Israeli annexation of Jerusalem at the UN

Gilles d'Aymery aymery at
Thu Dec 5 12:11:09 MST 2002

[Left totally unreported in the US Media...]

Agence France Presse
December 3, 2002 Tuesday
SECTION: Domestic, non-Washington, General News
HEADLINE: In shift in policy, US votes against UN Assembly resolution

The United States on Tuesday voted for the first time against a UN
General Assembly resolution condemning the Israeli annexation of
East Jerusalem, instead of abstaining as in previous years.

The non-binding resolution declared that Israel's Basic Law -- which
proclaimed Jerusalem as the eternal and indivisible capital of the
Jewish state -- was "illegal and therefore null and void and has no
validity whatsoever."

One of six texts adopted by overwhelming majorities in the Assembly,
it passed by 154 votes to five, with six abstentions. For the first time
also, all 15 members of the European Union voted for the text. In
addition to the United States and Israel itself, Costa Rica, the
Marshall Islands and the Federated States of Micronesia opposed the
proposition, which called on all countries with embassies in Jerusalem
to pull out of the city.

Last year, Nauru was the only country to vote with Israel. This year,
Nauru abstained.

The resolution deplored "the transfer of some states of their diplomatic
missions to Jerusalem in violation of Security Council Resolution 478
of 1980 and their refusal to comply with the provisions of that

The Assembly voted by 160 to four in favour of another resolution
which called for a final peaceful settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian

Three countries abstained on the vote on that text, which endorsed the
efforts of the so-called Quartet -- the United States, the United
Nations, Russia and the EU -- and called for all measures taken on
the ground since the start of the Palestinian intifada in September
2000 to be reversed.

A resolution "stressing the illegality of Israel's settlement construction
and activities on the occupied Syrian Golan since 1967" was adopted
by 109 votes to four with 57 abstentions.

Three other texts, adopted by similar majorities, commended the
committee on the exercise of the inalienable rights of the Palestinian
people and  other aspects of the UN system and work.

Gilles d'Aymery

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