Israel, US team up to block United Nations vote on Jerusalem

Kumar Basu with Khandaker A. Hafiz

The UN General Assembly is scheduled to vote Thursday on a resolution that would express "deep regret at recent decisions concerning the status of Jerusalem", according to a draft text.

On behalf of the Arab League chief, the assistant secretary-general and Ambassador Said Abu Ali said that Jerusalem is a part of occupied Palestine, stressing the importance of proceeding Arab efforts within the global organization to end the occupation.

The Trump administration made it clear the vote would have no effect on its plan to move the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Dr. Saeb Erekat, Secretary of the Executive Committee of Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), said that this day is a historic day in which the peoples and nations stand together for global law, which represents humanity and justice against the language of dictates.

With the UN General Assembly having adopted a resolution rejecting the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel by a 128-to-9 vote, member countries continue to react against the U.S.'s threat of cutting financial aid to those who would vote in favor.

The US and its ally Israel went round threatening the members that whoever votes against the US will not get any aid from the super power. Amid Washington's threats, 35 of the 193 U.N. member nations abstained and 21 were absent. "Very proud to see that India joined over 100 countries at the United Nations to vote against recognizing Jerusalem as the official capital of Israel".

Arab nations here have sought India's support ahead of a rare emergency UN General Assembly session on Thursday that will vote over Jerusalem being recognised by the USA as the capital of Israel.

Afterwards he said in a statement: "Israel thanks President Trump for his unequivocal position in favour of Jerusalem and thanks those countries that voted alongside Israel, alongside the truth".

This vote is further proof that the far-right Israeli-Trump alliance is more isolated than ever as the overwhelming majority of nations are finally recognizing its fatal attempt to undermine both Palestinian rights and the very rule of worldwide law. It is also critical to stopping Trump, Netanyahu and other leaders of the worldwide far-right who are threatening world peace and global justice like never before.

In an earlier Security Council voting the U.S. voted its solitary vote against the other 14 members.

Jordan's monarchy is custodian of Jerusalem's holy shrines, making Amman sensitive to any changes of status of the disputed city. It leads and supports the global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement for Palestinian rights.



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