Occupied Palestine

Year

2020

UN Body

UNESCO

Session

209

Session Type

UNESCO EB

Agenda Item

24

Country Concerned

Israel

Condemnatory

No

Analysis

  • While the resolution acknowledges the importance of the Old Cities of Jerusalem and Hebron to the three monotheistic religions, it repeatedly criticizes Israel using extremely harsh language. In particular, the resolution condemns Israel for violating international law with its archaeological excavations and security measures at these sites. Nevertheless, because the resolution was adopted by consensus, it is classified as non-condemnatory.

Vote

Consensus

Key Praise

None

Key Criticism

  • "Bearing in mind that all legislative and administrative measures and actions taken by Israel, the occupying Power, which have altered or purport to alter the character and status of the Holy City of Jerusalem...are null and void and must be rescinded forthwith."
  • "Regrets the failure of the Israeli occupying authorities to cease the persistent excavations, tunneling, works and projects in East Jerusalem, particularly in and around the Old City of Jerusalem, which are illegal under international law..."
  • "Deeply deplores the ongoing military developments around the Gaza Strip and their heavy toll of civilian casualties..."
  • "Reaffirms that the two concerned sites located in Al-Khalil/Hebron and in Bethlehem are an integral part of Occupied Palestinian Territory, and shares the conviction affirmed by the international community that the two sites are of religious significance for Judaism, Christianity and Islam."
  • "Deplores the ongoing Israeli excavations, works, construction of private roads for settlers and of a wall inside the Old City of Al-Khalil/Hebron which are illegal under international law..."

Full Vote

  • Yes0

  • No0

  • Abstain0