
    • Kazakhstan
    • Kiribati
    • Liberia
    • Madagascar
    • Malawi
    • Marshall Islands
    • Mauritania
    • Micronesia
    • Nauru
    • Rwanda
    • Samoa
    • Sao Tome and Principe
    • Serbia
    • Seychelles
    • East Timor
    • Tonga
    • Tuvalu
    • Vanuatu
    • Venezuela
    • Zambia