Broad consensus against the occupation of Palestine: Israel’s setback at the UN

Another diplomatic victory for the Palestinian people with the adoption, last Saturday, by the United Nations General Assembly of a resolution asking the International Court of Justice in The Hague, the high UN court responsible for disputes between States, to determine “the legal consequences of the continuing violation of the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination”as well as the measures “aimed at altering the demographic composition, character and status of the Holy City of Jerusalem”. The resolution was adopted, on the night of Friday to Saturday, with 87 votes for, 26 against and 53 abstentions. The particularity of this new resolution of the United Nations General Assembly on Palestine, reaffirming the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination and the denunciation, by the international community, of the occupation israeli from the palestinian territories, lies in the fact that it caused a schism at the level of the traditional supporters of the Israeli entity. In particular, the countries of the European Union, like France, which refocused its position on the issue by abstaining from the vote, unlike other countries, such as the United States, which persist in their unconditional support for Israel. In addition to the United States, the United Kingdom and Germany also opposed the resolution, conversely, the two other powers, permanent members of the Security Council: China and Russia, which act as a counterweight to Europe, the United States and their allies in the world on a number of international issues, voted for the latest resolution of the UN General Assembly. Another striking fact which marks a turning point in the evolution of the Palestinian dossier: the massive vote in favor of this resolution by the Arab countries, including those which have normalized their relations with the Zionist entity. In all likelihood, the Arab unity rediscovered at the Arab Summit in Algiers last November weighed heavily in the Arab consensus sealed around the defense of the Palestinian cause in international bodies. Although non-binding, unlike Security Council decisions which are enforceable, the UN GA resolution which explicitly recognizes the colonialist, racist and sectarian nature and purpose of the annexationist enterprise of occupied Palestine by the Zionist entity is a valuable new asset in the struggle of the Palestinian people for the liberation of their homeland. A political victory of right over force that is worth its weight in gold. By its timing, by intervening, the day after the composition of the most right-wing new government that the Zionist entity has had to know in recent decades, with the appointment to key posts of the Ministries of the Interior and Defense, inveterate supporters of colonization and the purification of Palestine of its indigenous populations. Plans for the formal expulsion of Palestinian populations to neighboring Arab countries are included in the political programs of the far-right parties that make up the government coalition, without this disturbing Western democracies. Worse, by their silence and complicity, the latter endorse the disguised expulsions through the forced departure of Palestinians to more lenient skies, in different parts of the planet, under the effects of war. The Palestinian representative to the UN, Riyad Mansour, perceived, in this regard, in the vote on the resolution, a signal to the new government of Prime Minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, in the perspective of a strengthening of policies “colonial and racist”, while saluting the States which have refused to allow themselves “dissuade by threats and pressure”. “The time has come for the occupier to submit to the law”, declared, for his part, Nabil Abou Roudeïna, the spokesman of the President of the State of Palestine, Mahmoud Abbas. In contrast, and not surprisingly, the permanent representative of the Zionist entity to the United Nations, Gilad Erdan, described the resolution as “moral stain on the UN”, not hesitating to challenge the United Nations. “No international organization can decide whether the Jewish people are occupiers in their own native land,” he asserted. The same attitude of contempt is displayed vis-à-vis the International Court of Justice in The Hague: “Any decision of a judicial organization that receives its mandate from a politicized and morally bankrupt United Nations is completely illegitimate”, he accused. As a reminder, it should be noted that the resolution on Palestine adopted last Saturday by the UN General Assembly comes after the vote, on 11 November last, of another resolution by the 4th Committee of the General Assembly of United Nations, by an overwhelming majority of 98 votes in favor and only 17 against, asking the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to rule on the effects of the illegal occupation and colonization of the Palestinian territories by Israel. The resolution is titled “Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, Including East Jerusalem.” The pressure exerted by the Israeli entity and its allies to abort the adoption of the resolution failed miserably. The judges of the ICJ seem aware of the legal merits of the request and intend to open an investigation into the crimes committed by the Israeli army against the Palestinian civilian populations, as confirmed during the last annual meeting of the Court held in mid-December, attended by the Palestinian Foreign Minister as a representative of the Palestinian Authority.

Broad consensus against the occupation of Palestine: Israel’s setback at the UN